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Help picking separate GPS and FF

Old 04-05-2005, 04:22 AM
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I've been overseas for two years, and am now getting back into Cheasapeake fishing this summer. During my absence, my electronics knowledge has become "non-contemporary" - to say the least - and the search function turns up year old info on separates at best. The boat I sold when Uncle Sam told me to go west was outfitted with a Lowrance LCX-15 combo gps/ff - good unit but I never fell in love with switching back and forth between functions. So now I want to go color separates, with approx $1500 as a limit for both. Room is not an issue (I don't think!) - Parker 21SE with an electronics box. Fishing would be mainly in mid and lower bay, with occasional runs offshore. What would you guys suggest?
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Raymarine DS500x and the Ray 435 chartplotter

or the Garmin 182C and the 320C fishfinder

their new 192 is not due out till summer ...

On Furuno the FCV600L and the GP1650 plotter but your going over budget then ....

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Garmin 182C and the FURUNO 600L...
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For the sounder I'd recommend the Furuno 600L for fishing the Bay, paired with the appropriate transducer. Airmar P66 or Airmar tilted element would be two that I'd consider pairing with that sounder.

For the GPS/chartplotter, the Garmin 182c or 2006c depending on your helm real-estate and budget.
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To your list of machines to consider, add the Si-Tex Dynamic Duo: the ColorMax 6 and the CVS-106L for about $1300. They were very well regarded in an evaluation done by Powerboat Reports in March 2004, preferred over the Garmin 188C.

Btw, the only reason for separate machines is because you have small display screens. Reliability issues are pretty much a thing of past, and multi-function machines can display multiple windows. If you wanted everything on one screen you can do it with the Garmin 188C but I would highly recommend a larger display, 10-inches min for multiple windows. That way when you split the screen you get two usable 5-inch displays. If you are interested in 10-inch multi-function machines, you will need to budget an additional $1200.

I donít think brand name loyalty ever gets as high as it does with marine electronics. Folks tend to love or hate the machines based on brand name alone. I am not entirely immune to that. I am the only person on the whole planet that is not enamored with Garminís marine products. I think Garmin has a fine line of handheld GPS for use on terra firma, but thatís it. For me, in one way or another their marine products always come up short, over priced, and under warrantied. The only thing that Garmin has done that has impressed me was the display on a monochrome ff called the Blue Line. The actual ff itself didnít impress me. I refuse to put Garmin in the same class of product as Furuno. But thatís just me and my opinion. Iím sure almost everyone else feels differently about Garminís marine products.

Good luck with your shopping. When you narrow down your choices you should post back here again and folks can weigh in with pros and cons of each model.

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