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Old 02-24-2013, 02:29 PM
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Hi fellas,

I'm looking for a new toy for the boat. I'd like to replace my 7 year old Lowrance with a new GPS/fish finder. I'm considering the Garmin 740s or 720s. Both are around $1,000.

Any suggestions? I have no plans to ever have XM weather or autopilot. I will be using it on my 24 Pathfinder.

Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:45 PM
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lowrance elite 7?
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:50 PM
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i have the Garmin 740s for last 2yrs and work very fine as gps and fish finder plus my is connected to a radar
for the last 20yrs have used garmin products and very satisfied for the seevice and support
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:56 PM
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Right now the Garmin is a positive for many boats.....an excellent track record and now a competitive price.
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Old 02-24-2013, 04:41 PM
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Installed a 740s recently and just added a GDL 40 Cellular Weather unit (albeit for $300 extra).

Excellent GPS and great functionality for the price.
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Old 02-24-2013, 05:20 PM
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I have a 740s and really like it. I am very biased as I have Garmin's in all of my cars and I think that Garmin technical support is the best. I am sure that the Lowrance that someone else recommended would do well too.
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Old 02-24-2013, 05:49 PM
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Garmin will give you a great GPS with a decent Fishfinder. Structure scan with your boat would be very nice, depending how you use it, but that would mean Lowrance or Simrad.
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:09 AM
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The 740s has been very popular and is very easy to use and fast processor. Like stiletto said it is not as useful in the sonar portion as far as additional options(side scan) but nice solid unit, for a great price.
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:12 AM
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As the others, I have the 740s... Solid performer!
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:05 AM
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The 740s will require a more expensive transducer than a Lowrance to give acceptable sonar performance.
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by abbor View Post
The 740s will require a more expensive transducer than a Lowrance to give acceptable sonar performance.
In his boat, he may be a very shallow water fisherman who doesn't even need something more than depth. But with that boat, I would be everywhere
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:44 PM
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Thanks for the feedback guys. I've heard a little about the side scanning, which sounds neat, but I probably wouldn't use it much.
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stick to the 740s..Ive had a couple and they are great/super fast units.
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I just purchased the NSS 7 from Simrad for a little over your price at the AC boat show.
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I have the 740s. Love it. Easy to use, no issues. Fits my needs. Go it from Semperfi.
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Sorry, I just got my invoice. The simrad nss7 was under a grand and I got a 100 rebate
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simrad nss7 was 925 after rebate. really fast redraw and easy to use,plus you get buttons and a knob to control functions when you dont feel like using the touch. havnt tried out the sonar on it yet ,but its got good reviews. i used the 740s on my buddies boat trolling in rough water and i had a hard time performing the functions i wanted with just a touch screen.not saying the 740s is infierior, just my 2 cents!
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Originally Posted by mangler View Post
simrad nss7 was 925 after rebate. really fast redraw and easy to use,plus you get buttons and a knob to control functions when you dont feel like using the touch. havnt tried out the sonar on it yet ,but its got good reviews. i used the 740s on my buddies boat trolling in rough water and i had a hard time performing the functions i wanted with just a touch screen.not saying the 740s is infierior, just my 2 cents!
Perhaps you can elaborate further. What were functions were you trying to perform that were so difficult?
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Not tring to steal the therad, i have been told that the lawrance HDS 12 will do every thing but cook breakfast. On here i hear the 740s garmin is the way to go is that because of price? is the HGS12 worth 2-2.5k more? I know nothing. I want to find the spot and then find the fish and see the bottom. I will be fishing shallow bays where i probably won't anything but would like to run 40-50 miles offshore in good weather.
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