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Old 06-28-2013, 12:50 PM
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Hi y'all, I'm sure this has been discussed and cussed in many threads but I have a 24' GW with hard top and I'm looking for the best radar I can get under $2000.00. I have, on board, a Lowrance HDS 5, 1st gen and a humminbird 898 c si. I know humminbird makes a 4kw and lowrance has the 3G and 4g but is there something better that I should look at. The 4g seems good but my screen is only 5".

Anyone have any opinions?
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Not sure if you want to go to another brand or have room for another screen, but what about a Garmin 740s and a Garmin 18HD dome? I see the package being sold online for $1865, but I'm sure one of our vendors can hook you up! SemperFishing is always a good guy to go to.

This way you have a bigger screen to read the radar and a backup gps plotter. And $135 for beer money.
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My proposal is a Simrad NSS7 navigation pack with 3G radar (same as Lowrance). Much better radar than the Garmin, better user interface as radar and the 4:3 screen of NSS7 is better suited for radar than the widescreen 740.

NSS7 has the same built in sonar as HDS-5 and can use the same transducers.

$2184 at BOM

http://www.boemarine.com/simrad-nss7...r-map-2599-00/
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[QUOTE=BrigRigs;5774010. And $135 for beer money.[/QUOTE]


BrigRig, with statements such as this, you would fit right in with my crew.
Thank you for your input.

I'm liking that Simrad nss7 it is a touch more than my budget but I think I would be happier with the broadband style radar. Power consumption, for me, is a factor.

Thank y'all for all your input. I truly appreciate it.
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You gotta keep your priorities straight, that's all I can say! Hahahaha.
One thing to keep in mid is the NSS7 is only 6.4" screen, the Garmin is 7".
Doesnt sound like much, but when I had a C70 Radar system on my Scout, I would have to be inches away from the screen to read the radar. I would be looking for something with as much screen as you can fit in your boat and budget. Simrad is sweet stuff, I just re-rigged with all garmin only because I am used to it and have a bunch of parts already. Just my two cents.
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I have had excellent responses from my Garmin users...they like the lower cost and ease of use...and the 1 kw sonar.
Most simply think that saving about $300. and getting a bit larger screen has merit to go that direction.
And for the extra money on the Simrad that is also well spent.
It just sometimes comes down to ones budget.

I also have good responses from my customers for the the Furuno 1623 Radar @ $1365 & FUR 1715...$1650.....excellent systems.

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I would not recommend anyone splitting a 6.4-7" screen when used as radar. The 6.4" 4:3 screen of NSS7 has a larger vertical height than the 7" Garmin widescreen. For radar it is not the width of the screen which is most important, but the height which is the one showing the waters ahead.

I have NSS7 and the widescreen 7" Lowrance HDS-7 Touch on my boat. The radar looks much better on the Simrad than the Lowrance.

NSS has a hybrid touch, rotary controller and button interface. For adjusting functions like radar and fishfinder the combination of touch and rotary controller is far better than anything else I've tried.

Here is a review of 18" radars done by PBO in UK

http://www.pronav.no/gendocs/Practic...2011_Radar.pdf
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Originally Posted by captjohn62 View Post
Hi y'all, I'm sure this has been discussed and cussed in many threads but I have a 24' GW with hard top and I'm looking for the best radar I can get under $2000.00. I have, on board, a Lowrance HDS 5, 1st gen and a humminbird 898 c si. I know humminbird makes a 4kw and lowrance has the 3G and 4g but is there something better that I should look at. The 4g seems good but my screen is only 5".

Anyone have any opinions?
Don't know anything at all about RADAR from Lowrance or Hummingbird but I have used the small Furuno stand a lone units on both my Father's old Grady and on my Parker 25. If tuned correctly and the operator is well practiced on the usage of the unit IMO the little Furunos work very well. Personally I have operated a lot in both the fog and darkness relying the Furunos.

Here are a couple of options under 2K$.

http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?...795&id=1205089

http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?...8795&id=145647

Note: IMHO with RADAR, going as big as your budget can afford and you have room to mount in your boat is good practice. As in a few $100 extra to get the larger screen and array is money well spent in terms of RADAR. The extra $$ spent for the larger display/array will yield noticeable performance differences.

If you have experience using marine RADAR then disregard but if this is an initial RADAR experience, the KEY to using RADAR effectively is PRACTICE. Having a RADAR Sytem on the boat is one thing , being able to tune it and use it correctly when conditions mandate it's use is entirely another affair.......

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I agree with abbor on this. I had both a Garmin 740s and Simrad NSS8. The Simrad user interface is so much easier to use than the Garmin. Those few extra buttons on the Simrad makes all the difference in the world when you're bouncing around. As for screen size, it's like what abbor said. Vertical size of screen is more important that horizontal size. I really don't care about what is miles and miles away from me on my right or left when I'm in the fog but I'm extremely concerned about what's in front of me. I think you'll like either unit but I suggest you go and take a good look at the NSS7 and play around with it. In my opinion, Simrad has it over the Garmin and I have owned both brands.
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Originally Posted by BrigRigs View Post
Not sure if you want to go to another brand or have room for another screen, but what about a Garmin 740s and a Garmin 18HD dome? I see the package being sold online for $1865, but I'm sure one of our vendors can hook you up! SemperFishing is always a good guy to go to.

This way you have a bigger screen to read the radar and a backup gps plotter. And $135 for beer money.
this was my thought before even reading his post.
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