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Old 07-16-2013, 04:13 PM
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I am in the market for a new GPS unit for my boat. Previous owner took old one with sale. That being said is there a sticky for me to review and gain some basic info? I've been looking at what is out there and I see that I could break the bank if I wanted to. What would be a unit that gives basic chart plotting with other features? Is a separate fish finder really necessary if we are not avid fishermen?
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Start looking at mid sized combo units like Simrad NSS7, Garmin 740s or Raymarine e7. All are good units, go to a dealer carrying all the brands and try to find out which user interface you prefer.

Of course if you have the budget for it a 8-9" unit would be even better due to the larger screen, and often better screen resolution.
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What size boat? What do you use boat for? What kind of waters do you use it on? What is your budget?

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What size boat? What do you use boat for? What kind of waters do you use it on? What is your budget?

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Yes, needed info:

24' cruiser
Mostly all ocean:
Rhode Island bay areas, possibly LI sound and maybe north towards Mass
Light fishing
Up to $1,000 but that would be top end......
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740s!!!!!!!!
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ya....I would suggest a minimum 7" screen. Lucky for you, that is a saturated segment of MFD's. How big is the hole in the helm from the old one? Choosing a brand is like choosing a car manufacturer, everyone will have different opinions for different reasons. Personally, I'm a Garmin fan...and they have a couple reasonable offerings for your budget. In my opinion, you can never have too large of a screen. Some THT Sponsors offer some good deals at times on remanufactured Garmin units...which come with a warranty. If you have a West Marine (or equivalent) near you, go there and check out the different units. Its a large purchase, you don't want to regret the brand you buy. As Bama says, Garmin 740's are a good unit and reasonably priced.
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Originally Posted by DamonD View Post
ya....I would suggest a minimum 7" screen. Lucky for you, that is a saturated segment of MFD's. How big is the hole in the helm from the old one? Choosing a brand is like choosing a car manufacturer, everyone will have different opinions for different reasons. Personally, I'm a Garmin fan...and they have a couple reasonable offerings for your budget. In my opinion, you can never have too large of a screen. Some THT Sponsors offer some good deals at times on remanufactured Garmin units...which come with a warranty. If you have a West Marine (or equivalent) near you, go there and check out the different units. Its a large purchase, you don't want to regret the brand you buy. As Bama says, Garmin 740's are a good unit and reasonably priced.
Yes, I figured this may spark some debate.(choices....) I'm partial to Garmin with the good experiences I have had of their other products. I should have enough mounting space for the 740S to fit. There is a West Marine nearby that I can get a closer look at that unit as well.

What would you say to something used, if the right one came along? With this type of item is that not a good idea?
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I don't like to buy used... Only new or remanufactured.

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