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Old 07-17-2005, 09:54 PM
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Never had a boat, until now. I will soon be everyone's worst nightmare... Newbie on the water. I had to find somehting to get my @ss off the couch on weekends. I have friends with boats and have been fishin a few times (three times in two years, before then... nothing). They have Garmin and Raymarine.

I got a 2005 Scout 210 Sportfish. The dealers and installers all have recommended the Lowrance 337 as a great all around unit for gps and fishfinder. I have seen the Garmin 188c in action as well as the 12" Raymarine display with the networked system. The Raymarine is a little much for me from any aspect (cost, experience, etc.) but the Garmin is nice. The Lowrance 337 seems similar to the Garmin. I have been told that Garmin does better with the GPS function and the Lowrance does better with the fishfinder. One of the questions that I have about the GPS is the information you get from them. I have been told that you can get information on gas locations, restaurants, launch ramps, etc. from them. Is this information from add-on chips or through the gps functionality itself?

As far as radar, in the Boater's World catalog it indicates that there are Lowrance radars that attach to the 337, but I can not find any information for these radars on Lowrances site. (When you google search for the radar units you get hits for lowrance's german, french, etc. sites, but not in the US). If this is even available as an option, is it a good radar solution for someone starting out? The smallest radar is 1Kw at around $1000. Is there something else I should consider.

Already have a lot put into the cost of the boat itself. Looking to outfit the electronics for around $3000 if possible. This would include GPS/Fishfinder, VHF radio, CD/Stereo and the radar if it makes sense. If anyone has any input, it would be greatly appreciated.

Sorry this is so long. Just trying to get as much information to help ease my way onto the waterways... If you help me out, it may make my entrance easier for everyone... (I may be near you someday!)

Thanks again.
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DudemanBubba - 7/18/2005 2:54 AM

I got a 2005 Scout 210 Sportfish. The dealers and installers all have recommended the Lowrance 337 as a great all around unit for gps and fishfinder. I have seen the Garmin 188c in action as well as the 12" Raymarine display with the networked system. The Raymarine is a little much for me from any aspect (cost, experience, etc.) but the Garmin is nice. The Lowrance 337 seems similar to the Garmin. I have been told that Garmin does better with the GPS function and the Lowrance does better with the fishfinder. One of the questions that I have about the GPS is the information you get from them. I have been told that you can get information on gas locations, restaurants, launch ramps, etc. from them. Is this information from add-on chips or through the gps functionality itself?

Thanks again.
As to your query in information on marinas etc. on the GPS, I can only speak for the Garmin, but the 198c has such information. Like all such things, it is not complete. Some marinas are listed, some are not. How up to date the information is is another question. FWIW, I use a cruising guide to the area that I am in for this sort of information.

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A Garmin 3006 will flush mount on your dash very nicely. You can also get XM satellite weather with that system which is far better than radar for keeping an eye on the weather. Talk to John at Tight Lines, he's a vendor on this forum. He will take care of you.

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Is the Garmin 3010 with the xm the way to go? It seems to cover all of the bases and bundles for around $3200. Anyone have any experience with these?

Vendors seem to talk a lot and seem to say things that steer you in their direction. One said that Garmin was recently sold and is having customer service issues. Is there any validity to these statements?

Thanks again for the help!
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Garmin has not been sold (they are a publically traded company and doing quite well). They do have excellent service, but yes, they also have some customer service issues with their color screens....the coating rubs off (search this forum for garmin screen). Other than that, they are outstanding GPS units (I have a 182 mono unit, so I don' thave the screen coating problem).

Garmin's are good, but not the best fishfinders....currently Raymarine's new digitals seem to be the best available, unless you go to Furuno, but Furuno still has not updated their screen resolution, so the display is coarser looking. I think the jury is out on Lowrence....some love them, others have had some problems. If I were equiping a boat today, I'd probably go with RayMarine because I wouldn't want to deal with the Garmin non glare screen issue.
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I agree the 3010C with the XM WX weather service is the way to go..
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I suggest you start simply but still have a system you can build !!! Garmin ...Raymarine...and Furuno to only name 3 all have great systems to build upon ...

You don't want to have to much data to try and process or boating will not be fun !!!

Think of it the same as starting to drive .. Boat during the daylight hours to start, then work your way to night time boating!!!!!

That being said right now Radar is overkill you need way more time on the water, but buying a system that can have Radar added next season is a great system to have ..start with a fish finder and chartplotter.

Raymarine C-Series...
Garmins 3000 series
Furunos Navnet .......

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I ordered the Garmin 3010c bundle. I think it will suit my needs perfect. Thanks for all of your input.

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