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Old 07-24-2005, 10:56 PM
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I am about to outfit a new boat with an all in one unit (chartplotter, sounder, radar). I am having a hard time deciding between Garmin, RayMarine, and Furuno. Its primary function will be the chartplotter to navigate the lousisana marshs and coast. Secondly, it will serve as a sounder while running these notoriously shallow marshs. I may at a later date add the radar to the multifunction display if I find myself running in the dark or in fog quite a bit, but don't think that will be the case. Any how which unit would you recommend to serve as primarily as a chartplotter and sounder. I know Garmin has the reputation for being the easiest to use and Furuno for top of the line sounders and radar. But does anyone know which one has the most accurate and up to date mapping software for the louisiana coast (as it changes yearly). It is my understanding that Garmin can use bluechart or a topo type of chart, and Ray marine and furuno use navionics. But which is better? Please give me any all recommendations and experiences you have with either of the three I listed. Thanks.
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Well your asking a double sided question ...

Raymarine and Furuno do not make the map chips so you cannot hold their accountable for not having the latest revision of software!!!! keep in mind mapping cost tons of money and nobody will have a map chart newer than 2 years old most likely...

If your looking at adding a Radar drop the Garmin from a cost stand point!.

Also the newest chip coming out it the Platuim from Navionics (aprox400.00) it's a 3d chip for the newer E-Series...

The questions is how much are you willing to spend???
that will tell the tale...

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Old 07-25-2005, 07:49 AM
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hbb8044,I just finished a boat in Houma with 2 E Series on it. I am starting 2 more sportfish boats down there next week. One will get Raymarine and the other Furuno. What type of boat are you outfitting?I would be happy to meet you down that way and show you the operation of the E series on the boat. Let me know if I can help any further.
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Sorry!!!! Wrong thread.
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Barrett ...Slow down ... you don't want the others to think your chaseing do you !!!!....lol...

"Sounds like it is not reading the antenna. Check the Seatalk port in back of the unit that the plug is very tight. All it takes is alittle play and you lose connection.
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As previously pointed out, it depends on how deep your pocket are. Check out the Lowrance units. IMHO best bang for the buck.

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Tightline Rod's - 7/25/2005 5:22 PM
...keep in mind mapping cost tons of money and nobody will have a map chart newer than 2 years old most likely...
Indeed it does. And we are paying billion of dollars annually for that never-ending process. Not only is NOAA actively mapping the seas with a fleet of vessels and satallites, but the US Navy also has a fleet of 14 hydrographic survey vessels they use around the world.

That is the primary source of data that is used by Navtronics, C-map, Garmin, and everyone else…the data collected by our gov’t and distributed for free. You can get that free data, too, but it’s not in a format any common chartplotter can display.

Fwiw, NOAA's e-charts can be newer than 2-years old. Those e-charts are updated more frequently than the paper charts were so the USCG now allows some commercial vessels to operate with only e-charts, paper charts are no longer required to be onboard. And the new US Navy vessels are all e-charts, no paper charts.
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I just had a Lowrance 26HD installed........
After running it for awhile I wish I had stuck with Raymarine.
The Lowrance simply doesn't have the great navagational features that are standard on the Raymarine units.
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Barrett,

I will be outfitting a 23' Gravois Bay boat. Another question I have is,will the Raymarine and furuno allow you to use your home computer to program and set waypoints like the Garmin. I would definitely like to get with you and see how each of them work. Thanks.
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I should be going down there Wed. evening to the boat with the E series. It is still up in the air as I am backed up now. With the C Series you can definitely transfer waypoints by using a card reader/writer and blank card. Raymarine even has the program on their site available for download free. As for the Furuno, I am pretty sure it is done by using the C Map software and reader/writer. If you like shoot me an email with your name and # and I can see about meeting up with you down there if I get out that way. barrett@southshoremarineservices.comOr you can call me anytime (504) 281-3268Look forward to meeting you soon.
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I ran down to the boat early this am as I had to replace an Icom 602 mic as one got broken. I should be going back soon to do some stereo work and can email you then.Also, for your transducer, take a look at Jessjr's Gravois in the forums and see how his is mounted. I like how that thing is mounted on the back. Just let the Gravois know what you are getting installed and they can do it that way also on your boat.

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