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Old 07-06-2014, 06:34 PM
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I have a 1987 Aquasport 200 Osprey. 20' Center Console. Original owners had it on the ocean all the time and used to go 15 to 20 miles offshore max. I have mainly had it on some lakes around Raleigh and also in Clarksville. Great on the lakes but now im looking to start to go and do some offshore fishing. I want to go ahead and rig it up with a good set of electronics. I was hoping for an all-in-one kind of setup. One system that can do the Sonar, GPS, Nav, and radar. I have talked with some local shops here in Raleigh, NC but they all seem to just say go for the most expensive unit out there and at this time we can give a discount as long as you sign up for this membership. Im really just looking for some tried and true reviews about what the best bang for the buck deal is for basic offshore fishing aswell as enjoying the lake. I really do not want to spend more than $1500 if possible. Thanks for the input.
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The Garmin 840xs is just a little more than 1500 but is capable of everything you're wanting. You'll have to add more cash for radar though.
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Originally Posted by willyfastz View Post
The Garmin 840xs is just a little more than 1500 but is capable of everything you're wanting. You'll have to add more cash for radar though.
This...Get the radar later
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You won't get a setup with radar for 1500, but you can get a setup that could have radar added for that. Garmin 840xs, Garmin 741xs, Simrad NSS7 Evo2, Simrad NSS8.
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Go play with them if you have the opportunity and find one you find intuitive and easy to use.
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I have the NSS9 with tm150 and 3g and love it. I know it's out of your price range but I would go as big as possible so 840xs is probably the best choice. Had I gone with one of the 7" models on my 18' center console I think I would have been disappointed.
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Appreciate the advice. Ill look into the Garmin 840 XS. I can hold off on Radar for right now.
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assuming the motor is "vintage" be sure to get a new VHF and interface it with your GPS/Chartplotter, then get a MMSI registration. This is so you can activate the DSC emergency calling feature. Some radios have a built in GPS to eliminate the need to interface. I think this is an important safety feature especially for single engine boats. And getting an EPIRB would be a great idea too.

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