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Old 07-13-2014, 06:33 PM
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Default Furuno 1850 vs Garmin 541s

So, I bought a new-to-me boat that has a Furuno 1850 in it that was installed in 2005. Have no experience with Furuno. On other hand, had to get a new machine for my older boat last year and got a Garmin 541s, which I like and has only been out a few times now. Looked at the old Furuno and it does not seem as user friendly as the Garmin, it also appears to need a chip in order to have a chart map feature. The 541s has built in marine data so no chip needed. A couple of buddies told me they heard that Furuno made some of the best machines available. Question: Is the Furuno 1850 such a good machine that I should resist the urge to replace it with the 541s and just hang in there and learn it? Thanks for input.
Old 07-14-2014, 06:36 AM
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The Furuno 1850 is a very good unit. If the screen is clean (no fogging evident) and the unit powers up, I'd hang on to it.

Purchasing the C-map chart chips are a pain but once you get a chip installed for your area and start fiddling with that 1850 you'll be glad you hung on to it

Those Furuno chartplotters last forever and they are NOT difficult to figure out----

I think it's a Coke/Pepsi thing when you compare Furuno to Garmin or Simrad as far as ease of use and user friendliness---- it's whatever you're used to
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Originally Posted by marketic View Post

I think it's a Coke/Pepsi thing when you compare Furuno to Garmin or Simrad as far as ease of use and user friendliness---- it's whatever you're used to
For all of use older guys it's now Diet Coke / Diet Pepsi...
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When I bought my Luhrs 340 it came with all Furuno electronics including radar, chart plotter, and depth finder. I have the GP-1850 and a FCV-582L on the helm and added my Garmin GPSMAP740S as a backup. I had to locate a chart card for the Furuno as the original owner only had maps for the Chesapeake Bay but got lucky and bought a new in the retail pack card for my area on E-bay for $39.00!!!

The unit works and functions like new and the only way I will replace it is when it dies and it will get replaced with another Furuno. As for ease of use I find it pretty straight forward.
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Thanks for input. If you run a Furuno and a Garmin on the same boat don't they each need their own transducer and won't the transducers interfere with each other?
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I don't use the sounder in the Garmin. The FCV-582L suites my needs and then some!
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Follow up.

Installed Garmin and ran both machines last week during offshore trip to 36 feet of water. The transducers are mounted on opposite sides of the transom and there seemed to be a little echo that showed up on both units, but the Garmin 541s and Furuno 1850 both worked at same time just fine. Still learning the Furuno, with C-map chip, and struggling with navigation features on both machines. Use another Garmin GPS/chart mounted on dash for navigation. Nice having multiple machines.

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