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Old 08-29-2014, 01:32 PM
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Looking at the 3d navnet or the simrad ss12. I've had furuno in past but have seen lot of simrads lately. Any opinions??
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Old 08-29-2014, 02:23 PM
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The Navnet 3d is a top quality system ....many use it with the TZ touch and that can be a bit up there overall in price.
Very few systems last as long as a Furuno..but for general fishing and boating the newer Simrad and Garmin are making a huge dent in the Furuno market.

The new evo2 Simrad's have some very nice built in features..CHIRP and down/side scan etc.
Very useful interface...and an excellent radar.

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Old 08-29-2014, 07:15 PM
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I hav a TZ touch system.. It has been extremely easy to use and of course reliable. No bugs no issues.

I have far more money into than a comparable Simrad system. The Navnet 3d is a bit less, but feature wise I dont think it is comparable to the NSS Evo systems, the TZ Touch is.

Everything is more expensive, radar, chirp, depth....everything. But I have ZERO BUGS, no updates to fix any issues. I know Furuno will support it for a long time.

I would be happy with either. Give and take.
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Old 08-30-2014, 07:13 AM
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I just put a Nss9 Evo2 on my dad's boat. I really, really like it. I've got the 1st gen Nss's on my boat and the evo2 is much better. It's fast and very easy to use.
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I think that the Simrad is a better choice because it uses an NMEA2K network and not a rather old fashioned, non-standard approach to interconnectivity. This allows you to mix and match much easier.

Also, the menu system on Simrad is much more intuitive.

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Old 08-30-2014, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by nfairbank View Post
I think that the Simrad is a better choice because it uses an S2K network and not a rather old fashioned, non-standard approach to interconnectivity. This allows you to mix and match much easier.

Also, the menu system on Simrad is much more intuitive.
Huh? It uses NMEA2000 and Ethernet. My AIrmar GH2183 heading/GPS, my Lowrance Link-8 NMEA2000 VHF all work great. There is nothing special about it. The only oddity when networking was changing the device name on my iPhone to one word. Furuno wouldn't recognize it when it was a two part name.
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I would definitely go Simrad. I have been a diehard Furuno fan all my life but recently decided to give Simrad a go because it was alot better priced than the equivalent Furuno system and it was chirp where as at the time furuno wasnt.

The radar is amazing, very easy to use system and the bsm 2 is great. Where i fish 90% of boats were Furuno equipped just because everything else on the market seemed to not be able to mark tuna in the rougher and stronger current conditions, but that has changed now.

Since Simrad brought out chirp and Garmin the gsd 24 then 26 the tide has changed and alot more boats are changing over to Simrad and Garmin here
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Old 08-31-2014, 07:56 PM
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Thanks for all the info guys. I would think Furuno would be much more reliable. My garmin was a POS to say the least. Any ideas on FURUNO chirp?? Anyone using it.
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Yes, I have had a Furuno NavNet 3d system for 4 years, and have just upgraded to a DFF1-UHD Chirp sounder with a B275LH-W ducer. The system has been completely reliable and so far I love my chirp sounder, although I have not been to deep water with it yet (max 220 ft so far), will be doing that in November. The ability to discriminate between a school of small fish and a single large fish is really impressive!

I have had Furuno equipment in my last three boats and have been very happy with its reliability. My only Simrad equipment ever was my autopilot at my last boat and it did give me a lot of trouble, so I have crossed Simrad off my list, perhaps unfairly.
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Old 08-31-2014, 09:52 PM
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Originally Posted by jw39 View Post
Thanks for all the info guys. I would think Furuno would be much more reliable. My garmin was a POS to say the least. Any ideas on FURUNO chirp?? Anyone using it.
The Furuno DFF1 -UHD is a very good CHIRP system.

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Old 09-01-2014, 10:27 AM
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The transducer I'm replacing is the circle with a 20 degree tilt. They had recommended me going with the b175lh chirp. How would this compare to the 265 chirp? I dont want to have to put a teardrop in keel hopefully can use existing holes. How do these to compare performance wise?
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B175H is identical with the High side of TM265LH, B175L is very similar to the Low side of TM265LH.

You should consider if a B175H-W is better than B175H for you, this depends on your fishing depths.
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:15 AM
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Thanks for all the info. I'm gonna do the 3d navnet 12" and an 8". Chirp ducer and 4kw radar.
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B275LH-W and TM275LH-W are the Wide versions of the x265LH transducers.
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