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Gamefish 25. 2 8" screens or 1 10" ?

Old 09-05-2014, 06:14 PM
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Default Gamefish 25. 2 8" screens or 1 10" ?

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Just ordered my Gamefish 25.

I have always had 2 screens on all my boats. 1 for plotter and 1 for sounder.

Due to budget I was planning on 2 Lowrance 8" Gen 2's. Salesman strongly recommended I do one 10" Gen 2 now and do another when budget allows. He thought is the dash is so big on the 2015 Gamefish the double 8" units will look to small. I don't really care how it looks as long as the double 8" units are not too small to be practical. I really don't think if I go with the 10" single unit I would ever add the second unit.

I would love your opinions. Thanks in advance.

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Old 09-05-2014, 07:17 PM
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I would take his advice. You will add the other screen.
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Old 09-06-2014, 01:04 AM
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The screen resolution of HDS-8 and HDS-10 are the same (800x600) so they can both display the same information, the difference is max viewing distance.

The prices for HDS Gen2 have lately been substantially reduced, does the quote you have received reflect this? They now costs $874 and $1442 at BOE.

www.boemarine.com/lowrance-hds-8-gen2-insight-usa-w-o-transducer-map-1679-00/

www.boemarine.com/lowrance-hds-10-gen2-insight-usa-w-o-transducer-map-2249-00/
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Originally Posted by bluewaterseeker View Post
I would take his advice. You will add the other screen.
Yeah, get as big a screen as you can on the left, but small enough that it leaves enough room for another unit of same size on the right. Make sure they don't put your guages on the flat panel where your MFDs go.

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Old 09-06-2014, 05:17 AM
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We have one 12" and one 7". The 7" is used exclusively for navigation and the 12" for sonar, sonar/nav split screen and all the other goodies it can do. Always good to have a back up GPS.
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Old 09-06-2014, 05:36 AM
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Thanks for the input guys. I have about 2 months to figure it out!
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Old 09-06-2014, 01:09 PM
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I went with twin simrad nss8's on my 27 ... very happy with the 2 displays. I had a single 10 inch display on my last boat and much prefer this layout. I also did not like the low resolution on the hds 10.
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Old 09-06-2014, 02:31 PM
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Remember. ..a single 10 in screen is like 2 5 in screens. 2 8 in sceens dont need to be split...more real estate and flexibility as well as redundancy.
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Originally Posted by Capt.Puddie View Post
Remember. ..a single 10 in screen is like 2 5 in screens. 2 8 in sceens dont need to be split...more real estate and flexibility as well as redundancy.
Wrong, a 10" screen is comparable with four 5" screens. But I still agree in your conclusion, two 8" units are better than one 10".
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Thanks for the picture. That helps a great deal
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Old 09-06-2014, 06:42 PM
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I did 1 1040xs and 1 1020xs in my Tidewater 25. I shipped them to the factory so they could lay everything out symmetrically. Saying that, whatever you do make sure that they mock everything up so that you can grow on your dashboard without having to retrofit and starboard the dash. Just .02
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I've got an NSS12EVO2 and an NSS8. Get the two 8's.
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U r getting that nice of a boat and that dash is HUGE. Two 8's are going to look mighty small on that dash.When you are fishing you will wish you had two 10's.At the very least get one 10 inch unit and one 8 inch. The 10 inch will come in handy if you have radar or add radar. You can split radar and plotter on the 10' with the 8' on the sounder. In all honesty I would have a 12 inch as my main with an 8 or 10 as the backup. If I'm spending over 80,000 on a boat then 1,000 more for a bigger screen on the GPS wouldn't be a concern. I have a 8 inch and a 12 on my SH bayboat. The screen size difference is huge. With the bigger screens you get much more height in the screen.
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