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Old 02-24-2015, 09:01 PM
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Hey guys looking at a new cobia 237 and just trying to get an idea on what electronics to buy. I like garmin and they seem to be an overall good brand
Uses- lots of fall stripers, some wreck fishing, and tuna trolling anywhere from 30 to 70 miles off shore (picking days, buddy boating, and experienced crew).
Here is what I came up with
-garmin7610xsv $2700 (i am concerned with a touchscreen)
-garmin gt51m-tm $600, this is what garmin recommended for best performance (concerned with turbulent water at transom not reading properly when tuna/ wahoo trolling)
-GMR 24xHD radome $2400 (should i just go for an open array)
- some type of VHF that seems the easiest to pick out
Anyways, what does everyone thing
Old 02-25-2015, 01:42 AM
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If your concerned with the touch screen have a look at the Garmin 1040xs with its 10.4 inch screen. Where are you fishing out of?
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I had an LSS2 transom mounted on that boat and it didn't have any issues at speed. You might get some side Vu engine shadowing. For.VHF get the Garmin 200 or Simrad GS35 so they hook up with NMEA2000 to the rest of the system. With your described usage, you would probably really love a. Autopilot. If a pilot is not in the cards think about adding a Point-1 heading sensor. A nice add on that is inexpensive.
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Once you use touchscreen you never go back. The added advantage is the glass touchscreen wont scratch and deteriate like an old fashioned screen. I have just ordered the same boat. Im putting a garmin 741ss on the dash for gps only and a Foruno 587 fishfinder on top. I like two units as technology changes I only change out one at a time. And I am so used to the Foruno measuring the length of fish for me on my current boat I cant live without it.
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I hear Furuno will be releasing new units this year. Hard to beat their sonar units.
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I'm looking at the same boat Cobia 237 and model and have the same questions. Appreciate the information
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Fishing out of barnegate inlet nj
as for the touchscreen issue... i see peoblems of smearing/ smudging, loss of accuracy over time, bobbing boat trying to touch something very specific.
as for auto pilot... i fish off a 30ft grady with auto pilot... its 2006 tech and seems to be a hassle (have to correct it a few degrees every so often. I am also curious to how many people put auto pilot on such a small boat.
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Touchscreen units are a matter of preference. Some people love them and others do not. I would say try to locate someone with a touch unit and try it. I have both types and really like the touch but that is just me.

As far as the autopilot there are many 23 foot boats with them. This is a convenience item and is largely dictated by budget. You work hard for your money and this may or may not be in the immediate plan. I like having the auto pilot but again that is just my preference even though many of our trips we are fishing no less than 3 miles from shore in 500 feet of water. I like the auto pilot while fishing.

With all that said take a peek at the new Garmin line up. I think you would be impressed. If you need it installed please reach out to me as we have an installation partner in New Jersey that has taken great care of THT members. He is meticulous.

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