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Old 11-09-2016, 06:44 PM
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I'm trying to figure out what I need for my new (to me) boat. It doesn't have any electronics mounted but I'd like a good quality VHF Radio and a chartplotter/fish finder.

I've got an opportunity to pick up a Garmin VHF 200 w/ AIS and a Garmin 2010c. I don't know yet what if any transducer is included or is a sounder is included. It does come with an external GPS antenna and the radio is supposed to come with a good antenna.

I am still feeling my way through all of this and trying to learn what all the protocols and such mean. So my question is, for a new small boat owner will this work for fishing in the ICW?

What is a good price assuming all of it is in good working condition? I am so confused...
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Originally Posted by Vf171ohio View Post
I'm trying to figure out what I need for my new (to me) boat. It doesn't have any electronics mounted but I'd like a good quality VHF Radio and a chartplotter/fish finder.

I've got an opportunity to pick up a Garmin VHF 200 w/ AIS and a Garmin 2010c. I don't know yet what if any transducer is included or is a sounder is included. It does come with an external GPS antenna and the radio is supposed to come with a good antenna.

I am still feeling my way through all of this and trying to learn what all the protocols and such mean. So my question is, for a new small boat owner will this work for fishing in the ICW?

What is a good price assuming all of it is in good working condition? I am so confused...
The radio is fine but the chart plotter is old and discontinued from Garmin. If you are getting it super cheap it might be ok, but it's not sonar ready and will need a Garmin sounder module to get those capabilities going. If that is not included then it will be an extra cost on top of a transducer. I would suggest spending the money to get a new unit which will allow you to take advantage newer technology. If you have a west marine or bass pro near you take a trip there and look at the demo units and match one to your liking and budget. You will find that screen size is the primary cost driver but any of the big three (Garmin, Lowrance, Simrad) will serve you just fine on the ICW. Post back your top two pics and I am sure folks will weigh in. There are also vendors on here who have great service and very competitive pricing. Dont be hesitant to reach out to them and see what they recomend and have deals running on. Hope that helps.

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You can pick up a NEW Simrad Go7xse for $699 with a transducer, add a Simrad RS12 for $199 and an antenna for $99 and be in a lot better shape.
A garmin 2010 is ancient and worth little.
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What sort of budget did you have in mind?
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Thanks for the input so far. I was a little worried about the age of the Chartplotter and its ability to "grow with me".

I am looking at either a trade or limit of about $1200.
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I would look to the Garmin 840XS
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Thanks to everyone, I've passed on the 2010c. I think I'm going to go to West Marine tomorrow and tinker...
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Anyone know about Furuno RDP-139? Have an offer for that and an ETR-6/10N sounder along with a RD30, GP30, and Icom IC-402. All of this seems relatively dated similar to the 2010c offer I had.


Like I said I'm going to West Marine tomorrow to tinker and ask questions, but what about this equipment, opinions?
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Go look at the new stuff first, then look at old and compare. Be sure to look at the Simrad GO9XSE too.
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Originally Posted by doradohunter View Post
Go look at the new stuff first, then look at old and compare. Be sure to look at the Simrad GO9XSE too.
I think that is the best route.
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Man the new stuff is some serious whiz bang voodoo light show eye candy! Still as confused as ever about what I need vs want though. I was in my local West Marine store for over 90 minutes and spent at least 45 minutes at the electronics display. Not a single person came up to me ask if I needed help or had questions. I had to pull my phone out and look stuff up while there to figure out what I was looking at and what it did, etc...

I won't be buying from them but at least I know I can go there and play with the toys uninterrupted whenever I want before buying something.

So Garmin seems to be taking some heat lately for customer service, not sure I will be going that direction but the price and features seemed pretty hard to beat. I did like the Raymarime stuff as well as the Simrad. Just need to see what they offer in my price range (<$1K) as a complete package.

If anyone is in the Wilmington area and has a set up they use for primarily ICW fishing on a smaller boat and wants to show it off let me know. Thanks for your help so far.
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Originally Posted by Vf171ohio View Post
Man the new stuff is some serious whiz bang voodoo light show eye candy! Still as confused as ever about what I need vs want though. I was in my local West Marine store for over 90 minutes and spent at least 45 minutes at the electronics display. Not a single person came up to me ask if I needed help or had questions. I had to pull my phone out and look stuff up while there to figure out what I was looking at and what it did, etc...

I won't be buying from them but at least I know I can go there and play with the toys uninterrupted whenever I want before buying something.

So Garmin seems to be taking some heat lately for customer service, not sure I will be going that direction but the price and features seemed pretty hard to beat. I did like the Raymarime stuff as well as the Simrad. Just need to see what they offer in my price range (<$1K) as a complete package.

If anyone is in the Wilmington area and has a set up they use for primarily ICW fishing on a smaller boat and wants to show it off let me know. Thanks for your help so far.
Call raymarine customer service then call Simrad customer service, you will see what kind of service you will get. I hate calling raymarine. Their customer service blows. Simrad will take care of you.
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Originally Posted by doradohunter View Post
Call raymarine customer service then call Simrad customer service, you will see what kind of service you will get. I hate calling raymarine. Their customer service blows. Simrad will take care of you.
I know it's pretty subjective, I shouldn't have raised that in my post. I have been doing some reading and that is the impression I get. I know the Internet is the place people go to complain mostly, not really give props to OEM's. If Garmin has a larger user-base it would make sense the sheer number of complaints would be higher. It's better to look at the types of complaints I guess, even then you'll probably never get a clear picture of reality.

I'll try to keep my comments and qualification more objective and stay away from subjective criteria, at least in a public forum. The subjective stuff is for me to make up my mind about anyway.

Good reminder.
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I have the Garmin 840xs and it's a fantastic unit, I usually run with a chart and 2 FF screens and it's big enough to use all 3 efficiently. My only problem with it is the software is designed for a touch screen and probably works really well that way, it can get a little cumbersome operating it with button since it's not designed that way. I would go with a touch screen in the future, I put on a very durable screen protector that has survived 2 seasons so far and will work with a touch screen.

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Simrad 9 inch with a totalscan transducer over the 3mb in Pensacola FL.
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I will take you up on that!

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Originally Posted by doradohunter View Post
Go look at the new stuff first, then look at old and compare. Be sure to look at the Simrad GO9XSE too.
So what are the big differences between the NSS7 EVO2 and the G09 XSE? Price-wise they are about the same, no? So what are you giving up 2" of screen size for? Is it more future capability/connectivity (i.e. the NSS is able to be networked with more stuff)?

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Originally Posted by Vf171ohio View Post
So what are the big differences between the NSS7 EVO2 and the G09 XSE? Price-wise they are about the same, no? So what are you giving up 2" of screen size for? Is it more future capability/connectivity (i.e. the NSS is able to be networked with more stuff)?
On the 9 you have the ability to add a radar or an XM Weather Module, the 7 cannot.

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