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Old 11-22-2016, 04:28 AM
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Default Best All-In-One Marine Electronics (fish finder/GPS/Radar)

Hoping to get some insight here. Can you guys let me know what you think the best All-In-One Marine electronics are these days? Looking for a decent sized screen. Its difficult searching the internet, as there are hundreds of review sites which may not be driving me towards the actual best device, but rather the device they are trying to get paid on. I figured on THT I would get honest feedback. Thank you for any insight..

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Old 11-22-2016, 06:04 AM
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Today marine electronic manufacturers are constantly evolving the current lineup with new releases.
Simrad has the new EVO 3 on the way and it will be a really nice unit. Dual band Chirp, total scan and you can use Navionics charts.

Garmins 7600xsv has proven to be a very user friendly unit with an intuitive interface.Dual band 1kw CHIRP as well as Down Vu and Side Vu are built in. Garmin has just announced the 1042/1242 which is the replacement for the 840/1040xs units. It will have buttons and be in the identical format as the 7600 with the addition of a key pad. Single band CHIRP with Down Vu and Side Vu.

Lowrance is due with an announcement of new gear in the near future that will replace the Gen3 units.

Furuno TZT is a great platform to build upon and has been a solid and stable performing series. Multiple cartography options.

Raymarine yes you heard it from my mouth! Raymarine has been working on some really nice units that should be around early next spring. I think that this will really shake up things a bit when it comes.
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It doesn't matter what any of us really say, you need to go out there and use the different models and brand and see which one you like the best. Buying Marine electronics is totally different than other items, it's like buying a puppy, you have to see which one you get along with which one lgrts along with you.
Most users on here have only used a couple of brands and may go years between models and brands so that's not a very objective way of getting answers. I recommend you go to your nearest dealer and talk to them and see if they have a couple of customers that would be willing to take you out on their boats to play with the different models/brands. Remember your dealer/vendor is just as important as the brand you by, those will be the guys that will either take care of you or leave you stranded,it's nice to have a dealer stand up for you if you're out of warranty or if you have an issue where the manufacturer may question the claim, etc.
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They all do the same stuff. Some with more features than others. Furuno would be the most reliable by far but more plane jane. Simrad,Garmin,Lowrance and Raymarine all have a variety and sizes to choose from.

Its just a matter of preference and what appeals to you most.
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I just went with the Furuno TZ Touch 2. Going with two 12" screens. Charts, fishfinder and GPS with internal antenna. Full integration to their auto pilot as well as the VesselViews.
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Originally Posted by mahimahi99 View Post
It doesn't matter what any of us really say, you need to go out there and use the different models and brand and see which one you like the best. Buying Marine electronics is totally different than other items, it's like buying a puppy, you have to see which one you get along with which one lgrts along with you.
Most users on here have only used a couple of brands and may go years between models and brands so that's not a very objective way of getting answers. I recommend you go to your nearest dealer and talk to them and see if they have a couple of customers that would be willing to take you out on their boats to play with the different models/brands. Remember your dealer/vendor is just as important as the brand you by, those will be the guys that will either take care of you or leave you stranded,it's nice to have a dealer stand up for you if you're out of warranty or if you have an issue where the manufacturer may question the claim, etc.
This is a great answer. There is little to no objectivity when it comes to this stuff online. Also there is no one best brand that does everything right. There are a lot of models and features to look for, and not all of them suit every boater or every budget. Being a gear hound and working in boating all my life I do have experience with most of the brands recent gear and can tell you that these units are really more similar than they are different and no one is making junk these days. With new models coming out every year and closeout deals on very capable older units, the feature and value choices are seemingly endless. These things cost a decent chunk of change and you owe it to yourself to see some of them in person.
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Originally Posted by Amity83 View Post
This is a great answer. There is little to no objectivity when it comes to this stuff online. Also there is no one best brand that does everything right. There are a lot of models and features to look for, and not all of them suit every boater or every budget. Being a gear hound and working in boating all my life I do have experience with most of the brands recent gear and can tell you that these units are really more similar than they are different and no one is making junk these days. With new models coming out every year and closeout deals on very capable older units, the feature and value choices are seemingly endless. These things cost a decent chunk of change and you owe it to yourself to see some of them in person.
Agreed. In general we all are fans of what we have on our helms for the most part. Go to some retailers and play with them .
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Hello. Wait for a boat show, all the manufacturers will be toting their wares and carpet bagging, once ou get past the sales pitch, play with them all, see whats in your budget and decide on it´s use. For my two cents worth the greatest leaps for recreational boaters have been in radar and fishfinders and sonars, for an all in one at the moment, Simrad seems a good bet, but as others have said Raymarine are well on target now, I´m not so keen on Garmin, Furuno is excellent but haven´t released the features that some of the competiton has. Hope this helps.
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Originally Posted by Finn.Seeker View Post
Hoping to get some insight here. Can you guys let me know what you think the best All-In-One Marine electronics are these days? Looking for a decent sized screen. Its difficult searching the internet, as there are hundreds of review sites which may not be driving me towards the actual best device, but rather the device they are trying to get paid on. I figured on THT I would get honest feedback. Thank you for any insight..

-Jake


What are your needs ?
What size boat and are you fresh or salt water?
Do you fish bottom and structure...and need Side and Down scan?
How deep do you fish and do you want a transom or thru hull transducer ?
Do you want a Dome or Open array radar?

Do you want CHIRP or traditional sonar ?

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