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Old 03-17-2003, 07:06 PM
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Default Garmin 5-pin Connector plug question?

Hello all, I have a quick question that I hope that you guys can answer for me. I have a Garmin 2010 chartplotter hooked up in my boat, this unit brought with it an 18-pin connecter plug which I am currently using in the boat and a 5-pin connector plug that I am not using at the moment. My question is can I use the 5-pin connector plug to run the plotter from inside my house so that I can program a bunch of GPS numbers for this weekend or do I have to go out and buy another 18-pin connector plug? I plan to use a car battery for the power and I would install a 5-amp fuse on the hot wire. I’ll be putting the numbers in by hand using the key pads and would much rather not have to be on the boat to do so.
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Hi Jimmy, sorry but I'm not going to be able to help you with your questions, because I don't know.

What I would like to do though, is ask you what you think of the 2010? Pro's and con's. Are you using the black box?

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That five pin connector is supplied so that you can hook up the Garmin GSD souder module.It also allows you to interface to another device such as a second GPS or sonar if you are not using the GSD module. 12 volt dc does not go to the 5 pin receptacle on the back of the unit.

GARMIN makes a cable with a built in AC adapter that plugs in to a wall recptacle, the back of the GARMIN and connects to a pc using a serial port. It costs about $40 dollars and is a simple clean and SAFE way to do your home plotting. It also makes it a snap to download updates from GARMIN from their web site. I have done it 4 times already in the last year. The part number is on the GARMIN web site and is available at most retailers. I/m looking at the box for this unit as I type. It is GARMIN Part # 010-10276-00 A/C, PC, ADAPTER F/168 (18 PIN CONN).

GARETT- There has been much written on the 2006/2010 with sounders. DO a search and you will get all the pros and cons on it. IMO the chartplotter has no equal. GARMIN tried to do a little more and give sounder function to it, but I feel it falls a little short. But then I have a FURUNO FF, so I may be spoiled. The GARMIN sounder lacks some of the fine tuning abilities that you get with a FURUNO, and does not have A_ SCOPE. But that is just my opinion based on the type of fishing I do. Your needs may make the GARMIN the right choice.

I think you have a space consideration on your boat. If you are looking at a chartplotter/FF combo or want to go the whole route and add radar, look at the FURUNO Navnet systems. I have the 1732c(7" display) and my nephew has the 1833C (10.4" display) They are really nice systems that are probably the most reliable and easiest to expand, out of all that are available.

The knock on the FURUNO's is the redraw on the chartplotters. But I had some factory service done on mine and found out that FURUNO updated the software (no charge) that is supposed to make the processor "fly". I won't be able to tell until I have my boat in the water in about 2 weeks.

With a FURUNO, or anthing but a GARMIN chartplotter, you won't have the great Blue Charts, but FURUNO gives you a choice between C-Map or Navionics which have really improved.

My NAVNET has the 7 inch display which is fine for me in the split screen mode, but a lot of users find it difficult to see detail. But then again I have the "drive-in movie" screen of the GARMIN when I need chart details!

Hope this helps, and good luck with both your boats!

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Do you think there is a possibility of some sort of hookup between the 188 and the 2010 I have ordered?

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Is to call GARMIN Support at 1-800-800-1020.
I have called them numerous times and have found them to be verry informative and supportive.

I would have to GUESS that the 2 units should be able to communicate through the NMEA outputs. Once interfaced, I bet you could save waypoints on the 2010 along with the depth and temp from the 188. I got to believe that you could display the sonar data/graphics on both or at least switch back and forth between units. I won't hazard a guess as to whether you would be able to split screens on the 2010 using the sonar input from the 188. These are what you want to ask the techs at GARMIN.

I really don't know the exact answer to your question so I am suggesting that you go right to the source. Unless one of the members out there has done this or already knows (THOM? .

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Thanks Big, that is what I thought but I just wanted to make sure that I was right before doing anything else. I was going to go that route and get the item that you suggested but my local west marine did not have any and I didn't want to order it online because I needed it for this weekend and I wasn't sure if it would have made it in time. I guess I know what I'll be doing while the rest of the people on boat are filling the livewell with bait.

Garret, the 2010 is a sweet, sweet unit. I have no doubt that you will love it. I don't have the black box yet but I am thinking of getting it after I get either the Furuno 600L or the 582L just incase the Furuno should happen to break. The display clarity is unreal. No doubt the best unit that I have ever owned. So far no cons to speak of. Sorry that I couldn't be more helpful.

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Call Comsumers Marine at 1-800-332-2628. If it's in stock, and you call before 3PM, you'll get it next day on the east coast. I got my cable and other items there and it's only a couple of bucks more for the shipping.

I don't know about you, but I'd rather be filling the fish box instead of waypoint data!

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Thanks for the idea Big. I will be giving them a call around noon. It works out even better this way since I hate buying anything from west marine although the girls they have working there are some real pieces of eye candy . I think that is WM's strategy, get some good looking women to work in the store to keep the male customers around as long as possible and forget about hiring anyone that could possibly know anything about boats other than they are used on water.

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They say if interfaced, the 188 will feed digital info only, IE: depth, speed, temp, etc to the 2010. Sonar readings would not be fed to the 2010. I don't think it is worth fooling with. I will use the 188 as a stand alone sonar, and a spare gps.

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I believe the 5 pin connector output from either the 2006 or 2010 is reserved for future use. That does not mean you cannot do what you are planning to do. Just plan on using the regular 18 pin.
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Big E, thanks I will rummage through the archive's.

Yah I know the Furuno FCV582L is a VERY nice FF. But I do have a real estate problem so, I do have to do the combo thing.

You know how it goes, "the kids need glasses, the wife's got the flew and I'm spending just way to much money, on me. So the radar idea is not even in the picture. Although I did talk the misses into a Interphase Probe last week (Ibought it quick ).

Gobshark, do you have the color unit?

In my searching Consumers Marine or Dave's Marine Electronics has the best price on the 582L right now $1,297.00 w/TM triducer. Who knows, maybe there is still better pricing out there.

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Garret, I have the black and white unit. I was going to buy the color unit but decided at the last minute that the money that I would save by buying the black and white unit could be used on something else. I have played with the color unit at the stores and I got to play with the black and white unit on a friend's boat before I went with the cheaper unit. Don't get me wrong, the color unit is absolutely awesome but it was more than what I wanted to spend.
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Gobshark, you are right on that one. The color unit is alot of money. I know some of our dealers up here are talking in around the 4k mark for the 2010C.

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Take a look on e-bay. I got my 2010c for $1900 brand new in the box over the winter. I did purchase the gsd-20($239) and transducer($139) thought Consumers Electronics. I haven't hook them up yet so I don't have any info. I will be probably purchasing a Furuno ff for my primary next week. The problem with the intergrated garmin is say somthing went wrong with the display you wouldn't have either.

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