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Old 05-29-2017, 02:56 PM
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Shopping for a new electronics for my 29' Everglades. I want 2 Screens, Radar, Autopilot. Currently lost on which brand to go with. I narrowed it down to: Garmin 7612's, Furuno TZ2's or Simrad NSS12 Evo3's. At the moment its all greek to me. Need some help to find the best possible option I have.

What I am looking for:
1.Accurate/Easy to use chart plotter
2.Bottom Machine that has best possible bottom discrimination.

Fishing/Boating: West Coast FL Inside 90miles.

Simrad: Insight Charts & Broadband Radar. Additional $1500 for the 12" screen. What exactly are insight charts?
Old 05-29-2017, 03:33 PM
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i have garmin on one boat, 7612xsv, and installed a nss evo 2 on the other, and i like the garmin much better, cant speak for the evo3 but i dont like the simrad as much as the garmin.
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I have Simrad and love it,

NSS12 evo2
RS35 & HS35
Suzuki C10
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I have a Garmin system and I love it. Its very easy to use and the interface is user friendly. I have a GT51M and Airmar B175C-H for transducers. I do a lot of bottom fishing so my B175 has a narrow beam, the sonar is awesome. Lately I have been giving sidescan a chance and damn it is spot on. On a recent trip we were running 35 miles to some nice bottom that holds scamps. As we were running I marked a decent ledge and we stopped just to mark it. I turned the side scan on and BAM there she was. I marked the ledge up very well. I could even see the where the ledge had steps on it. I split the screen with GT51 on one side and B175 on the other. We ended up staying right there and caught a limit of big knot head BSB and one gag. I have 7612xsv, 7608xsv, GMR 24xHD, GXM 52 and Reactor AP w/smartpump. I could not ask for a better system.
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Originally Posted by lwr37 View Post
I have a Garmin system and I love it. Its very easy to use and the interface is user friendly. I have a GT51M and Airmar B175C-H for transducers. I do a lot of bottom fishing so my B175 has a narrow beam, the sonar is awesome. Lately I have been giving sidescan a chance and damn it is spot on. On a recent trip we were running 35 miles to some nice bottom that holds scamps. As we were running I marked a decent ledge and we stopped just to mark it. I turned the side scan on and BAM there she was. I marked the ledge up very well. I could even see the where the ledge had steps on it. I split the screen with GT51 on one side and B175 on the other. We ended up staying right there and caught a limit of big knot head BSB and one gag. I have 7612xsv, 7608xsv, GMR 24xHD, GXM 52 and Reactor AP w/smartpump. I could not ask for a better system.
Larry, This is great to hear, your experience is the feedback so many people look to read. Thank you for posting this.
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Those are all good units. Go to a boat show where there are factory reps for each brand, and spend a day seeing what you like the best.

Currently I am running all Garmin on my boats--with an upgrade about a year ago to latest technology at that time.....today there are improved technologies. The state of the Art is always changing, and to really be "up to date" you ould be changing out every few years...

The reason I use Garmin, is that they are easiest for me to use. If I wanted the best close in radar, I would go with Simrad 4G, but the latest Garmin fantom is also very good--as is the Furuno.
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I didn't know what I first wanted when I got my boat, so I purchased what I thought I wanted, put a 12V lighter plug on the end and used it the best I could (photo attached). I didn't like the first two units I purchased, neither was a touch screen - As an iPhone/iPad guy I kept trying to touch it. My son kept saying, "Dad, its not a touch screen - remember you tried to save money?"

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I agree with y'all. It is a good idea to go check the units out before purchasing. Especially if you have friends with the units you are considering.
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You will not get the answer you are looking for here, simply because everyone will recommend whatever they are currently using and feel most comfortable with. The best thing to to would be to go to a boat show, or go to a large marine electronics installer that carries all three brands and play with them, to see which one you personally like best. You can also reach out to one of our resident electronics experts, and site sponsors, such as Gil Travis (Semperfifishing) or Brian @International Marine. They sell thousands of these units and know them inside out, just take everything they say with a grain of salt.
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Every system is very capable, and they all have subtle intricacies. I think viewing them at a show is great but having a conversation with somebody that sells all the brands is even better. You can call us anytime.

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