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Old 08-28-2017, 06:14 AM
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I was looking at buying the Lowrance Elite 7 ($649)ti then a special came up at West Marine today on the Garmin echomap chirp 94sv 9". ($749)

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/garmin--echomap-chirp-94sv-chartplotter-fish-finder-with-coastal-charts-and-clearv-sidev-transducer--17984550?cm_mmc=EM-_-Promo-_-N/A-_-N/A

On the surface this looks like a great deal, for $100 more I get a 9" screen versus a 7" screen for what I think are similar units. Anything I'm missing on this? I know no touch screen, but not sure that is a huge deal.
Old 08-28-2017, 06:17 AM
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I think the bigger screen is preferable to the touchscreen. Echomap series is due for replacement this fall so that's why the price has dropped. Still a nice unit though.
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That's a hell of a deal on the Garmin. I installed a 94sv last year and so far it's exceeded my expectations. I'm partial to button-style MFD's bc my hands are always grimy from baiting hooks & handling fish. I'd be cleaning the screen so much I'd probably wear it off.
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Originally Posted by ychtcptn View Post
I was looking at buying the Lowrance Elite 7 ($649)ti then a special came up at West Marine today on the Garmin echomap chirp 94sv 9". ($749)

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/garmi...mo-_-N/A-_-N/A

On the surface this looks like a great deal, for $100 more I get a 9" screen versus a 7" screen for what I think are similar units. Anything I'm missing on this? I know no touch screen, but not sure that is a huge deal.

I have a brand new regular Elite 7 Chirp in the box with a transducer if you want it. I'd sell it to you for $500 all in. However, I don't think you will like it as the software running this model is not touch screen and will not allow you to turn on and off chart layers. If that is not important to you it would work fine for you.

You live in Broward so what is more important than the unit itself (as long as it is reasonably capable - the Hook and regular Elite are not in my opinion) is the Charts it runs. ANY Garmin would be the worst choice for your area. That is just the sad truth about it. The unit itself is fine but you will never get out of it what you hope to because of the chart. If you get one of those you may be the next person to start one of those "my garmin shows my running on land" threads. Do a search - there are plenty of those threads going back for years on lots of different Websites. It seems to be mostly a problem in the Southeast as opposed to the northern US. At least with Navico you can run several different charts that cover your area from different manufacturers.
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Originally Posted by ychtcptn View Post
I was looking at buying the Lowrance Elite 7 ($649)ti then a special came up at West Marine today on the Garmin echomap chirp 94sv 9". ($749)

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/garmi...mo-_-N/A-_-N/A

On the surface this looks like a great deal, for $100 more I get a 9" screen versus a 7" screen for what I think are similar units. Anything I'm missing on this? I know no touch screen, but not sure that is a huge deal.
The part# you listed for the Elite does NOT include any transducer.
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The Simrad Go7 with Totalscan transducer would be a unit to review
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Originally Posted by ychtcptn View Post
I was looking at buying the Lowrance Elite 7 ($649)ti then a special came up at West Marine today on the Garmin echomap chirp 94sv 9". ($749)
Anything I'm missing on this? I know no touch screen, but not sure that is a huge deal.
If you run an smaller open rig, a touch screen only unit can be prone to response issues if the screen gets some moisture on it. It can occur at the most inopportune times. Its happened to me a few times. I think it's best to consider only units with touch screen but that also have buttons or knob for hard unit control. If the boat is larger and the unit is more protected the Simrad GO series may work just as well. On my smaller bay boat, a touch screen only unit is not the best choice.

Since you are in Broward County, if you are going to run an FMT chart, you can get substantive discounts of up to 40% on the charts if you buy your new unit from Florida Marine Tracks. Updated super hi resolution imagery for Broward , Dade, Monroe, and other areas around Florida near you was just released which will allow you to zoom in on your unit with clarity to as close as 50' to 100'. Larger orders qualify for a free chart. Check it out.
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Thanks for the input.

I recently bought a Sea Hunt 19 bay boat, so maybe the touch screen is not the best idea. Will be using for mostly inshore and the occasional offshore in good wx.

Not worried about the charts to much, mostly used for fishing waypoints. Will check,out the FMT charts.

I'm OK, with not having the latest and greatest, I figure when I see such a sale that is likely the case.

Decided to order the unit in case they ran out, if things change between now and when I get home next week I can always return it.
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I bought the 74sv last year and paid over a grand. I have been extremely pleased with it. I would definitely go with the 94sv for that price. As for the touchscreens I would why away from them on a bay boat. I go got in a nasty storm offshore and had to program my homeport into my garmin while it was storming. There is no way I could have done that with a touchscreen. Also I can't imagine what the glare would be like on a touchscreen covered in smudges.
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Garmin...that looks like a nice deal
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Remember the spray shield advertised on the same page. It turned out to be essential to mounting my Garmin transducer.

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