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Old 09-03-2017, 12:29 PM
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Just ordered a Garmin 1242XSV for my Robalo 246 Cayman
I am a very novice fisherman and navigator. Wondering if I should be getting a touch screen model. I think I can get a 10 inch touch screen for about the same price as the 12 inch
Any thoughts would be appreciated
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it is personal preference. kind of like asking if you should buy a ford or chevy truck. but in this case I think going to a retailer that displays the units would answer the question for you. just play with each of them for a bit and see which you prefer. the only thing to keep in mind is that when on a bouncing boat, they will both be hard to use, but the touchscreen more so. the best solution is to get a touchscreen with a remote mounted 'button' control...for Garmins it is called the GRID. put it next to your steering wheel on a horizontal surface and it will come in very handy when you're underway. this is the setup I have and it is great
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The Garmin 7610XSV offers more than just touch screen. It also offers multiple transducer ports having both an 8 pin and a 12 pin transducer connection allowing more transducer options and having the better tool for the job based upon how and where you fish.
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IME, touchscreens are more trouble than benefit when being used in a vehicle subject to random motions.

Bigger boats might be stable enough to use them, but smaller boats may not. I would not have one on my boat.

As a test, take a tablet with a similar screen size and attach it to your boat's console. Run the boat how and where you usually use it and try to use a web browser or play a game. Better yet, you can download one of the many chartplotter apps and try to use that when you next go out in your boat.

Then decide if you still want a touchscreen.
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My touchscreen are ver simple to use. Rough seas has not been an issue at all for me. i have twin 12" screens and would buy again tomorrow. My las boa also had 1 12" screen never an issue using it either.
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Have no issues with my 12" touch screen in a 23' Seacraft - I own the remote and the only time I've used it was to synch it.
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Originally Posted by caper View Post
Have no issues with my 12" touch screen in a 23' Seacraft - I own the remote and the only time I've used it was to synch it.


I have the remote keypad also ! No idea if it works, never had a reason to use it. Kind of crazy but seems to be not needed at all now.
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I tried a NON touch screen first and I kept touching it trying to make it do what I wanted, I use iPads A LOT, my son kept saying, "Dad, you didn't get the touchscreen, remember?" So after about three days I took it back and bought the touchscreen.

I think if you use an iPhone or iPad much you will hate anything but a touchscreen.
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like touch for a number of reason as well as the key takes getting accustomed to. Personally my Garmin system is designated panoptix so I tend to set and leave it key works just fine. The other units are Lowrance touch and find myself changing settings and selected units on the network. Much easier with touch.

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On my last trip out it was pretty rough and the wind was blowing water back in the boat bad, the water that was constantly running down my screen was making my chartplotter go crazy. It was a 2 hour run and I was having to dry the screen and get my navigation set back up quite regularly.

That and having to remove gloves in the winter time.


I think I'm ready to go back to buttons.
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I prefer buttons, just seams easier to use when the boat is in less than ideal sea state.
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I bought a GARMIN 840XS non touch, I found that the software is deigned for touch and very cumbersome to use. I wish I bought a touch screen instead..
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I wouldn't even consider a MFD without touch. For chart operations it's so much better than buttons. I made my first route when getting first generation NSS in 2011, with button units I felt it was too cumbersome. I suspect most people which are skeptical towards touch screens on boats either have very limited experience with touch or they have used small screens. Using a 7 or a 12" unit at speed in choppy waters are two totally different experiences.

I'm a big fan of touch, but I'm not sure I would have bought a unit without buttons either, I really like a rotary knob to adjust sonar and radar gains and I like to have a physical exit button.

A knob and button interface can typically be added to touch only units by adding an external controller.
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Buttons? Don't need no stinking buttons.

TS all the way.
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I have both. Either way ! Brian makes a good point
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Non touch is a dinosaur and much like the blackberry will be phased out much quicker. So if you ever plan on selling your boat get touch (most are hybrid), if not you will be dealing with an outdated electronics package.
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buy the touch screen and add the garmin grid , now you have both. i added the grid to mine and to tell you the truth a hardly ever use the buttons, their insnt much difference touching a button or touching a screen when its sporty out IMO
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The smaller touch screens can be hard to use when its rough out, but on the larger 10,12,16" screens it really isn't a problem at all.
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I'm a fan on non-touch screens...it seems that my hands always have sunscreen, fish slime, sweat, or some combination of said items....
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skip the garmin, get a lowrance Carbon and have both (touch and buttons)

It is really personal preference.

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