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Old 11-30-2017, 06:13 PM
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Thinking about the Garmin 1040xs on sale at WM, I currently have a 740 with a Garmin Radar and a Lowrance Elite 7x I like the idea of a larger screen size of the newer Garmin

I think adding a NMEA 2000 network will give me the ability to add fuel flow and other monitoring ability, should be able to display to the Garmins, my boat is older and has none.

I realize the sale price of the Garmin does not include a transducer but i have sonar through the Lowrance.

Any thoughts on the 1040xs?
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The 1040xs is a proven and solid unit.
If you chose to add a transducer ....the GT23-TM is a good option.
A far better sonar than the 740s.
It has Wifi and Quickdraw.


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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post
The 1040xs is a proven and solid unit.
If you chose to add a transducer ....the GT23-TM is a good option.
A far better sonar than the 740s.
It has Wifi and Quickdraw.


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Thank you!

Actually I have the 740 with no sonar, the only sonar I have is through my Lowrance.
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Originally Posted by Brownie289 View Post
Thank you!

Actually I have the 740 with no sonar, the only sonar I have is through my Lowrance.
With the 840xs..it has both 50/200 kHZ 1kw and even better 1KW chirp
So you have many CHIRP transducer choices if you ever decide to go that route.


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I put a 1040xs on my boat recently as well. It performs fine but has a serious deficiency in displaying data. It won't display what I want. I want the left 2/3 of the screen to be sonar or split screen sonar and the right third to be navigation and NMEA2k data. You can't do that. The sonar screen only allows a few data fields and they are embedded in the actual sonar display versus being off to the side.

I tried to do a combo screen but there isn't one for sonar + data. It will only do sonar plus a big stupid chart. I don't want a chart or a cartoon picture of a boat. I want digital data fields and a lot of them. I want heading, bearing, speed, distance to destination, time, RPM (X2), fuel burn (X2), engine temp (X2), vessel MPG, trim percentage (X2), Voltage (X2), etc.

Even the gauges screen only allows for 9 data fields and they spread out across the whole screen with a ton of wasted space. Basically I want to be able to add data fields, resize them, and move them around to suit me. My 12 year old crappy Lowrance unit would do that but this machine won't. It didn't even cross my mind as something to look for because it seems so obvious to have the capability, but it doesn't. It only allows you to use the built in templates. As it is, I don't use it to display NMEA2k data just because I don't want to change screens to see the data. Even if I did, I would want more than 9 fields.

While I am disappointed in that aspect, I do like that it allowed me to clean up a lot of my wiring. The antenna and sonar are built in so I could get rid of my external antenna, the antenna power wires, the black box sonar, the sonar power wires, the network hub, the network hub power wires, etc. Basically it made my installation cleaner.

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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post
With the 840xs..it has both 50/200 kHZ 1kw and even better 1KW chirp
So you have many CHIRP transducer choices if you ever decide to go that route.


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I known this is an old thread but what do you think of the GT23M-TH ?

Would that work with my Garmin 1040XS?

Thanks
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Originally Posted by Brownie289 View Post
I known this is an old thread but what do you think of the GT23M-TH ?

Would that work with my Garmin 1040XS?

Thanks

It will plug and play...as long as your software is current.
the GT23 is a 600 watt CHIRP with CHIRP down scan also.

A very popular unit...and very good.

A note.....the GT23 is a GT51 but without side scan.

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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post
It will plug and play...as long as your software is current.
the GT23 is a 600 watt CHIRP with CHIRP down scan also.

A very popular unit...and very good.

A note.....the GT23 is a GT51 but without side scan.

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Do all the speed ones have the spinning wheel?
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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post
It will plug and play...as long as your software is current.
the GT23 is a 600 watt CHIRP with CHIRP down scan also.

A very popular unit...and very good.

A note.....the GT23 is a GT51 but without side scan.

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What exactly will the GT23 give me with my Garmin 1040XS?

Thanks

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