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Old 12-02-2017, 03:43 PM
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Looking at 9in units any help would be greatful?
I go saltwater fishing and diving off s florida east coast. Like to have the bottom image possible...radar no
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Old 12-02-2017, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by reeladdicted15 View Post
Look at 9in units any help would be greatful
I just installed 3 9" axioms
so far I have had nothing but disappointments w Raymarine.

Had Garmin on last boat. Plug and play never an issue. Ray has been a PITA

I am ready to take them out and sell them on eBay and get all Garmin again
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There's no way anyone can give you meaningful insight if you provide no information to go off of.... besides 9".

It would help if we knew where you fish?
Salt or freshwater?
Inshore or offshore? how deep?
Do you want radar compatibility?
Do you want XM weather compatibility?
What are you using it for... finding fish, checking depth, finding offshore wrecks, figuring out bottom discrimination, navigating unknown or familiar waterways, searching for brush piles in shallow water
Touchscreen or no touchscreen?
Will you be interfacing it with other equipment on boat (vhf, trolling motor, radio)


Without any of this info you might as well read through the following threads and make the determination for yourself.....

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Gps-fishfinder opinions...

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Garmin 942xs/1042xsv

Garmin 94sv Chirp

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Old 12-02-2017, 06:01 PM
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If they are really that bad, send them to me, I would be greatful too.
Actually I was planning to get one soon.
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Old 12-02-2017, 06:13 PM
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Originally Posted by moonzy1 View Post
I just installed 3 9" axioms
so far I have had nothing but disappointments w Raymarine.

Had Garmin on last boat. Plug and play never an issue. Ray has been a PITA

I am ready to take them out and sell them on eBay and get all Garmin again
Please explain.
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Please explain.
If you are a Raymarine owner or dealer and are happy. Cool... Not setting out to cause injury to the company. This is only my experience from my perspective

For starters, the touch slide on off switch doesnt seem to behave well when its cold outside.

On a regular basis I have to go into the cabin, lower the access panel to get to the back of the MFD to disconnect and reconnect the power cable to get them to turn on. I dont know why this works but it does.

Ditto, but for turning off the one in the tower. It will turn on by itself when the power goes on and them will not turn off via the slide switch. The lower units do not go on when the power switch it thrown.

I have calibrated the Autopilot heading sensor w the MFD and got them to read almost exactly the same heading yet the icon does not line up and throws off the go to function w the AP.

The matte finish on the screen makes it difficult to see on sunny days compared to the garmin I used to have.

The SD card is in the back (shame on me I knew it as there but underestimated the inconveneince of going back there to plug in or retrieve) . and there is no spring that pushes it back out to get it out. You need tweezers to get it out or very pointy fingers. Granted, you can get an accessory port to bring thru the dash but you have to buy it and drill thru dash to install. Garmin is a spring loaded front of MFD port.

My system currently will not recognize my transducer. I thought it was a bad transducer....replaced.. Though it was the digital module...replaced....still no love . Only thing left that I can tell is the MFD. They were updated successfully via wifi 2 months ago before installed. very frustrating.

Customer service takes at least 5 calls on average to get someone who knows what theyre talking about. The help forum is moderated by only one guy who will refer you to another thread to search around for the answer after taking a few days usually to get back to your post. If he does answer you directly, its a very wordy. Almost a boolean style that is difficult to understand at times and requires you to re-read several times to understand. At least for me...maybe I am not a smart man. He does know what he is talking about though once you understand his style. I will give him that. But too arduous for a customer service platform.

The few calls I ever had to make to Garmin were always greeted w a live, friendly, and knowledgeable person who quickly resolved my question. They also had you linked ot your number and previous calls so the next guy knew exactly where to pick up.

I could go on if you like?

oh, and the sun covers are difficult to snap on and off.
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Old 12-02-2017, 07:30 PM
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Old 12-02-2017, 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by moonzy1 View Post
If you are a Raymarine owner or dealer and are happy. Cool... Not setting out to cause injury to the company. This is only my experience from my perspective

For starters, the touch slide on off switch doesnt seem to behave well when its cold outside.

On a regular basis I have to go into the cabin, lower the access panel to get to the back of the MFD to disconnect and reconnect the power cable to get them to turn on. I dont know why this works but it does.

Ditto, but for turning off the one in the tower. It will turn on by itself when the power goes on and them will not turn off via the slide switch. The lower units do not go on when the power switch it thrown.

I have calibrated the Autopilot heading sensor w the MFD and got them to read almost exactly the same heading yet the icon does not line up and throws off the go to function w the AP.

The matte finish on the screen makes it difficult to see on sunny days compared to the garmin I used to have.

The SD card is in the back (shame on me I knew it as there but underestimated the inconveneince of going back there to plug in or retrieve) . and there is no spring that pushes it back out to get it out. You need tweezers to get it out or very pointy fingers. Granted, you can get an accessory port to bring thru the dash but you have to buy it and drill thru dash to install. Garmin is a spring loaded front of MFD port.

My system currently will not recognize my transducer. I thought it was a bad transducer....replaced.. Though it was the digital module...replaced....still no love . Only thing left that I can tell is the MFD. They were updated successfully via wifi 2 months ago before installed. very frustrating.

Customer service takes at least 5 calls on average to get someone who knows what theyre talking about. The help forum is moderated by only one guy who will refer you to another thread to search around for the answer after taking a few days usually to get back to your post. If he does answer you directly, its a very wordy. Almost a boolean style that is difficult to understand at times and requires you to re-read several times to understand. At least for me...maybe I am not a smart man. He does know what he is talking about though once you understand his style. I will give him that. But too arduous for a customer service platform.

The few calls I ever had to make to Garmin were always greeted w a live, friendly, and knowledgeable person who quickly resolved my question. They also had you linked ot your number and previous calls so the next guy knew exactly where to pick up.

I could go on if you like?

oh, and the sun covers are difficult to snap on and off.

Is anyone attempting to help you resolve the issues? has the dealer that you purchased the gear from been able to help in any way?
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Old 12-02-2017, 08:00 PM
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i am at that stage now where id like to literally return all this stuff and go get garmin units.

Originally, I went w Ray because I was trying to save a few bucks and stay w what was already on the boat. Existing Autopilot, Digital sounder and M260 Ducer which i really like. So in retrospect, I now wish I had not done that and saved a lot of aggravation.

not even going to get into what I spent on cables as Ray has 3-4 generations of proprietary networking cables i had to navigate to get it all hooked up.

Im sure over time I will get the rt help on the line from Ray or the great people of THT and hopefully get all this dialed in but my point is it shouldnt and doesnt have to be this complicated.

I bought my components from a vendor here on THT who ive always had no issues w and I am loyal to him. I am going to reach out to him and let him know whats going on but the problem is it takes time to realize these issues when you factor in time to install, then use and find the issues. By then you are typically past the return period.

thank you for your concern though.

And apologies to OP if I am hijacking. Was trying to share honest, meaningful info on his question.
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Old 12-03-2017, 02:05 AM
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Go for Garmin for sure. You might end up paying a premium, but the units are easy to use, everything is very easy to network and configure, their support is amazing, etc. Navionics products nowadays have good UIs, but it’s nkt the full Garmin package. They do have a few features Garmin doesn’t have, like a sonar driven auto pilot for instance that is important to tournament fisherman, as well as third party cartography and overlays. Garmin has some features Navico doesn’t have as well, like the actively sweeping panoptix sonar. For a 9 in screen the Garmin eachomap chirp 94sv is a great buy and if you get the right model you’ll be able to find it for about 600. It doesn’t do any Ethernet networking (Garmin marine network) (edit 2- to clarify it does have an Ethernet port but that is just for panoptix, which the unit is compatible with), which means no radar or other higher level networking. But has chirp, side view, good built in charts, NMEA 0183 and 2000 networking, etc.

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Other than that, you move into the gps map series and that is much more customizable and expensive.
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Originally Posted by mdees88 View Post
There's no way anyone can give you meaningful insight if you provide no information to go off of.... besides 9".

It would help if we knew where you fish?
Salt or freshwater?
Inshore or offshore? how deep?
Do you want radar compatibility?
Do you want XM weather compatibility?
What are you using it for... finding fish, checking depth, finding offshore wrecks, figuring out bottom discrimination, navigating unknown or familiar waterways, searching for brush piles in shallow water
Touchscreen or no touchscreen?
Will you be interfacing it with other equipment on boat (vhf, trolling motor, radio)


Without any of this info you might as well read through the following threads and make the determination for yourself.....

Garmin or Raymarine

Garmin 94sv Real World Testing

Garmin 94sv

Best Sonar / GPS combo?

fishfinder/gps combo

Gps-fishfinder opinions...

Seeking advice on electronics for new boat

What GPS ~$700

Garmin vs Lowrance advice

What is best 10" GPS/Sonar for my situation?

Garmin 942xs/1042xsv

Garmin 94sv Chirp

I need help in deciding which chirp fishfinder to buy

Garmin 1042xsv

choosing a gps/fishfinder combo help wanted

Garmin or Raymarine or Simrad?

Garmin, Raymarine, Furuno or Simrad?

Raymarine vs. Garmin

Raymarine dragonfly
What he said. My preference... Raymarine overall. Garmin to much like the iPhone for me.
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Old 12-03-2017, 10:52 AM
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I am looking for a supplement for my older (05’) Ray C80 MFD primarily for the fish finder and am considering either the Garmin 94sv or the Lowrance Elite 9 TI Bundle. Both units have their pro’s to them. I found a YouTube video that did a comparison on these two units and the down scan on the Lowrance seems to be the winner in bottom imagery. I am bummed I missed the great sale GPS store had or West Marine on Black Friday. The Garmin 94sv was 699 with a transducer. Now it is $899 at West Marine (transducer incl) Lowrance TI9 is $999 comes with 2 transducers for better scanning ability. The Lowrance may be networkable it has wireless capability to use with IOS or android. IT also is touchscreen. So I am still on the fence which unit to go with. My Raymarine C80 has radar,chartplotting,and fishfinder. It works good but your taking that from somebody who is a beginner in the boating/fishing world. Any thoughts on Lowrance would be helpful.
Ultimately if you have the bucks the Garmin 7600 series is for sure the way to go. Headunits run approx 2500 bucks and up. I am trying to keep it under 1000 bucks. Have 3 college educations to save for.
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