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Old 07-14-2018, 08:35 AM
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Hey guys, I have been using the Garmin 741xs on my Action Craft 1820 for about a year now, it came with the boat. Considering a switch to the Lowrance Elite-9 Ti with the ability to add Florida Marine Tracks to the unit. I am wanting to plan a camping trip to the everglades next winter, and I'm certain I will need the FMT to navigate. I have a few questions, but also thought I would pass along some info I found out.

The Garmin would be just as good as anything else if you were in deeper water all the time, but for inshore comparing the G2 Vision to the FMT is like comparing a 17th century map to a modern day map. I am really impressed with the FMT if you can't tell, and I have yet to hear any negative feedback on them. Anyone have any experience with FMT?

I called Glen and he said he recommends a minimum of a 9" screen but that the 12” takes the maps to a whole new level because of the screen resolution. I wish I could swing a 12", but I can’t I would be pushing it with the 9” as it is…

His first choice is a 12”+ Simrad NSS Evo because the rotary knob is the best interface for zooming. He said for smaller units he prefers the display of the Lowrance because when you overlay data on the map Simrad puts a bar across the screen that takes up part of your map, Lowrance just puts the numbers on the map. The only negative of the Lowrance units that I can see is the aesthetics, they look much more clunky and don’t have the black glass look that is popular. Anyone know any other downsides to a Lowrance unit?

Oh and he also prefers the zoom buttons on the lowrance over the touch screen only on the Simrad GO units.

Any help or guidance appreciated.
Old 07-22-2018, 07:46 AM
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Does anyone have any input on this?
Old 07-22-2018, 07:56 AM
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The Lowrance units don't have the same autopilot integration options as the simrad. It lacks pinch to zoom but it does have zoom buttons. The Lowrance is not radar compatible.
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Ok thanks for the info, I am not a fan of pinch to zoom, I would much rather have buttons, and autopilot and radar are not necessary on a flats boat, leaning even more towards the Lowrance. No need to pay extra for capabilities I have no use for...
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The EVO is much nicer to use compared to the Ti with respect to zooming in and out which you would do a lot with the charts. The EVO has the zoom knob which is faster and easier and than zoom buttons but to get the EVO the cost differential is nearly 100% more compared to the Ti. That is the rub. But the Lowrance has superior data overlay display with no Instrument bar taking up screen. The Lowrance buttons are OK and clearly functional but the knob is much easier to use when you are out there running around and has zero delay. I find the buttons (even on the Carbons) have a very short delay when pushed to get the screen changing with a super detailed chart. The knob has zero delay rain or shine. The data overlay difference is no issue on 12 inch screens but on smaller simrad screens it is since it takes up display. For that reason I usually recommend the Lowrance if data overlay is important and a 9" screen or smaller is being selected. For 12" screens, the EVO is the best overall but if pricing differences are real trouble, the Ti is a great alternative for any FMT chart.

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