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Old 09-20-2018, 04:20 PM
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Looking at older gear and wondering why Furuno doesnt hold value as well as Garmin?

I have used a vx2 as well as several 540 series garmin units and like both(currently own 541 gpsmap looking for something bigger at more appropriate for florida offshore(gulf side but wanting to do keys trips aswell.)

any advice between vx2, 4208, 840x would be appreciated.

I prefer the older style displays due to a deep found hatred for touch screen(your not gonna change my mind)
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The 840xs has a built in sounder ( CHIRP and 50/200 kHz plus down Vu ) and built in GPS antenna.
The 4208 requires both an external sounder (no CHIRP) and an external antenna.

And the newer Garmin 1042xsv is a button.
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Thanks for that, had no idea... my 541 requires no sounder or gps antenna. I Just assumed it would be the same.
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Originally Posted by ljid View Post
The 840xs has a built in sounder ( CHIRP and 50/200 kHz plus down Vu ) and built in GPS antenna.
The 4208 requires both an external sounder (no CHIRP) and an external antenna.

And the newer Garmin 1042xsv is a button.
that 1042 might be my answer; I went to the store looking for the 840(has been available seems like forever) and it wasnt there...
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Originally Posted by Semper_gUmbie View Post
Looking at older gear and wondering why Furuno doesnt hold value as well as Garmin?

I have used a vx2 as well as several 540 series garmin units and like both(currently own 541 gpsmap looking for something bigger at more appropriate for florida offshore(gulf side but wanting to do keys trips aswell.)

any advice between vx2, 4208, 840x would be appreciated.
As to pricing, I would bet the Furuno VX2 came out long before the Garming 4208. I think there was even something called a Navnet 3D that came after the Navnet VX2 but before the TZ Touch.
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Originally Posted by starbright55 View Post
As to pricing, I would bet the Furuno VX2 came out long before the Garming 4208. I think there was even something called a Navnet 3D that came after the Navnet VX2 but before the TZ Touch.
Yup. The Furuno Vx2 series came out long before the 4208. I think the vx2 series came out around 2001. The NavNet 3D series came out around the same time as the 4208. The NN3D is the first Time Zero unit, only with buttons.
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Originally Posted by iFishMD View Post
Yup. The Furuno Vx2 series came out long before the 4208. I think the vx2 series came out around 2001. The NavNet 3D series came out around the same time as the 4208. The NN3D is the first Time Zero unit, only with buttons.
Thanks for the reply; what is the first time zero unit?
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The NavNet 3D unit is Furuno's first TimeZero unit. It has instant redraw. They made an 8", a 12" and black box

https://www.furunousa.com/en/products/mfd8

https://www.furunousa.com/en/products/mfd12

They are commercial grade units and still found on a lot of the USCG small boats.
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vx2 introduced in 2005. 4208 introduced in 2006, so they are very comparable in terms of age.

if you're upgrading then I would suggest going newer. if resale is important, like you've found, garmin resale is almost 'silly' high, even 12 years later.
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Even look at the Garmin reman units.....1 year Garmin warranty..less pricey and a bit better than anything used with no warranty at al.
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I just sold my Florida boat that had twin VX2 units. They took me all over the northern Bahamas numerous times and I can't speak more highly of the unit. My current boat has TZtouch equipment and I would happily trade for the VX2 equipment functionality. The whole touch screen baloney gives you a bunch of features that you don't need that makes the unit a lot harder to learn and operate. Just try doing something on a touch screen in rough seas. Touch it too quick or too slow and you don't get what you want. I'm not sure about buying 11 year old equipment but I wish I could have that simplicity on my current unit. By the way both of my units never failed and were going strong when I sold the boat a few weeks ago.

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Originally Posted by JG400 View Post
I just sold my Florida boat that had twin VX2 units. They took me all over the northern Bahamas numerous times and I can't speak more highly of the unit. My current boat has TZtouch equipment and I would happily trade for the VX2 equipment functionality. The whole touch screen baloney gives you a bunch of features that you don't need that makes the unit a lot harder to learn and operate. Just try doing something on a touch screen in rough seas. Touch it too quick or too slow and you don't get what you want. I'm not sure about buying 11 year old equipment but I wish I could have that simplicity on my current unit. By the way both of my units never failed and were going strong when I sold the boat a few weeks ago.

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Thats exactly my fear of the new gear...
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like anything else, touchscreen isn't going to be for everyone...which is why button based units are still available. but for the vast majority of us, touchscreen is far superior to button. faster, easier, more intuitive.
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Touch has been selling strong for many years.....just an option for those who find it merts useful.

And the hybrid touch is good also.
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My 1650 dgps is from 1999 and 1722 from 2002-2003. Both still work exceptionally well.. I highly prefer buttons as well. And....... Never had to do a software update

Many prefer garmin, not me. I had to get a new TD because my 741xs XID crapped out and garmin refused to upgrade software to allow Airmar TD integration My neighbors 741 crapped out. And my fishing partners 741 crapped out. And my dockmaters 741 bit the dust. Oh did I mention my 20yr furunos STILL Working!!
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I’m not a huge fan of the touch screen either but for me the real deal breaker these days is....can I run Cmor maps on it. If not, it’s Not worth my time, time and Gas looking for new spots in new areas.

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