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Old 11-04-2011, 08:00   #1
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Smile Garmin v Raymarine: Which One Do I Buy ?

Hi, I'm looking for a replacement for my old Seiwa Millennium 7, and so far have found these two that look promising.


Garmin GPSMAP750s



Garmin GPSMAP750s 7" Touchscreen Multifunction Chartplotter our price $1725.00 save $374.00 on the Garmin GPSMAP750s 7" Touchscr


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Raymarine A70D Chartplotter/Fishfinder (with $200 in hull transducer)


https://www.whitworths.com.au/main_i...AbsolutePage=1


Both around the same price


The Garmin comes with a transom mount transducer which would probably work in hull


Comes with all Aussie and NZ charts and is touch screen


The Raymarine transducer is optional but you get the one you need.


Comes with Silver charts for the Southern Hemisphere that donít have contour lines deeper than 10metres, you can upgrade to the Gold charts for $300-$400.


Iím leaning towards the Raymarine.



Any opinions would be welcome


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Old 11-04-2011, 08:47   #2
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Re: Garmin v Raymarine: Which one do I buy?

if you sail with gloves on in cold weather the touch screen can be a problem. Raymarine has been bought by FLIR and should be good now after a troublesome period. Garmin is good too! i guess it depends on personal preference some. I am about to select new instruments and i wil probably go with Raymarine but until recenty I thought it would be Garmin.With the autoilot and wind instuments being Raymarine I am leaning that way.
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Re: Garmin v Raymarine: Which one do I buy?

kjinoz,

I have had both Raymarine and Garmin.
We use a Garmin 5208 right now and love it. Do not need to keep bringing out the manual like I did with the Raymarine. My mate likes it also and uses it all the time.
She would not even play with the Raymarine.

The Garmin GPSMAP750s is sweet and the price is right.
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If you're looking to build an integrated system down the road, with such things as radar, fish finder, AIS, you might want to go with Raymarine.

If you're looking for a stand-alone device, stick with Garman.
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Re: Garmin v Raymarine: Which one do I buy?

Bash,

I have Radar and AIS on my Garmin. Do not have a fish finder, but could add one if needed. I do not think the connectivity with peripherals is an issue with either unit.

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Re: Garmin v Raymarine: Which one do I buy?

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If you're looking to build an integrated system down the road, with such things as radar, fish finder, AIS, you might want to go with Raymarine.
If you're looking for a stand-alone device, stick with Garman.
My garmin 4208 integrated fine with ais, radar and older autohelm pilot. Ais is milltech and radar is garmin hd. has nema 2000 and 182 with plenty of options and input output ports.? could be Raymarine has some advantage here. I found linking these up very easy.
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Re: Garmin v Raymarine: Which one do I buy?

Your going to get a lot of different answers on this topic here. I have an older Garmin 2010C intergrated with an Auto Nav autopilot and a Garmin Fish finder. Everything works great. I have worked with a newer Raymarine plotter with an intergrated Radar and depth sounder. I find the Garmin easier at building courses and setting up waypoints, Overall found the Garmin to be more user friendly.
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Old 11-04-2011, 19:23   #8
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Re: Garmin v Raymarine: Which one do I buy?

We went with the A50 a few years ago. It was a great chartplotter and and worked well with our auto pilot, tri-data and wind gauge. The only issue I had was the screen was hard to read in direct sunlight and radar was not an option. I'm not sure if the A70 has the same type of screen. I would check with Raymarine. They have a great tech support line. I wound up selling the A50 on ebay and upgrading to the E90W. If you don't want to add radar down the road, the A series is a great option, especially if you have other Raymarine electronics. I just looked on Raymarine website and they have a $500 rebate on the A70D.
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We have the Raymarine gauges (E80 chartplotter, speed,wind, depth & tri-data) and recently got the Fishfinder. We have had good service from them over 3 year we have had the boat (10 yrs before us). The Fishfinder w/temperature has been in 3 months and so far works fine. We got the fishfinder to see the bottom for anchoring, etc more than fish. Because most of the gauges were in before adding the Fishfinder, it took a bit to get them all talking but since you're adding them all it should be easier. Good Luck!
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Re: Garmin v Raymarine: Which one do I buy?

Thanks for all the replies.
It's hard to find unbiased help. I was told that the Silver charts that come with the Raymarine aren't much good for Aussie waters.
If this is correct the Garmin is looking good again.
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Re: Garmin v Raymarine: Which one do I buy?

FWIW if you re going with the Garmin, I have successfully glassed a transom mounted transducer onto the inside of my hull. (My hull is not particularly thick.) Just avoid any cored areas, and be careful not to trap bubbles in epoxy between hull and tranducer.

Sensitive enough to show fish, and depths to >300 metres.


P.S. You could test by making an oil bath before final install.
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Re: Garmin v Raymarine: Which one do I buy?

Thanks again,

I've gone with the Garmin.

Tackle world have a special just started..... 750s with a Garmin VHF100i for $1,999

I was told (not sure how true it is) that the Silver charts that come with the Raymarine need to be upgraded to Gold or Platinum for Oz.

I did see a youtube video showing a hose sprinkling water onto the screen making the touch screen useless.



It wasn't the 750 so I'm hoping for the best.
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Re: Garmin v Raymarine: Which one do I buy?

I just had a long discussion about his with a salesman who sells both. His view was that Garmin is easier to use, Raymarine has slightly better definition with the radar. He also said that for areas outside the U.S., the Raymarine chips were somewhat cheaper. On the other hand, the Garmins tend to cost less initially.

But I love my Garmin 545. It's accurate, reliable and easy to use.

It's like iPod vs Droid. iPod is for idiots like me; the Droid is for power users. But either one can do the job.
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Re: Garmin v Raymarine: Which one do I buy?

Be sure to check the Garmin web site for software updates. A great feature of Garmin marine equipment is that the updates are free and easy for users to install. Updates usually add new features as well as fix problems. The web site lists the improvements of each update.

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+1 on the ease of use for Garmin. This is a huge safety factor. My wife can easily operate the touch Garmin. That was not true of our old Raymarine C.
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