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Old 23-10-2011, 17:50   #1
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Garmin Touch Screen 7012

Hello fellow sailors:

Has anyone installed the new Garmin 7012 touch screen chart plotter at the helm. I am toying with ripping out my complete Raymarine system and upgrading to a Garmin touch screen. I only sail my 49 in the Chesapeake Bay, so I am not concerned about rough seas interfering with my ability to find the correct button on my plotter.

I would love some input!

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Old 23-10-2011, 19:41   #2
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We put a Garmin 7012 at the helm last winter. I had fears about how well the touch screen would work "in weather", etc. I used the thing all this season without a hitch. Mine is mounted at the helm, on the pedestal, and is not protected (other than the protection from it's mounting 'pod'). I absolutely loved it. All my cruising was mid coast Maine, but weather was a bit of everything...the Garmin never gave me any cause for 'buyers remorse'. My reaction was more 'that is the best money I've spontaneous on the boat for a long time". Good luck. I think you'll love it.
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Old 23-10-2011, 19:44   #3
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We put a Garmin 7012 at the helm last winter. I had fears about how well the touch screen would work "in weather", etc. I used the thing all this season without a hitch. Mine is mounted at the helm, on the pedestal, and is not protected (other than the protection from it's mounting 'pod'). I absolutely loved it. All my cruising was mid coast Maine, but weather was a bit of everything...the Garmin never gave me any cause for 'buyers remorse'. My reaction was more 'that is the best money I've spent on the boat for a long time". Good luck. I think you'll love it.
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Old 23-10-2011, 20:38   #4
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Re: Garmen touch screen 7012

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. (didn't notice the original post was from a few years ago...
I think you are looking at his "Join Date".

BTW, I love my Garmin 5208.
The only glitch I've had is when it's raining cats and dogs, sometimes the screen gets a little cranky.
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Re: Garmen touch screen 7012

There was a thread on here not too long ago that said that water droplets sometimes interfered with the ability to use the touch screen capability properly ... that's why I bought a Garmin 4210 .... However, I don't have any personal experience that says that the touch screens are a problem. (Incidently, I love my 4210.)
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I think you are looking at his "Join Date".

BTW, I love my Garmin 5208.
The only glitch I've had is when it's raining cats and dogs, sometimes the screen gets a little cranky.
We have the 5208 tutch screen and on our cat it's located just inside a window at the helm that opens in good weather and between the hard dodger and the window it really gets no weather except wind. I love the 3D charts especially in narrows between islands and almost visiable rocks in the middle of an anchorage.
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Re: Garmen touch screen 7012

Some folks have indicated that they prefer the non-touch version of these much more - due to the above problems and fingerprints on the screen. We have 2 good friends who bought the non-touch versions and love them.
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+1 for the 3D Fish Eye View!
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