Originally Posted by skipmac
You know you can use the GMR 18HD or the 18xHD radomes with the 740s display? So it will come down to whether you see any additional features or benefits to the 741 display.
When making a decision like this one must also consider the industries "dirty little secret"...
Once a product is discontinued the manufacturer can/will only support it for as long as they have parts
or as long as they can get parts
On popular products the parts can vanish in as little as two to three years. At some point they have to pull the plug
. They all do it, Garmin
, Lowrance, B&G, Xantrex etc., etc..
While some companies are better than others, and some products within a brand may get supported longer, they will almost always be supported less long than a current
This is why I try to avoid buying
the discontinued product
or any end of life cycle product. Just because it may seem like it is a good deal
, up front, in the long run it is very often not, unless you buy two.
The good deal quickly vanishes once the product has been DC'd and can no longer be supported.. I see lots of folks, including some customers who I tell this same story to, make this mistake and get bitten.
My own plotters are no longer supported and I got less than 5 years of support.. The only reason I bought them is because I liked the old menu system, not the newer versions. I accepted the shorter product life when doing so and this was a calculated decision, and I already knew about the dirty little secret.
Best course of action, in my experience, for the longest product life-cycle, is to buy the latest and greatest. Not necessarily because it is the latest and greatest
but because it will give you the longest service
and repair life which can often be 10+/- years vs. just 1-4 years..
I talked numerous customers out of the Garmin
740's last year despite the attractive sub 1k price
tag. Only one chose to go with a 740 but she at least knew that she was giving up future support life. It was painful to do because the 741 shipped well after they claimed it would..
These customers will get a nice long service
life out of the 741 vs. the 740 which will likely get support for another 3-4 years, at best. It was a very popular product so parts could run out faster. They'd be pretty pissed in 4 years if they could not even get the unit repaired.
For marine electronics buying
the brand new products, not the end of life cycle products, or discontinued stuff usually leads to the longest life on-board....
Two years ago I talked many out of the DC'd Ray products in favor of the e7, e95 etc. etc. in order to get the longest product life cycle. One of the products my customer was looking at buying is fast becoming extinct, likely by this spring.
I have one customer who bought a "left over" Raymarine autopilot
for a steal
. 13 months later he could not even get it repaired because Raymarine had run out of parts to even make the repairs
. He paid more for the new course computer and display than he had for the entire left over
Something to consider anyway...
P.S. I really like the 741.....