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bluewaterpirate posted 07-28-2014 04:53 PM ET (US)   Profile for bluewaterpirate   Send Email to bluewaterpirate  
My wife Cheryl had been after me to standardize our helm electronics. She is my primary fishing partner and offshore adventurer so it made sense to move to one vendor. We decided to go with Garmin because she felt the functionality and displays were easier to use and understand. I have nothing but good this to say about my Simrad NSS8 is served us well.

We chose a Garmin 741xs and 840xs as our MFDs connected by a network and N2k backbone to a Garmin GCV 10 DownVu/SideVu sounder and Meteor 300 entertainment module. We added two ICOM vhf's an IC 506 vhf/dsc/ais/n2k and a small foot print IC 400ss both use the IC 195 Command Mic IV.

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Everything works as advertised.


David Pendleton posted 07-28-2014 06:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Nice-looking install. Personally, I don't like mixing and matching electronics manufacturers. You would have done well with either SIMRAD or Garmin.

If you aren't running a RADAR, why two displays?

bluewaterpirate posted 07-28-2014 07:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
We're offshore fisherman and use the 840 as our FF & the 741 for navigation. Redundancy also.
David Pendleton posted 07-28-2014 09:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Fishfinder? Isn't that what bait is for?
fno posted 07-29-2014 01:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
The kind of fishing Tom does requires a good sonar, and good bait. Nice rig, Tom. What did you do with the Simrad hardware?
jimh posted 07-29-2014 08:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Your decision to use two devices from the same manufacturer seems to me to be a sound one. If using two devices from different manufacturers, you'd have to be familiar with two operating systems and two user interfaces, which might not be easy to keep straight. With one brand on the boat, the two devices should have very similar operating systems and user interfaces, and the chance for operator error ought to be lower. Also, with two devices of the same brand, there are probably more opportunities to link them together electronically to share resources. For example, you might be able to share a common chart package on a memory card between the two, or some other enhancement of resources from being of a common brand.
bluewaterpirate posted 07-29-2014 09:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
FNO email me


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