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TomB posted 02-10-2006 04:09 PM ET (US)   Profile for TomB   Send Email to TomB  
In searching through past postings I see the Garmin 172C was introduced about the summer of 2004 and a number of members probably bought them. I'm considering one now, but knowing how technology changes so fast am not so sure it's the way to go. It seems to still fill a niche for plotters in the $400 range, and new ones on Garmin's website are much higher. One post in particular caught my eye, saying it fits well on a Montauk console and the display is still big enough to see - also it seems to work well. I would appreciate hearing experience and suggestions from the guys (and ladies) who've been using them awhile. Don't need a lot of bells and whistles. i just need to find my way around the marshes and close in offshore, then get home.


Chuck Tribolet posted 02-10-2006 07:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
It will probably do the job.

Garmin hasn't replaced it, but probably will next winter or
the winter after.

$400 would be a pretty good price.


Moe posted 02-10-2006 07:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
We have the 178C, which is the same as the 172C but also has the sounder function. Our has the internal antenna, and it works very well, whether under the bimini of our Whaler or inside the cabin of our sailboat. We also really like the small size that takes up little room on the console.

Technologywise, its screen is roughly 100 pixels per inch, or a dot pitch of 0.25mm. That's about the same as my 20" PC monitor at work, set on 1600 x 1200 resolution.

There are now units on the market that run close to 150 pixels per inch, right up there with my 1920 x 1200 HDTV-grade 15" notebook screen. If you can read the fine print these screens are capable of, you can put a lot of info on the them.

That's the main difference as I see it (pun intended) today.


jmorgan40 posted 02-11-2006 07:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmorgan40  Send Email to jmorgan40     
I had installed a 178C on my 1986 Montauk right before I sold it last summer. Before that I had the 168. Pro's-- The 178C was much faster with redraw than the 168. Con-- the scren was sometimes very difficult to read in direct sunlight. One of the things I like about all the Garmin products is the ease of use with their GPS. Very user friendly. I now have a 1988 Outrage 20. I went back and forth on whether to stay with Garmin or go with a Lowrance unit. I ended up going with Lowrance because I believe their sounders/fish finders are far superior than Garmin although I knew their GPS functionality was not as user friendly as Garmin's. Much more power at 8,000 watts Peak. Now after owning both, Hope this helps.
tombro posted 02-13-2006 07:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
Another TomB here, who has owned 2 Garmin units. My 1st was the 188 mono unit on my 150 Sport. With internal antenna, excellent unit, good sonar, too. I located wrecks in the open ocean via the chartplotter and sonar on split screen, for example, and caught fish on them as proof!
When I moved up to a Ventura 210 I installed a 198c Garmin unit. It has an external mushroom antenna that is hidden within the starboard console. I like it even better in color, and it reads fish and wrecks very well. If I wanted a bit more power, I would likely add a Lowrance sonar, and just use the Garmin for chartplotting and location. I typically fish water <100 feet, and find my unit sufficient.
drd posted 02-19-2006 08:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for drd  Send Email to drd     
I installed the 172c in my 13ft, then moved it when I upgraded to the 20ft. Mine has the internal antenna, which is often under a bimini top in the new boat. The unit works great, I have it side by side with a lowrance FF, and I think the Garmin is easier to see, especially in sunlight. I also had a 188c on a different boat. I think the 172c has smaller learning curve compared to the 188c. Both units are very user friendly. I also use the bluechart chip in mine. You may want to look at the newer 192 which comes with the charts built in. it does cost more but no need for the charts, something to think about.

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