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  1. twalin

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    Looking for some opinions. Am looking to rig my 31 with a all new package. In today’s market where is the performance and longevity. All sport fisherman say Garmin, commercial Furuno. Simrand everyone says stay away from. Opinions plz....Thanks
     
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    If you are looking at longevity, then Garmin takes a hit. Not that the units fail more than others, just that Garmin will consider them obsolete just a few years later and will not provide support once they do. Decent products, horrible support. Yes, I have a big Garmin network on the boat, but not next time...
     
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    There is no one brand that does everything better than all the rest. Instead I would buy the best auto-pilot, the best radar, etc, that I could afford, and ignore that the brands do not match.
     
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    Furuno fathometer and radar, hondex plotter driven by a Furuno gp 32
     
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    Just went with Simrad evo3, Icom VHF with AIS, Simrad 4g radar, air mar tducer and am very happy.

    Was a Garmin guy in the past, no more. Their new stuff is terrible in my opinion.
     
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    What are a few things that stand out with the Simrad that the new gamins lack?
     
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    At least you got a good radio and transducer :)
     
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    Buttons.
     
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    LOL, you better get used to that. Sooner or later buttons are gone. I hate where Garmins put there +/- symbols for zoom on the split screens. They're so tiny and almost every time I try to zoom or back out I miss and have to hit the return icon. I have 3 x XSV machines on my network and I still keep my 3210 aboard because I appreciate the simplicity of the software as well as the thin, non obtrusive trail lines (unlike the new machines).
     
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  10. Bill_N

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    I would put Simrad (Lowrance) in the same boat as Garmin in regards to obsoleting units. No one has mentioned Si-Tex but they make nice stuff at a decent price point.
     
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    After you get your opinions, go to stores and put your hands on them. Find out what is intuitive to you. Imagine that you are in heavy seas when your adjusting them. I say this because people are different, think differently. What works well for some others hate. I have had Furuno for 30 years and think my current unit is the worst I’ve had. It doesn’t even indicate the color of the buey. It is also just erasing my trails at random. My cheapo back up Garmin bailed me out more than once.
     
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    I would talk to Wharf rat too. Specs/supplies a LOT of big name boats with their packages and know his shit inside and out. He would be able to help you pick out what you need for the way you would use the gear, sell it to you at a good price and give you all the answers to all the questions you are going to need.
     
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    Good to know.
     
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    I second talking to wharf rat, he has steered me towards good products, away from crappy ones and supplied me with customer service rarely found these days.
     
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    I third Warf Rat
     
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    Not sure who's telling you to stay away from Simrad. I probably wouldn't take any advice from them. I've installed Simrad on two boats I've owned, I have found them to be very reliable and easy to use. I wouldn't put anything else in my boat.
     
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    I agree with second guessing about Simrad Equipment... They have seemed to lose anything thats more than a few years old ,service wise. I also agree with Bill, Sitex is not trendy but really good solid equipment, made and serviced locally (US). Can never go wrong with Furuno except the price sometimes because its made to IMO standards...
     
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    I bought a Sitex plotter last spring and it turned out to be the worst customer service experience of my life. It didn’t work with the chart card that it was sold with and I was given the run around by Sitex for months about a pending fix. I finally got fed up and threatened a credit card chargeback so I could return it. When I shipped it back they “lost” the unit and it took forever to get my money back. Luckily I had delivery confirmation on the shipment and when I gave them the tracking number they “found” the machine the next day.
    It ended up working out for the best as I replaced it with a Simrad evo3 that has way better features and is much easier to use.
     
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    First and only bad customer service experience have heard about Sitex. Many bad horror stories about Simrad.
     
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    X4 Wharf Rat of Precison marine . Have bought 2 units from him . Knows his Shit and will go out his way to help you from purchase to troubleshooting . Have had a couple buddys say the same
     
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