Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Orange Lake, FL
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Re: Good GPS/chartplotter under a grand?
The 7" Garmin 740s has dropped below $800. Even though it's an older model, it's not a bad price for a 7" as long as you don't mind that it's touch-only. The Simrad NSS7 can be had for under $900. Prices have really dropped in the last few years.
I kinda like the looks and simplicity of the Garmin 740s. Do I still have to purchase a separate transducer to get depth soundings?
Some things to consider:
-Who is going to install it? Installation can get VERY expensive if you pay someone
I'll install it.
-How big a screen do you want / need? Units that have 5" screens are cheap, 7" not too bad, bigger than that gets real expensive
7" is what I think I'd like to go with. I'd like to see what's around me, but bigger than that would look ridiculous on my little boat (and my little checkbook).
-What, if any, interfacing will you do to any existing stuff? Will you connect the plotter to your VHF so the DSC features work (I hope so)? What about wind, depth, autopilot? Some units are easier to interface than others
-Do you want the ability to add XM weather, RADAR, SONAR, or other features?
There isn't any "existing stuff" yet. For now, a GPS/chartplotter/depthfinder and a handheld VHF are all I'm looking for as far as electronics are concerned.