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Re: B&G v Garmin (GPS/Radar)
We just upgraded after a lightning strike, and you are indeed right about the lay-lines on the 740. They are really awesome. We went to the Annapolis show to see what RayMarine, B&G and Garmin had to offer last year. I really liked the Garmin's user interface and software but that was my preference, each one seems to make great gear. I found the Garmin very easy to use and I was pleasantly surprised when I first used the unit with the lay-lines, it almost felt like cheating. I also have a 18 HD radar dome, it is a very user friendly radar set, and I have not been disappointed. With the secondary device like an Ipad or phone, you can stream the radar to your device. This made running at night in NY harbor soooo much easier, I was able to walk up to my bow with my phone and still have a view of my radar display, but I think most vendors include an app now which allows you to have a secondary display. The radar has good auto filtering settings such as gain. I have only really had to adjust it when I was playing with it to practice with each setting. We also had the wireless G-wind unit installed. I like that unit, sometimes it acts up and drops connection, but I think that is due to the Blue Tooth when streaming Pandora to the Meteor Garmin stereo, from what I read I think the wireless wind and Blue Tooth are close in frequency. If you can, I highly recommend looking into the Garmin Meteor stereo if you are into music. I love being able to control it from my phone, or chart plotter. So far I have been quite happy with the 740xs and radar set. It has given me a lot more confidence to run in the dark around me.
Let me know if you have any other specific questions.