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post #11 of 26 Old 01-30-2012
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I went with Garmin -- 4208 and HD18. The quality of the garmin charts was the deciding factor for me. I read too many negative critiques of the Lowrance charts (problems with chart orientation, poor bahamas mapping, bad overseas mapping). I think the BBR is probably a step above the Garmin HD (and certainly consumes less power and offers more mounting options) but the HD is damn good. I am also unsure whether the BBR can be detected by other ship's radar in the way active HD radar is detected. That is an often forgotten benefit of running active radar -- you are a bright target to other stations. Anyway, those were my reasons. Good luck with your decision -- all in all it is a great time to be making the decision. You can't go wrong.
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Lowrance would be my choice. I already own the HD7 and it's incredibly accurate throughout Chesapeake Bay and I know a charter captain using it in the Florida Keys who frequently runs to the Bahamas and Dry Tortugas and says it's the best of the best.

I'll be adding Lowrance 3G Broadband Radar this coming summer and from what I've seen the imaging and sensitivity are the best as well. I talked with a Lowrance rep this winter who said he couldn't believe how close items were to the boat that showed up clearly on the display.

One of the things I really like is the ability to have everything showing on a single screen, plus the ability to select other items such as engine instrumentation through a simple menu. I enjoy being able to see the depth and my location on the same chart, plus have the water temperature, time, and loads of other functions displayed on a single, easy to read display. That HD screen is tack sharp, even in bright sunlight.

As for the connection, it's a standard network connection. I think you could connect it to a Garmen, but you would need an interface device, which would add significantly to the cost.

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Plan on heading to the Boston Boat Show to make a final decision. With the input we are wavering between the Garmin 4210 with HD18 or the Lowrance HDS10 Gen 2 with the 4G radar. We have increased our budget by $500 and I don't think I could go wrong with either system. Thanks for the advice- Joe
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I had a Lowrance once, briefly, before taking it back for a refund. Horrendously complex. Garmin is far simpler and more logical, altho I wasn't happy with their warrantee.

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I had a Lowrance once, briefly, before taking it back for a refund. Horrendously complex. Garmin is far simpler and more logical, altho I wasn't happy with their warrantee.
This is true, but.

I wouldn't call lowrance 'horrendous" it is more complex than Garmin which is dead simple. OTOH, with garmin, you are stuck with what you get. On the lowrance you can resize screens, change colors etc.

When it gets into Radar and Fishfinding, (and music) the lowrance leaves the Garmin in the dust.
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If you are plannin on getting a handheld or semi portable, Garmin has far more choices and makes coordination of waypoints between units very easy. Does any other manufacture have units that are preloaded with all US coastal charts and all US roads besides Garmin?
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Does any other manufacture have units that are preloaded with all US coastal charts and all US roads besides Garmin?
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What model are you referring to? I didn't find any automotive units on their website let alone a marine / auto combo unit. I was looking on my phone so I could have missed it.
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For portable/auto units I think Garmin's only real competition is Delorme.
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What model are you referring to? I didn't find any automotive units on their website let alone a marine / auto combo unit. I was looking on my phone so I could have missed it.
You asked about preloaded charts/maps. Some Lowrance chartplotters come pre-loaded with charts and coastal roads for both the US and Canada.
In any event, a handheld has no relevance to the OPs needs.

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