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Considering new multi function electronics

Hi All,

I'm considering new electronics. Specifically, the Garmin 740s radar bundle and the Raymarine e7d radar bundle. the prices are almost the same especially whn you consider that the Raymarine is offering a $250 AmEx gift card as a rebate.

I probably would not buy now as it is so late in the season but the Raymarine seems to be a better option when the dollars are so close.

Does anyone have any comments on either of these systems and do you think the rebate is a sign of something coming out soon as a replacement or a price drop for next year?

Defender has the e7d for $2422 which is $2172 after rebate and I see the Garmen for $2144 at Hodges Marine. I can price match this stuff at West Marine too.

According to Practical Sailor it seems when the dollars match the Raymarine is the better buy because of the bells and whisltes. I also like the added knobs plus touch control vs just touch control on the Garmin.

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Danny,

I have the new c95 system from Raymarine and really like it. I would get the e7 in a heartbeat. Take a look at the individual pricing on Defender... Typically it's cheaper than the package for some reason.
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Re: Considering new multi function electronics

I have the new c95 also. It was a replacement for a c80 which had been fried by a lightning strike. I looked at the e series, but decided to stay with the c for the following reasons.
Larger screen display was the biggest. Both have same resolution. I like having the knobs vrs the touch display. My wife tends to get menus ahead with touch display also I was concerned with a unit whic you were touching the glass all the time. Our c80 display was 6 years old and despite meticulous care in cleaning as well as covering, over the years the glass was slowly fading with microscratches. In a salt water environment itch mists and fogs and particles it is to be expected. And this from a system where you really weren't touching the glass.

Both have wifi and Bluetooth capabilities.

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Re: Considering new multi function electronics

While not death defying, I am a believer in keeping as many of the systems from the same vendor as possible. It eliminates some finger pointing when there are issues and there are issues with all of them eventually. We are currently 100% Raymarine, but dated. All 2004 equip. A refit would be a nice Christmas present, but isn't going to happen for several more years. Too much college tuition.
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While not death defying, I am a believer in keeping as many of the systems from the same vendor as possible. It eliminates some finger pointing when there are issues and there are issues with all of them eventually. We are currently 100% Raymarine, but dated. All 2004 equip. A refit would be a nice Christmas present, but isn't going to happen for several more years. Too much college tuition.
Yea I agree. as I have the Raymarine auto pilot, I think it is a good choice.

We're practically neighbors! Untill this year we were in Mt. Hope bay.

The wife LOVED the Jeanneau at the boat show last week!

what year is yours and do you love it?
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Re: Considering new multi function electronics

I have been moving all my gear from Raymarine to Garmin. I have the 5xxx series chart plotter(s) as a core of the system, radar, sonar, weather. Also happen to have a Garmin VHF radio, but a West Marine AIS. I have been very pleased with the Garmin, in particular that they add new features for free on a regular basis via software updates. They are also stable, Raymarine seems to go bankrupt every few years, they were recently rescued (again) and bought out. I don't trust a company that can't seem to make a profit.

My one experience with the Raymareine repair organization was a great disappointment, my equipment sat in line on the bench for 6 weeks waiting for a tech to look at it - then they called me and told me it was broken. Well, duh!
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.....what year is yours and do you love it?
Ours is a 2004 and we do love it. That was back before Jeanneau began using manufactured teak. We have real inlaid doors and table and teak all around. Laminate inlay, in some cases, but more traditional than the newer boats anyway. That suits our taste. The 54 was their flagship at the time and they really did a good job on quality, IMHO. Relative to production boats, of course.

Easy to sail, fast, comfortable and turns a lot of heads. We are continuously asked what she is and most guess an Oyster. That's flattering and they are always surprised to hear she is a Jeanneau.

A friend just sailed the 509 and said its a rocket ship.
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