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Garmin 740 vs 741

So the new 741 is due out in the next few weeks. Of course that means the existing 740 will be seriously discounted. So I thought I'd get opinions on the relative merits of the 2 units.

Here's my context:
- planning to buy either the 740 or 741 ad pair it with the Garmin 18HD radar
- use Garmin BlueChart Mobile on both iPad and iPhone (planning and backup)
- will also connect a vhf/ais unit
- I have no electronics on board (other than basic sailing instruments) so am thankfully starting from scratch
- current sailing area is the Chesapeake - probably for another year, then am planning to cruise the east coast Maine down to the Bahamas - maybe farther.
- I want the Garmin for the chart set of the Bahamas
- the Bluechart Mobile app is very impressive (planning and back up device)
- just finishing up our autopilot install (WH) and it's independent from any GPS so is not a consideration

Pros/cons (so far)
- the 741 has wireless connectivity to Garmin Bluechart Mobile
- the 740 and the 741 have the same chart set
- I understand the improved refresh rate and all that, but don't think that really matters all that much at our cruising speeds
- the price difference could be significant - maybe enough to cover the radar purchase
- not sure yet what other advantages/disadvantages the 741 will offer

Would very much appreciate thoughts about which unit to choose. Particularly if anyone has experience with the 740/18HD combo and/or if you've tried to use an iPad with it in some way.

Thanks!
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Re: Garmin 740 vs 741

What did you buy?
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Re: Garmin 740 vs 741

Decided to wait on the 741. The iPad integration is high on my list. I don't really care about the sounder capabilities of the 741, but apparently that's what's holding it up. I'm hoping a factory rep might be at the Annapolis spring boat show and I'll be able to confirm my assumptions.
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Re: Garmin 740 vs 741

Paperbird
I am starting from scratch too. I bought Garmin 740s on sale. I also will be at the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show. My wife and I are going to tour Washington D.C. first. I did not see Garmin on the list of vendors.
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