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02-03-2012 04:00 AM
xymotic
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Originally Posted by MarkSF View Post
That's good, as I'm about to rip mine out, sell it on Ebay, and buy a Garmin.
cuz why?
02-02-2012 11:18 PM
MarkSF
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Originally Posted by xymotic View Post
Navico isn't going anywhere. And the HDS stuff is really, REALLY selling well at least here in Seattle.
That's good, as I'm about to rip mine out, sell it on Ebay, and buy a Garmin.
02-02-2012 10:58 PM
LinekinBayCD
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Originally Posted by travlineasy View Post
I have owned a Lowrance automotive unit for many, many years--they're the best. My HDS-7 Marine unit is programmed with every, major body of water in the U.S., including all lakes, which to me was amazing.

The OP wants something that can be interfaced with a radar system as well, which would pretty much eliminate any handheld that I'm aware of, but I suspect that in the next 5 to 10 years all of this stuff will be wireless, which will really make life a lot easier. The technology already exists, but the Marine Electronics Industry is always a bit behind in this area.

Good Luck,

Gary
My point was if you want an radar integrated system and you want a handheld or a portable unit that will sync easily with the fixed MFD as a backup unit then Garmin is the best choice. If you think it would be nice to use the backup as a car unit then Garmin is the only available choice, the GPS Map 640.
02-01-2012 11:49 PM
xymotic Navico isn't going anywhere. And the HDS stuff is really, REALLY selling well at least here in Seattle.
02-01-2012 11:43 PM
LinekinBayCD
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Originally Posted by travlineasy View Post
I have owned a Lowrance automotive unit for many, many years--they're the best. My HDS-7 Marine unit is programmed with every, major body of water in the U.S., including all lakes, which to me was amazing.
After a little internet checking it seems that Lowrance has dicontinued all of of their autimotive products. Seems like the company is in a little turmoil having been bought out. I'd be a little concerned about them still being around in a few years.
02-01-2012 11:14 PM
travlineasy
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Originally Posted by LinekinBayCD View Post
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.
I have owned a Lowrance automotive unit for many, many years--they're the best. My HDS-7 Marine unit is programmed with every, major body of water in the U.S., including all lakes, which to me was amazing.

The OP wants something that can be interfaced with a radar system as well, which would pretty much eliminate any handheld that I'm aware of, but I suspect that in the next 5 to 10 years all of this stuff will be wireless, which will really make life a lot easier. The technology already exists, but the Marine Electronics Industry is always a bit behind in this area.

Good Luck,

Gary
02-01-2012 10:49 PM
bljones
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Originally Posted by LinekinBayCD View Post
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.
02-01-2012 10:04 PM
xymotic For portable/auto units I think Garmin's only real competition is Delorme.
02-01-2012 10:01 PM
LinekinBayCD
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lowrance.
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.
02-01-2012 10:48 AM
bljones
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Originally Posted by LinekinBayCD View Post
Does any other manufacture have units that are preloaded with all US coastal charts and all US roads besides Garmin?
lowrance.
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