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Old 03-31-2014, 06:48 AM   #1
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Garmin or Raymarine?

I have a Garmin 3020C on the flybridge. It is obsolete and in any case I can't get an Australian data base for it.

Do I replace it with another Garmin or the Raymarine 127C? The Raymarine cutout is close to that of the Garmin and the price is good.

I am sure there is a wealth of knowledge out there in Trawler land, what are your thoughts?
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:00 AM   #2
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You could save some money and see if a Standard Horizon will fit ;-)
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:24 AM   #3
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:51 AM   #6
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but make sure to check for the existence of the power cables as they are optional in some models. (they were in my case with series 4000)
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:20 AM   #7
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You might be wise to research chart availability and quality for OZ, then decide. The only source for charts for garmin is garmin. I think Ray supports Navionics. Simrad supports navionics and cmap. And don't just rely on coverage maps. It's worth $50 or whatever to buy the iphone version of the charts so you can see them in detail and really evaluate them. For people in the US this is a non-issue since every vendor bases their charts on the NOAA charts and they are all uniformly excellent. Outside the US having the right charts, or preferably a selection of charts can be critical. This is one of the main reasons I picked Simrad over Garmin.
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Old 04-04-2014, 02:01 AM   #9
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:46 AM   #10
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Have a friend who has one of each, without hesitation he likes the Garmin better.
One other thought would be an iPad, many good protective cases that have gimbal mounts.
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:13 AM   #11
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Sounds a bit like Ford vs GM dilemma ... ... both brands offer decent products.

Check the specs, check the charts available, and go with one that fits and YOU like the most.
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Old 04-04-2014, 01:37 PM   #12
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What I would do is check their tech support. Give each a call with questions about capabilities, returns or whatever you can think of. See how long and how difficult it is to talk to a human.
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Old 04-04-2014, 03:42 PM   #13
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I had Garmin on the old boat, Raymarine on the new one. My Raymarine stuff is getting old (2006) but was the top of the line at the time, 2 E80 and one E120.

I liked Garmin better, but the tech support from Raymarine has been outstanding. The Garmin charts seemed more accurate and more detailed to me.
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Old 04-04-2014, 08:08 PM   #14
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Tagging onto DougCole's post... I have a Raymarine R240 handset and the outer covering of the spiral cord was disintegrating... the handset was out of warranty... I took pictures of the handset cord - sent them to Ray tech support (Frank Davy) and they agreed to replace the cord free of charge... very cooperative experience with Raymarine.. haven't dealt with Garmin, but others may have had similar experiences with other manufacturers..
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I have had four generations of Garmin chartplotters, plus several Nuvi's. Tech support has been really good. On charter sailboats, had to deal with several Ray chartplotters. Anything but intuitive. Can't imagine wanting a Ray unit on any boat of mine.
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As for intuitiveness, I would have to agree that the Raymarine software interface to the Classic E series is less than optimum, but doable with many options. Based on my experience with a full Raymarine package of electronics installed on my boat back in 2007, the quality is topnotch. Very few issues over the years, with only small issues that were resolved quickly with the help of very good Raymarine tech support.

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Old 04-05-2014, 04:38 PM   #17
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I have both Ray and Garmin plotters on the boat. All else being equal I would choose Garmin.
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Also have Raymarine and Garmin units aboard. Garmin is superior.
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Also have Raymarine and Garmin units aboard. Garmin is superior.
Flipped from 80 ray marine to Garmin 7212 touch screen. My wife who stayed away from ray marine loves the Garmin system - she finds it easy to use and navigate through the various Screens. You know the happy wife thing!
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:27 PM   #20
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Thanks to all who responded to my question. It seems like Garmin wins by a clear majority.
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