Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 04-30-2015, 10:43 PM   #1
Veteran Member
 
raindr's Avatar
 
City: Olney,Mt/Anacortes,Wa
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Millie B
Vessel Model: 34 CHB Tricabin
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 47
simrad NSS8 Sport Chartplotter

defender has a great price on these--$814. anyone have any opinions? Are the preloaded charts good for PNW areas? My first choice is the garmin 741 xs---thoughts???? thanks
__________________
Advertisement

raindr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2015, 11:52 PM   #2
Veteran Member
 
raindr's Avatar
 
City: Olney,Mt/Anacortes,Wa
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Millie B
Vessel Model: 34 CHB Tricabin
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 47
nss8

sorry, here is the linkhttp://www.defender.com/product3.jsp?path=-1%7C344%7C2028688%7C2028737&id=1702013
__________________

raindr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2015, 01:04 AM   #3
TF Site Team
 
FlyWright's Avatar
 
City: California Delta and SF Bay
Country: Sacramento, CA, USA (boat in Vallejo)
Vessel Name: FlyWright
Vessel Model: Marshall Californian 34 LRC
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 10,166
If you want Simrad, you better talk to fellow TFer, Twistedtree, or read his blog. Peter has some not-so-great recent experience with their high end system in a N60 and a great blog documenting the whole process.
__________________
Al

Custom Google Trawler Forum Search
FlyWright is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2015, 07:32 AM   #4
Guru
 
twistedtree's Avatar
 
City: Gloucester, MA
Country: USA
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 3,179
My suggestions would be run, don't walk. And that's AWAY from Simrad, not towards the sale. My blog covers a lot of the horror story, but there's more that I still haven't written up.

You can also go read on TheHullTruth. They are all 25' fishing, fishing, fishing guys, which frankly is the target market for Simrad/Navico. One guy is rallying up a class action law suit. The company has a consistent pattern of announcing products and then not delivering them for as much as a year e.g. their forward sonar. But in the mean time lots of people buy their chart plotters in anticipation of the new feature, then wait, wait, wait. Another example is a low-end auto pilot that they released under the Lowrance brand. They took orders and customer's money, then were something like 6-9 months late delivering. And when they did deliver, the product has no instructions, tech support knew nothing about it, and it only worked with some of their chart plotters, not all those that it was advertized to work with. So now people are waiting for a software update so they can actually use the darn thing. And it sounds like that is now going to be months later than promised.

Oh, the latest on my boat is that I also got rid of the NSS7 that I had in my tender. I kept it because I had bought some charts for it and frankly place little demand on it. Show me a chart, my location, and the depth. The first time I used it the depth wouldn't work. Some google searching revealed an awkward incantation that you need to do to get it to work. It's apparently a known bug with a fix coming soon". Presto, problem solved - not. Next time I used it, no depth again. Re-performed the incantation, and nothing. Common guys, it's a freekin' depth sounder. Is it really that hard, and don't you test that before releasing a product? So, rather than going back down the Simrad black-hole trying to debug yet another problem, I torn it our and got rid of it. They did finally release the software update, and it broke a bunch of stuff for other people. Simrad then re-released the update either three or four times because each time is was so badly broken. I wasn't even willing to spend the time to try it.
__________________
www.MVTanglewood.com
twistedtree is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2015, 12:28 PM   #5
Veteran Member
 
Electro's Avatar
 
City: La Petite Mort
Country: USA
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 92
Ive had my NSS8 for almost a year now, I love it and have had 0 issues
Electro is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:17 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2006 - 2012