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Old 08-23-2021, 12:58 AM   #1
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Furuno or Garmin

For the new 19Ē chart plotters, radar, etc which is the better system? For a trawler. Iíve heard both opinions, watched Furunoís comparison videos, etc and still am up in the air. Furuno surprisingly is less expensive, slightly.

Just a hypothetical question for now.
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Old 08-23-2021, 01:25 AM   #2
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Furuno has a history of being bullet proof. This of course does not guaranty that they still are. Furuno has a history of not being intuitive. This of course does not guaranty that they are still difficult to master.

Garmin has a history of giving you more whistles and bells for the money than anyone else. Of course the past does not guaranty the future. Garmin has a history of being very user friendly.

I personally have like all the systems that I have used Garmin, Raymarine, and Furuno. I usually go with the one that makes me the best deal.

While not a fact, it has been my experience that as boats get bigger they tend to drift towards the higher end Furuno equipment.
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After a year of living with a 3-year-old Garmin installation I'm in the process of replacing it with Furuno.

I find the current Furuno software more intuitive for me than Garmin. I prefer the cartography options Furuno supports. Both Furuno and Garmin have unique options -- the set that Furuno offers is more useful to me than the Garmin set.
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Furuno all the way for the above reasons and more. I got their TZ3 and love it!

Garmin are for boats with joy sticks :-)
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Old 08-23-2021, 07:29 AM   #5
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I have never had a Furuno fail me in over forty years, the best radars are Furuno and while I'm not currently liking my GP 1971f's touch screen much it works great otherwise. My limited exposure to Garmin makes a comparison difficult but they appear to be overpriced due to excessive marketing and have too many proprietary issues for me.
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Garmin all the way. Very intuitive and reliable. Goes with my Volvo Pentas.
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After a year of living with a 3-year-old Garmin installation I'm in the process of replacing it with Furuno.
By the way, I had some space on the panel so purchased a Furuno MFD that I mounted next to my existing Garmin setup. I've been able to use them side-by-side for the past few months. I much prefer the Furuno so now I only use the Garmin for radar and the connected video cameras.

Replacing all the Garmin stuff is a project for this winter.
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A have a full Garmin suite including 3 plotters, open array radar, and auto-pilot.

I think the stuff is very intuitive and I've become comfortable in the Garmin "universe". But I have had a couple of instances of stuff failing prematurely and they are notorious for making obsolete and ceasing support of relatively new equipment.

Furuno has long had a rep for better long-term support, they don't update equipment as often. Their radars are also reputed to be the best or among the best available.

If I were to redo my electronics I would absolutely consider Furuno.
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A have a full Garmin suite including 3 plotters, open array radar, and auto-pilot.

I think the stuff is very intuitive and I've become comfortable in the Garmin "universe". But I have had a couple of instances of stuff failing prematurely and they are notorious for making obsolete and ceasing support of relatively new equipment.

Furuno has long had a rep for better long-term support, they don't update equipment as often. Their radars are also reputed to be the best or among the best available.

If I were to redo my electronics I would absolutely consider Furuno.
Furuno has always been very reliable with excellent support, the majority of larger commercial vessels I've served on used Furuno.
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Furuno has always been very reliable with excellent support, the majority of larger commercial vessels I've served on used Furuno.
I think that's also what drives their incredible level of service. You're talking the level commercial requires and then recreational also benefits. It makes Furuno always my first choice.

However, that said, we purchased one boat in 2016 or so that didn't offer Furuno and we got the complete Garmin set up and used in to do the loop and more. Zero complaints and the charts were exceptional on inland waters. The average recreational user would be happy with Garmin but once you've used Furuno, it has you. Now we also use Timezero with our Furuno as it has incredible route planning.
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I think that's also what drives their incredible level of service. You're talking the level commercial requires and then recreational also benefits. It makes Furuno always my first choice.

However, that said, we purchased one boat in 2016 or so that didn't offer Furuno and we got the complete Garmin set up and used in to do the loop and more. Zero complaints and the charts were exceptional on inland waters. The average recreational user would be happy with Garmin but once you've used Furuno, it has you. Now we also use Timezero with our Furuno as it has incredible route planning.
Elsewhere I asked if anyone uses Olex plotting and mapping software. I've used it for years on commercial boats and used it again last week. When used with AIS and Radar overlay it's fantastic, pretty expensive ($7000.00) but it's so far superior to any other program I've used it's worth it. I've never seen it used outside of commercial applications.https://olex.no/index_en.html
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Elsewhere I asked if anyone uses Olex plotting and mapping software. I've used it for years on commercial boats and used it again last week. When used with AIS and Radar overlay it's fantastic, pretty expensive ($7000.00) but it's so far superior to any other program I've used it's worth it. I've never seen it used outside of commercial applications.https://olex.no/index_en.html
Never used it, but we do use Transas and it is heavily used in commercial I believe. It is incredible for offshore and commercial ports but we use other for short coastal runs.
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I see a lot of ECDIS / Plotters on many vessels,
TRANSAS was one of the earliest to market and I still consider it
one of the best.

As far as radars go, Furuno or JRC are on 90%+ of what I see.

That being said I have a Garmin for my 28' boat but would go
Garmin plotter and Furuno (commercial) radar if doing a bigger boat.
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I think that's also what drives their incredible level of service. You're talking the level commercial requires and then recreational also benefits. It makes Furuno always my first choice.
Furuno's tech support team for its commercial products (including the SC50 satellite compass and FA 150 AIS units, but not including any MFDs) is entirely different from the recreational products team. That said, the support from both groups is consistently excellent.
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Furuno's tech support team for its commercial products (including the SC50 satellite compass and FA 150 AIS units, but not including any MFDs) is entirely different from the recreational products team. That said, the support from both groups is consistently excellent.
I know it's not the same group, but it's a culture that is established.
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Furuno has exceptional after purchase support for current and legacy products.

Garmin has ok support for current products but they do not support legacy products too long after discontinuation.


Furuno products last 20 - 30 years.

Garmin, too new to tell, but does not seem to last as long.


Look at commercial marine; ships, tugs, CG, ferries etc. They tend to install Furuno equipment over other brands.

I sell both Furuno and Garmin in addition to other manufacturers. Furuno has the least installation issues and experience almost no defective returns. I sell more Furuno than Garmin, even though profit on Garmin is greater.
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For me and most of the experienced boaters I know, all conversations about marine electronics begin and end with Furuno. To be fair, I have shopped Garmin alternatives, and came away unsold. Why mess with success?
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I sell more Furuno than Garmin, even though profit on Garmin is greater.
that's why many dealers push Garmin. Garmin have a more aggressive marketing plan but not a better product IMO.
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Have had Garmin and used on delivered boats. I still prefer the 16-year old Furuno, especially the radar which is much more controllable. Garmin, is mostly you see what you get with few options to tweak the display.
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that's why many dealers push Garmin. Garmin have a more aggressive marketing plan but not a better product IMO.
I didn't want to say that since I do sell it, when I have to, but is very true.

Most experienced, knowledgeable boaters choose Furuno over Garmin.
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