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High Bidder

New Chartplotter

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It's time to upgrade my chartplotter. I am deciding between Garmin 1022 and Lowrance Elite 12ti. The Garmin costs 30% less but I'm not sure if I can connect it to my Simnet system for my autopilot. Can anyone tell me if there is an adapter cable available or if the Garmin has a Micro C data port. Or which unit is the better unit. I now have a 13 yr old Lowrance Globalmap which still works but the map card does not cover the western part of the lake and its too old to use a upgraded card. 

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Have you looked at Simrad GO series chart plotter?  I upgraded from a Global Map to a Simrad Go 7 with Navionics last season.  Nice bright touchscreen that views good even in bright sun light.  Been happy with it so far- looks good in the dash too.

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The Simrad Go series is compatible but it looks more complicated to quickly mark a waypoint when you hook a fish. I was at the Outdoor show in Harrisburg and there was a rep and display there from Simrad and Lowrance. The Lowrance has a waypoint button where as it seems with the Simrad you have to go through a menu to mark the waypoint. I'm not sure how the Garmin works on waypoints. What is your opinion on the waypoints?

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The way I look at it the Simrad is a touchscreen unit-the only button on it is the power button.  So all your info is via touch-way points can be entered several ways and to me it is a matter of getting used to unit. A few swipes and it is in-do it a few times and no big deal.   I liked the fact it was compact and the screen was bright in sunlight.  I also generally run more off my tracks vs going way point to way point.  I've attached a picture of my dash with GO7 chart plotter and you can see how compact it is.  My Lowrance Gen 2 touch is to the left and that takes up more space with it's row of buttons.  Like anything every unit has plus and minus- you have to judge what is best for you.  Operation in bright sunlight was important to me and I had a buddy in Florida that put Simrads on his new center console and he really liked them in the Gulf.IMG_0225.thumb.JPG.3bc69eaa74ebab05d06d9f715e2bb9b9.JPG  

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After reading more about the Elite units, I don't believe they will interface with my autopilot. Simrad is probably the best unit. Thanks mr 580.

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Its Simnet. Yes, its a AP24. I only need the NMEA2K info sent to the Simnet system. The Lowrance and Simrad units have a micro C port and will connect. Now the only decision is , will a new unit and card give me a contour view on the west end of the lake and offer the same ease of operation as my old Globalmap in marking waypoints and displaying SOG  and course. My Globalmap apparently is not compatable with the newer cards.

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Garmin has great mapping especially with the new G3 maps that are available. With the Simrad you'd just need to plug in a Navionics card to get a good map on Western LO. When interfacing MFD's with other items (in this case an AP) you get so much more when you interface with the same brand.

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