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Old 22 February 2018, 11:56   #1
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Chartplotter upgrade options?

Thinking of upgrading the garmin 751s and probably 551s on my rib to lowrance or simrad, anyone got experience with the simrad go9 xse specifically or anything to avoid or look at as alternatives?

It must be nmea 2000 compliant and offer some sort of side scan or similar, lowrance and simrad work best with my outboard so probably stick with those.

Looking around the go9 is more or less 1100 with transducer and about 200 quid for maps but maybe better options out there?
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Old 22 February 2018, 12:21   #2
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Out of curiosity what makes you want to upgrade from the 751?
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Old 22 February 2018, 12:40   #3
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Whim, like all boat purchases
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Old 22 February 2018, 16:59   #4
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My mate has the simrad go9 in one of his boats,he doesn't like it and gets frustrated trying to use it. That being said he isn't the kind of guy to sit down with the book and learne how to operate it properly but I did take a look at the unit while in his boat and found it less intuitive than my hds 12 gen 3. Being all part of the navico group I thought they would be simular to operate, in saying that I've used Lowrance for many years so they operate easy to me simply for that fact.

I would happily buy a simrad and feel taking a look at the operations manual or at least checking out a couple of YouTube tutorials would soon have most people up to speed.
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as an opinion i like the lowrance stuff, had garmin on my last boat that was ok also had a humminbird combo with side scan loved that. found back up from lowrance UK exceptional.
none touch screen through choice.
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ive had the go7 for about 15mnths now and it shat its pants about 8 months ago got a brand new replacement from simrad its been good since then the sensor is a bit long and looks like a footstep
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I'm not putting a stern mount transducer on it. Not convinced myself I want to do that yet so the in hull transducer will be staying.

Cactus have the 9xse for 900 quid with free maps just now for UK......tempted
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The GO9 is brilliant unit and now with the free C-Map campaign it is a steal. If you do not like the touchscreen, you can always add Simrad OP50 remote controller later on!
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