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Old 08 February 2006, 06:28   #1
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Lowrance vs Garmin

Has anyone out there used both Lowrance and Garmin plotters and sounders? I'm trying to wiegh up the relative merits of the newer stuff with a view to buying either a combo unit or separates.

I know Garmins software and features but have no experience of Lowrance though have heard good reports on thier display resolution and robustness.
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Old 08 February 2006, 06:37   #2
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I am getting a Lowrance on my new RIB. I pick it up on Friday so will be able to give more info on it then. Its build-quality looks OK though and its a nice flush-mount.
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FWIW Carl Lowrance developed the first transistorised SONAR for leisure use!!
Check out their site loads of useful info, including downloadable simulators. Using this convinced us to purchase their 3500C Plotter and GPS/SONAR 52i. Which we find excellent, the 3500C screen is brilliant quality and easy to read in sunlight. Product support is also tops, from their site software update downloads are really useful, we have downloaded two updates which upload to the unit via the SD card slot!!

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I am using the 10 inch screen plotter\finder and find it 100% easy and fast to use.
No complaints so far. Absolutely good stuff\fair price.
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Had looked at the 3500C plotter, this seems to appear in plotter/sounder guise as the 337CDF, anyone got a X105/7CDF sounder in use?
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I had a Garmin 176c for a couple of years but the screen was not that good in the sunlight and far to small. The menu was good, easy to handle.
Now I have the Lowrance GlobalMap 7000c with a 10" screen. What a difference! There is only one thing. The layout of the menu is illogical. I'm waiting for an update but the last one was august 2004, so that's it I think. But
I use Apple computers so I'm spoiled.
Buy the biggest screen you can afford in a bumpy RIB.
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we had the garmin 188c cant say a thing bad about it
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We have had a Garmin GPS235 for about 6 years and more recently a Lowrance LCX19 - both a plotter sounder combos and are mounted next to each other.

Totally agree that you should get the biggest screen you can afford.

All I can say is that we find the Garmin the best to use as a plotter for readibility. The Lowrance has more detailed cartography but the Garmin is easier to use and much better in bright sunlight.

The Lowrance is a much better sounder than the Garmin. It shows botom detail much more clearly ( although I'm sure the Lowrance having a colour screen helps ). Managed to get them working alongside one another quite happily running one at 50khz and the other at 200.

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