Originally Posted by lakelandterrier
Thinking of upgrading my small Garmin 556S for a larger unit.
The Garmin 751 has been recommended, and from a short play in a showroom feels good to use, but it is purely touch-screen. I quite like the fact it interfaces into the Engine Mangement System, so can see consumption, fuel flow etc.
Has anyone experience of this unit, or have other recommendations for something I can flush mount into the console with a 7"-9" screen - and at a reasonable (sub £1k) price.
"most" medium/high end plotters will now interface with N2k compliant engines, so you're not restricted to Garmin. Lowrance imo have the best implementation of N2k, probably due to them being pioneers of N2k. I have an HDS9 gen 3 on BP & I'm very happy with it, it is touch/button hybrid & automatically locks out the touch screen if it detects excessive water on the screen, which is a neat trick. Saying that, we've been out in some pretty lumpy weather lately & the touch screen has worked perfectly.
I think the HDS7 gen3 would just about squeeze into your budget.
I have a brand new transom transducer & N2k starter kit for sale if you decide to go down the Lowrance route.