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Old 23 June 2013, 08:29   #11
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That's very true-if there's an online template available, use it before buying as you may find the fixing holes go into space even if the manufacturer says it's a direct replacement. Been there done that
yes, forgot about the online template, we were very lucky with ours as we managed to fiddle it to get all four fixings into solid console, after moving the ignition switch / kill switch plate to the other side of the steering wheel

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Old 23 June 2013, 11:27   #12
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I like the Garmin as well. Very simple, easy to use menu on Sonar/Radar/Nav.
Had a 12" Simrad for 9 years on previous boat and it was excellent. Best sonar of all. The menu was not as easy as Garmin, required a lot more button pushing - but then that was 11 year older technology. Latest Simrads look to be very very good.
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Well, I'm tempted by the garmin 6012...any good?

Anyone know who does good deals on garmin? I can't find many dealers. Cactus navigation have been the best price so far
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looks a good price
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Anyone know who does good deals on garmin? I can't find many dealers. Cactus navigation have been the best price so far
Cactus, MES ltd, or Redcar electronics are usually the top three for garmin.

I wouldn't buy a 6012, nothing wrong with it but its all about the touch screens now, get a 7012, I picked one up a few months ago for 2k, probably less now.

In the last few years I've had a 4010, 6010, 5012 and 7012, touchscreen on the rib for a few years now, when I bought the hard boat it had a 6010 which drove me insane so it had to come out hence the 7012
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7012 really is excellent and the price is falling rapidly thanks to the new 8000 units. Garmin Homeport software makes it so easy to make routes and waypoints at home then transfer it over. Shame with the Opti it is so expensive to get an NMEA2K gateway, but on ours it calculates fuel for the trip etc.

Cheapness wise, the old style widescreen Raymarine units are available at a very good price.
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Cactus, MES ltd, or Redcar electronics are usually the top three for garmin.

I wouldn't buy a 6012, nothing wrong with it but its all about the touch screens now, get a 7012, I picked one up a few months ago for 2k, probably less now.

In the last few years I've had a 4010, 6010, 5012 and 7012, touchscreen on the rib for a few years now, when I bought the hard boat it had a 6010 which drove me insane so it had to come out hence the 7012
Where was that from? Ive just googled the 7012 and cant find one anywhere
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Where was that from? Ive just googled the 7012 and cant find one anywhere
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Another vote for the Garmin 5000 and 7000 series. Have the 5008 on the rib and the 7012 on the big boat. The 7012 is meant to have a faster processor but TBH I'm not sure I can tell much difference. Once you get the hang of their 'home' screen they are simple to operate. The Simrad NSE and Furuno TZ are meant to be excellent, but I'm not convinced they have such good customer support as Garmin and fewer matching accessories.
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