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Old 23 September 2013, 16:09   #11
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cant comment on marine ones, but my 2 garmins have never failed me on my Motorbikes. Commute all year round and never had an issue, gloves, no gloves rain or shine.

Had a 6720 and now a nuvi.
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Old 23 September 2013, 17:20   #12
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Petes I did buy another one after knowing the rain affected it. Wasn't aware of the locking facility willk mentioned. I'm going to check that on Saturday.
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Old 23 September 2013, 17:20   #13
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Chris Caton and I looked at the touch screen at a boat show, a rep on the stand advised against them on an open rib, ie getting wet and using gloves etc.
yes, I remember it well, good advice at the time, I've been very happy with the Garmin 4008 so far
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I have the 750s, great piece of kit
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Old 24 September 2013, 04:28   #15
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Ive been looking for a while for a new chartplotter, have decided on the hybrid approach as in touch screen and buttons of the Raymarine E7, that way if im wearing gloves wont be an issue. Best of both worlds.
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Ive been looking for a while for a new chartplotter, have decided on the hybrid approach as in touch screen and buttons of the Raymarine E7, that way if im wearing gloves wont be an issue. Best of both worlds.
Gloves work with the 7000 series garmin touchscreen, just not the older 5000 units

As willk says, locking out the screen can be a really useful feature. We have found a few times with our 7012 that it was needed to stop it doing funny things due to rain. You press the power button and then lock touchscreen, I assume it will be the same on the 700 series
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Ive been looking for a while for a new chartplotter, have decided on the hybrid approach as in touch screen and buttons of the Raymarine E7, that way if im wearing gloves wont be an issue. Best of both worlds.
As far as I know only the Raymarine units have the hybrid facility where all functions can be utilised by buttons and touchscreen, they have made great improvements in recent years and they are now up there with Garmin and the others. They have also upgraded the NMEA use to include fuel usage data from the engine(s) so you can throw away the fuel sender and just use your plotter.
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As far as I know only the Raymarine units have the hybrid facility where all functions can be utilised by buttons and touchscreen.
I thought the Simrad NSS line allowed for for touch and button input also.
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I thought the Simrad NSS line allowed for for touch and button input also.
I think they share some DNA!
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Old 26 September 2013, 04:11   #20
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The only issue I have with my Lowrance HDS7 Gen 2 Touch is trying to touch a point on the screen when the boat is bouncing. I usually have to throttle way back to be accurate enough. Other than that I've had no issues with rain affecting it and I come from the land of rain.
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