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Old 22 December 2012, 15:52   #31
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The 7" & 12" units are sold. Thanks to all for the interest. The 9" is still available. A great Christmas stocking stuffer!
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Old 22 December 2012, 16:49   #32
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Guy in Bass Pro Shop, Cypress TX told me that Lowrance (and other Navico brand plotters) are "geofenced" to prevent units bought more cheaply in the US, at roughly $1=1, being used in Europe, even after changing SD cards. This limitation does not apply to Garmin and Raymarine.
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Guy in Bass Pro Shop, Cypress TX told me that Lowrance (and other Navico brand plotters) are "geofenced" to prevent units bought more cheaply in the US, at roughly $1=1, being used in Europe, even after changing SD cards. This limitation does not apply to Garmin and Raymarine.
Surely that can't possibly be true...what about people who have a US based boat but then cross the atlantic?
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I had the same thought but got the same story at boatshow. I guess transatlantic sailors are a tiny proportion of sales. I would like to be wrong as I have a non-touch 10" Gen 2 Lowrance that I would like to change to 12" and retrofitting the new 12" Gen 2 will be easier than switching to Raymarine, although the non-touch Ray c127 is a lot cheaper and I don't need the touch facility. For me the new Ray screens score on improved
backlighting and the latest Lowrance look similar, at least when seen side by side in West Marine store.
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I had the same thought but got the same story at boatshow. I guess transatlantic sailors are a tiny proportion of sales. I would like to be wrong as I have a non-touch 10" Gen 2 Lowrance that I would like to change to 12" and retrofitting the new 12" Gen 2 will be easier than switching to Raymarine, although the non-touch Ray c127 is a lot cheaper and I don't need the touch facility. For me the new Ray screens score on improved
backlighting and the latest Lowrance look similar, at least when seen side by side in West Marine store.
Still doesn't come close to Garmin's ease of use though..some good deals to be had ATM because they will be updating nearly their entire product range over the course of next year. We just purchased an entire suite of electronics and a number of other small items from Cactus for well under the RRP of the MFD alone.
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Have to agree on ease of use but for me the screen is key. Garmin on my centre console boat in Florida is unusable in bright sun. I bought a Ray c97 for that and could read it in all conditions. Glad to hear Garmin are updating - it had to follow.
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