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Old 06 May 2013, 09:15   #1
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Garmin 750s Plotter hood

Hi, on a recent trip from Guernsey to Jersey I experienced a rather large shortcoming of having a touch screen plotter fitted to an open boat when there is a lot of spray flying around. The net effect was that soon as a lump of water fell on the screen it either zoomed in or out causing chaos (thank god for having a compass).

Does anyone know if there are any universal spray hoods available or a way of making the screen less touch sensitive?

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Hi, on a recent trip from Guernsey to Jersey I experienced a rather large shortcoming of having a touch screen plotter fitted to an open boat when there is a lot of spray flying around. The net effect was that soon as a lump of water fell on the screen it either zoomed in or out causing chaos (thank god for having a compass).

Does anyone know if there are any universal spray hoods available or a way of making the screen less touch sensitive?

Many thanks

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Press the physical power button and then an option to disable the screen should come up
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ok cool, will give it a try.
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ok cool, will give it a try.
Do you like the 750? Thinking of getting one.
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Not massively keen on the touch screen. When its bumpy its not great to use, buttons would be much better. I would have gone bigger on screen size as well because it can display so much data but it was already fitted to the 'new to me' boat when I bought it last December.

When its flat or in the harbour is great, but realisically it probably has the same shortcomings as most modern potters of this size; too much info and a menu system which upon first use is almost maze like.

I just need more practice using it!!!
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Not massively keen on the touch screen. When its bumpy its not great to use, buttons would be much better. I would have gone bigger on screen size as well because it can display so much data but it was already fitted to the 'new to me' boat when I bought it last December.

When its flat or in the harbour is great, but realisically it probably has the same shortcomings as most modern potters of this size; too much info and a menu system which upon first use is almost maze like.

I just need more practice using it!!!
Thanks. Interesting observations,which had made me reconsider.

Good value for money though the 750
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Not massively keen on the touch screen. When its bumpy its not great to use, buttons would be much better. I would have gone bigger on screen size as well because it can display so much data but it was already fitted to the 'new to me' boat when I bought it last December.

When its flat or in the harbour is great, but realisically it probably has the same shortcomings as most modern potters of this size; too much info and a menu system which upon first use is almost maze like.
Interesting thoughts. We're just fitting the bigger brother, a 7012. Martini has had a 5012 for a few years and says he's never had real issues with the touch screen on the move or thanks to spray. I have played with a few 750/20s, they are pretty compact. Will be interested to see if the few extra inches makes a difference.
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Good value for money though the 750
Fantastic value for money and only going to become more so over the next few months as they have been replaced by the 751.
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Yep very good value and the 750s has sonar as well. I have added Garmin AIS600 and VHF200i all conected using Garmin's NMEA2000 backbone. Would have added HD radar but I've got nowhere to put it!

Silverfox, like anything else, try it first before totally rethinking your choice.
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Will be interested to see if the few extra inches makes a difference.
Apparently a couple of inches makes all the difference

Ive got the 750s, very pleased with it so far. Touchscreen works well and have found the menu easy to navigate compared with a lot of others I've used.

When bouncing around touchscreen versus buttons I dont think theres much difference. Depends on what your trying to do.

Fitted the Garmin 100i and very pleased with the combination
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Thanks. Interesting observations,which had made me reconsider.

Good value for money though the 750
We've got the 4008 fitted on our rib, you're welcome to have a look next time we meet up
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