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    I just ordered a Kingfisher 2725 and need to decide on a GPS/Fishfinder electronics package in the next couple of weeks. I'll be going with Garmin for no reason other than I'm familiar with their products and they've served me well in the past. I'm trying to keep the costs under the "break out in a cold sweat" threshold so I'm leaning toward the GPSMAP 741xs paired to the GMR 18HD radar. Any thoughts on this system as compared to going all in with a 7000/8000 series chartplotter?

    Also, I want a second fishfinder for the aft helm (won't necessarily need radar or GPS). Any thoughts on an affordable way to do this?

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    I guess it depends on where your cold sweat threshhold is :-). You can get a 7212 for 3.5k on Amazon and put anything down to a 4210 at the aft helm. But you can't pair the 741 and a 4-8000 series in the same network sharing the same transducers. You say you don't need GPS in the rear but I wouldn't be so sure, you will find it helpful when drifting to not have to keep looking forward through the cabin. Depending on your budget... you could do two 4210's for nearly the cost of a 7212.... or a 4210 in the rear and some other combination up front. You'll be glad you did. It would be a pretty awesome setup. On the 18HD, great unit, but be careful of water intrusion. The gasket is prone to leak, I know of several folks getting terminal error codes only to find water inside, and I was one of them unfortunately, mine was at least partly due to storing and trailering with it upside down though. Cost me $500 to send my unit back to Garmin and have them send me a new one.

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    I know money is always tight...but it's hard to put a price on Safety....Especially if you have a second steering station....get a chartplotter for that....cause if your trolling or drifting, thats proably when your gonna hit a rock! Plus I know you just spent a big chunk of cash for a kingfisher, but spend a little more and get what you want....you won't regret it.
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    I just got a Kingfisher in June and put the 7212 in mine and love it. It is a little big but you can stand at the rear helm and see everything.

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    Don't know much about Furuno's UI. Quality products I'm sure based on their popularity with the commercial fleet. But as a recreational guy, I use my ipad and even my iphone with my garmin setup. $40 invested in garmin bluecharts for your phone or tablet and you have another device with the same information as the chartplotter to use as either backup or to share / edit waypoints, routes, tracks, etc from. You can plan, add and edit way points on your ipad for example and easily transfer that information to your garmin chartplotter, and vice versa. Might be able to do that with Furuno too, but I know Garmin makes it easy on us techie recreational guys.

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    Wow, thanks everyone. You've given me a couple of angles I hadn't thought of. I have another couple of weeks to figure it out, but now I'm leaning back toward the 7212. If I can see it well enough from the aft station I'll probably forego the aft GPS/Sounder until the piggy bank is a bit more flush. Will definitely try the iPhone/iPad angle.

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    As long as you do the Garmin network thing you can pickup a second network capable unit on ebay and mount it out back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by healerf18 View Post
    Wow, thanks everyone. You've given me a couple of angles I hadn't thought of. I have another couple of weeks to figure it out, but now I'm leaning back toward the 7212. If I can see it well enough from the aft station I'll probably forego the aft GPS/Sounder until the piggy bank is a bit more flush. Will definitely try the iPhone/iPad angle.
    Just found an incredible deal online. Wild Blue Sports... New 7212 for $3135.... also enter coupon code 10PERCENT and see what happens. Might surprise you. Oh and free shipping, even to AK. :-) Happy shopping.

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    I'm with you, in that I'm familiar with Garmin so that's what I stuck with. My boat is still being built, but I went with a 6212. I like buttons as opposed to touch screen, so it was a logical choice. I'm not going with a second unit at the aft helm because I've looked at 12" screens from the back of my model boat and I could see enough to feel safe steering from back there and looking at the main GPS unit.
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    I put the Garmin 740s in my Kingfisher four years ago. It has never lost track of the GPS satellite. It has amazing built in maps. It doesn't lose bottom unless I am on full plane and I am in over 600' of water. And it is easy to use. The price on these units have really gone down since I bought mine. You do get a lot with the 740s.

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    Hey Kay9Cop, thanks for the info. Congrat's on buying a new boat. What did you order?

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    potpuller - GREAT info. Thanks so much!

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    idakfisher - the more I look at the 740s, the more I like it. I'm trying to wring out a few more pennies from my bank account to see if I can maybe do a 7212 up from and a 740s in the stern. Hoo boy, would that be a nice set up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by healerf18 View Post
    potpuller - GREAT info. Thanks so much!
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    Quote Originally Posted by healerf18 View Post
    idakfisher - the more I look at the 740s, the more I like it. I'm trying to wring out a few more pennies from my bank account to see if I can maybe do a 7212 up from and a 740s in the stern. Hoo boy, would that be a nice set up!
    My understanding is that will not work. They would need their own separate transducers, etc. In order to be networked together the front and aft units must be in the same family. So anything 4000+ can be networked together and share all of the networked devices. But I was told that I could not network in a 740 without duplicating transducers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lakeside View Post
    My understanding is that will not work. They would need their own separate transducers, etc. In order to be networked together the front and aft units must be in the same family. So anything 4000+ can be networked together and share all of the networked devices. But I was told that I could not network in a 740 without duplicating transducers.
    You can network in the 3xxx family as well. I have a 3206 with a network port. Look on ebay for an old used plotter for the rear station.

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    While I love my 740s it's a great unit. But it does not have video in/out. And I don't think you can network it with other units.
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    OK, I'm a beginner there with the boat GPS. Friend who is a lodge owner in PWS swears by the Garmin 740, so what is a Garmin GPSMAP 740s GPS/Sounder Bluechart G2 Vision Bundle? I'm assuming it means I don't have to order maps for the Juneau area, but I don't know. Also is the Airmar P66 Transducer a good transduce for the Raider 2284 Cuddy? Boat arrive sometime is November or December so I'll be out in the yard installing the transducer, radio, antennas, anchor line, chain, anchor, bumpers, etc.

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