2022 257 Fisherman Dash Electronic Installs

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Finally, we are getting our first Grady. We will be taking delivery of a new 2022 Grady 257 Fisherman and are stoked to say the least. We will be outfitting our dash with new electronics and I'm curious of what some of you have done with the newer 257's? We likely will land with a combination from Garmin including a chartplotter (or 2), radar, VHF/AIS. Our use will be a mix of inshore fishing, offshore trolling and chunking, and then hanging out on the sand bar with the family. Please share thoughts on what you'd suggest and if you have some pictures, they wuld be appreciated as well!
 

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I don't have a 257 but I have rerigged my 265 with Garmin. Do the same kind of fishing in NJ.
The 257 has a lot of room for big screens. IMO one big screen (12" +) is better than two smaller screens. You have the ability to split screen but also can view a chart Full screen when you need to. The 8600 series is top of line but the 1243xsv is nice for the price. I have one and I really like it.

The Yamaha CL7 screen is actually a Garmin 7400. You can also use Garmin MFDs to display the engine data/gauges. If you do opt for two MFDs you might be able to save by not getting the CL7. However, IMO its nice to have dedicated engine screen rather than doubling as sonar or radar.

Sonar. You need to decide on thruhull vs transom mount. You are going to want to utilize the sidevu sonar. I switched from transom to thru-hull on the centerline and its a great improvement. GT51M-TH transducer is what you want for the fishing you described.

The Fantom radars just got updated to 50W , so the 40W versions are discounted (while the supply lasts). The 18" radome is good enough. The 24" will give better target separation and marginally better range. The older xHD radars are discounted too. Depends on your budget. IMO if you have a brand new boat, get a Fantom model. I have a 40W 24" Fantom and I really like the motion scope feature and the MARPA tracking.

GET AUTOPILOT. You cannot live without it. Period.
Garmin Reactor 40 with smart pump . The garmin MFDs will operate the autopilot but I opted for a GHC20 as a dedicated AP control/screen.

Gee, this is fun fitting out a new boat....:p
 
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Thanks for the great perspectives, Skunk! I'll be meeting with Martek for the install and see what they have available at the time. The Grady dealership said I could install 2 10" monitors, but I am thinking that a large 12" might be a nice option??? I just want to know and have insights prior to meeting with Martek. In the past the boats I've been on with autopilot, most had Simrads. I wasn't really thrilled with how they operated.....could've also been the operators? ;) Thanks again! Rob
 

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skunk, it reminds me of when my friend asked me to help him with is purchase of his 23 Wellcraft center console. Can't remember ever have more fun spending large chunks of money! :)