Marine Electronics Forum - GPS Fish Finder combo??

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03-28-2012, 03:42 AM
Old depth/fish finder has left me on the little boat .RIP. Not up on whats new as to GPS and fish finder for the smaller boats.
What is a good all around unit with maps already loaded, big screen and color for 400 to 800 dollars.
Looked at the Hummingbird 788ci but seen it had slot card holders. Kinda wanted to get away from the old style and into the preloaded map thing or do all to these have this so you can buy more info.. :rofl:....

03-28-2012, 09:28 AM
even if you get pre-loaded maps, you'll want a card slot to make softward upgrades possible, to store data on certain devices, etc.

Between garmin/lowrance/raymarine at your budget:

Garmin - still wins for best and easiest chartplotter, imho.
Lowrance - wins in the sonar dept overall quality, imho + only one that can get a side-scan black box added.
Raymarine - almost as good as each of the above in the thing they are best at.

I chose Lowrance (actually Simrad) since fishing was most important to me.

03-28-2012, 10:20 AM
Lowrance HDS-7 Gen 1 with Insight Maps is $899 at West Marine and there is a $200 rebate.

03-28-2012, 12:12 PM
What are your fishing conditions..that is what you need to tailor your sonar to.
How deep, and what do you fish for?

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