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Old 10-04-2020, 11:09 PM
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I know most HT members probably have elaborate electronic equipment but wondering if anyone has any recommendations for a small combo unit like in the 5” size. I was thinking about a Hummingbird Helix-5 Combo unit or Lowrance but hear conflicting reports on each. These units are under $350 to give you a price range. Thanks.
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They are all very similar in performance in that price range. The differences are in looks and menu operation. Some like the Garmin menu, others like Lowrance or Hbird. You may be able to stretch your money by buying a discontinued model, which I did a few years ago, a Garmin DV74 for $400 from WM. It was for navigation on an airboat, so I didn't need the sounder feature.
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I‘m using a Raymarine Dragonfly 5 pro. It’s quite slow with a large Navionics map installed but I also don’t have a reference. It can connect with your smartphone but I haven’t found that to be extremely useful yet.

If you have space I would get 7“ or as big as you can fit. In split view, map and spundet together is quite squeezed.

The dragonfly‘s GPS functions are quite basic but the fishfinder is quite good in my opinion and usually pretty good until 150m/500ft below that it loses bottom very easily.

I don’t hate the unit and it worked great the last two years, I’d just take something bigger and faster next time but that’s probably going to be very hard to find below $350
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Originally Posted by Tiger51 View Post
I know most HT members probably have elaborate electronic equipment but wondering if anyone has any recommendations for a small combo unit like in the 5” size. I was thinking about a Hummingbird Helix-5 Combo unit or Lowrance but hear conflicting reports on each. These units are under $350 to give you a price range. Thanks.
Getting in my world now. I never buy new, always buy used. Used was top of the line and worked 2 to 5 years ago, so why won't it work now??

I run the Elite 7s and a Hook2 7 so I can have side scan. I can run that side scan off the hook and the down scan off the Elite on different freq so I have a perfect big picture of each run nav on the other elite don't even have a cable to that. its all nav with the newest used chip off e bay. . Have about 700 in all three of those.
I remember a youtube video. Guy was sitting there all pumped up about his huge monitor saying he had 4 7" picture in that 4500 dollar unit. So do it. Just don't need that 4th screen. I use side scan more than I ever thought I would Once you figure out the dots its a very useful tool. See cobia swimming out beside the boat up to about 130 foot. Supppose to be 150 foot unit. Listen to this part. Give you a idea how useful side scan can be. I had a tuna tower on my boat. Sold it. on a normal boat your not going to see much more than 150 foot from that tower. That side scan does what that tower use to do. Paid 250 for that hook2.7. Amazing what you can do with a used unit ain't it. Paved the way for me to put a 4 foot open array radar on the boat so I can pick up birds 3 to 4 miles.
All from buying that one 250 dollar unit. USED>

If I had to buy one I'd go with something you have nav, side scan and down scan. I never run anything on the normal fish mode any more down scan has replaced that for me for the most part. 3 lorance on the ocean boat, two on the little 16 foot pan fish and one on the pontoon.
Live in the coolest Mo-better thing in 4 years we will be able to pick that up for 300 to 350 dollars. Know this is hard to believe but I had those old really old Garmin 3010s in the Fountain. Never bothered me I didn't have side scan down scan or Live back then. Rest my case.




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I have garmins and find them easy to use. Lowrance seems to be higher deal for structure and fish but I just don’t like the interface. Go play around with them at a big box store.
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Thanks for the comments.
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I've looked at them all. I recommend the garmin. You can still get a new 7" echomapplus for about that. They upgraded the transducer after a legal battle with Humminbird so you aren't missing out on too much.

73sv is inland lake based maps

74sv I believe has coastal based maps.

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Check your Pvt Msg.
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I have the Humminbird Helix 5 with side and down scan. I like it. I bought it to supplement my main unit, another Humminbird 987c side scanner. Both have been trouble free.

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I mounted the five inch Helix up top because the 987c is getting old and old things quit. When I replace it with a new unit I want to go a little bigger (maybe) for my main screen and then at that time, if there is room left, will also flush the Helix 5. I also need a new VHF so sort of waiting for that to all settle out. In the meantime, I like the Helix 5 up top, here is the mount I used:

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When mounting things to boats I usually make a pad. The pad has it's own fastener patter which I can duplicate going forward. If I replace a unit on the pad with something different, I do not need to drill more holes in my boat, just build a new pad using the same pattern and mount the new item to the fresh pad. There was a rebate on the Helix at the time we got it, had it now a couple of years.
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Great comments - thanks!
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I have the Helix 5 for about three years. Use it only for inshore fishing. Has been perfect for my use.
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+1 on the "buy used". Check Ebay, FB Marketplace, Craigslist, etc. and you'll find someone selling an almost new unit for quite a bit less. I just bought a Lowrance Elite 7 ti for under $300.00. It's touchscreen, but there's a new generation ti2 out now so the older ones sell for less. You'll spend that money on a 5" with less options etc.
If you're stuck on "new", I think it's a wash between the Helix 5 and Hook2-5. I've got the Garmin as my "back-up" and use the Elite 7 most of the time. Ocassionally I'll put the Garmin in GPS and leave the Lowrance in FF-mode because I picked up n HDi transducer with downscan.
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Originally Posted by Fishinado View Post
Check your Pvt Msg.
I replied to PM. What’s the model number on your unit - 410-200, 410-210 or 410-220? Thanks.

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