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Help me decide - Lowrance 337c df vs. Garmin 498

Old 10-01-2006, 07:07 PM
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Default Help me decide - Lowrance 337c df vs. Garmin 498

Looked at these units at Boaters World today, and need help deciding - they seem very similar. Lowrance is priced at $699 plus $99 for the map chip. Garmin is $979 inclusive as the chip is integral. Both have int antenna and ff. Guy at BW said the Garmin should drop by about $150 in Feb when the new models come out. Price, therefore, is equivalent. ;?

Also would like recommendations for other similar units
Old 10-01-2006, 10:55 PM
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Default Re: Help me decide - Lowrance 337c df vs. Garmin 498

The general concensus on Garmin is great GPS, lousy fishfinder. But the 3xx series Lowrance has some who like them, and some who seem to have trouble with them. The Raymarine's get complaints about water leakage. I don't know what the right answer is. It might be to buy a Humminbird.
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Default Re: Help me decide - Lowrance 337c df vs. Garmin 498

ddcrna, you can do a LOT better on price by buying online, have a look at BOE electronics or Tight Line Rods. I was on the fence with these as well but chose the garmin due to better overall features, tide, current, DSC mapping support...ect. The garmin sounder has a much faster scroll speed as well, helpful when running to the fishing grounds and marking live bottom and ledges. I do like the interpretation on the Lowrance better but the garmin has served me well so far.
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Default RE: Help me decide - Lowrance 337c df vs. Garmin 498

If you read the thread I posted You will see what I have been goin through with my 337. At this poin I'm trying to get lowrance to take this back at which point i would replace it with the garmin 498
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Default Re: Help me decide - Lowrance 337c df vs. Garmin 498

the 337 cdf had a probelm with the keypad , which lowrance has kept quiet , warranty job but it sucks that they keep selling them with the probelm .


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I choose the Garmin 498. As posted above BOE had really excellent prices on them. West Marine will price match online prices too if you want too buy it localy instead of mail order.

The Garmin works great. The user interface I found very easy to learn. Two or three trips and you have it all figured out. I really liked the idea of having all the charts built in out of the box. I've found the chrats to be dead on for my area too. I use the tide and current info all the time so that was really much more handy than I originaly thought it would be.

My fishing is around Tampa Bay and I've found the fish finder to work just fine for me. It does have problem where it will get hosed up if you take it in really shallow water (less than 2 or 3 feet) with the depth setting on auto. If you set it back to a fixed bottom depth when you get it over deeper water it will correct itself. I'm going try installing the updated firmware shortly to see if it corrects the problem.

The screen is very bright and easy to see even in bright light with polarized glasses on. I read that Garmin has issues with it screen coatings being fragile so I bought on of the screen protectors from http://www.navprotector.com/ Seemed like a cheap easy way to try and avoid any problems.
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bbrown1264 - 10/4/2006 8:17 AM

I choose the Garmin 498. As posted above BOE had really excellent prices on them. West Marine will price match online prices too if you want too buy it localy instead of mail order.

The Garmin works great. The user interface I found very easy to learn. Two or three trips and you have it all figured out. I really liked the idea of having all the charts built in out of the box. I've found the chrats to be dead on for my area too. I use the tide and current info all the time so that was really much more handy than I originaly thought it would be.

My fishing is around Tampa Bay and I've found the fish finder to work just fine for me. It does have problem where it will get hosed up if you take it in really shallow water (less than 2 or 3 feet) with the depth setting on auto. If you set it back to a fixed bottom depth when you get it over deeper water it will correct itself. I'm going try installing the updated firmware shortly to see if it corrects the problem.

The screen is very bright and easy to see even in bright light with polarized glasses on. I read that Garmin has issues with it screen coatings being fragile so I bought on of the screen protectors from http://www.navprotector.com/ Seemed like a cheap easy way to try and avoid any problems.
I also have a 498 and find it an excellent machine. It will not read in <3' of water, but resumes reading as soon as you go deeper. I have done all of the updating of the software. Great unit if you want a combo. I feared, at first, that I would miss having two boxes (one GPS, one fishfinder), but it works fine for me. I go to my number on the GPS (which also allows you to have a line active giving the depth, or to split the screen), throw the buoy, then switch to sounder only to look for the exact bottom feature I want. Having all of the navigation information preloaded is great.

EJ

EJ

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