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Old 12-03-2019, 02:07 PM
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I mainly ride around river and shoreline near Stratford CT. Boat is Hydrasport 212 WA so there isn't much dash space. Sometimes we trailer up to Newport RI or may go elsewhwere in the northeast (Cape, NJ Shore, etc).

Looking at the raymarine dragonfly 7 pro c-map. It's around the $500 price point. Has two flavors of CHIRP for scanning the bottom and fishfinding. I don't ever fish but once in a while will take a friend who does.

So:

Form factor is a plus
Good charting is important
Great screen in small size is needed
bottom scan would be really good (I also dive)
fish finding would be good (so my fishermen friends dont laugh at me).
wifish is not really needed.

Anyone have an opinion +/- on the dragonfly 7 pro or have a great substitute at a similar price?

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Old 12-03-2019, 05:14 PM
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I have one on my 13' Whaler (Navionics).....
I just finished my 3rd season with no issues and love it. Shows the bottom with great detail. It's not that small when mounted so check your measurements.
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Thanks. I do need to see one in person. This will replace a failing hummingbird or lowrance elite 5 ( I can t recall brand ). Never seemed that good of a fish finder at all.

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So it looks like the dragonfly series is no longer available.

I'm seeing

Garmin ECHOMAP Plus 74sv with BlueChart G3 and Transducer

For under $500. Looks ok but there is another Garmin model 74cv that is same unit with different transducer. For $300 more!


Anyone have input on the garmins and which transducer? Or another better unit in the around-$500-range?


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Old 01-30-2020, 10:53 AM
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Try this one
https://www.thegpsstore.com/Garmin-E...cer-P5889.aspx
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Thanks - I don't have room for a 9" display. It's at the helm of a HydraSports 212 WA. Very little real estate to mount anything.

Should have put that in the original post - 7" display preferred.

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Originally Posted by ktisdall View Post
Thanks - I don't have room for a 9" display. It's at the helm of a HydraSports 212 WA. Very little real estate to mount anything.

Should have put that in the original post - 7" display preferred.

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To easy! https://www.thegpsstore.com/Garmin-E...cer-P5888.aspx
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That one has the GT23 transducer. The same model with the GT51 transducer runs $770.00.
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Right. And that is exactly what my question was about in post #4.

Why is the more expensive one better? What does it do that is different. Also looking for any direct experience with these units - like you have on eon your boat.

I don't care about fish as much as seeing the bottom structure clearly. Salt water, 10-150ft.

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Old 01-30-2020, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by ktisdall View Post
So it looks like the dragonfly series is no longer available.
Huh? Raymarine continues to sell Dragonfly fishfinders: The Dragonfly Product Range | Dragonfly
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Originally Posted by ktisdall View Post
Right. And that is exactly what my question was about in post #4.

Why is the more expensive one better? What does it do that is different. Also looking for any direct experience with these units - like you have on eon your boat.

I don't care about fish as much as seeing the bottom structure clearly. Salt water, 10-150ft.

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I fish in saltwater here also in Georgia, and the GT51 from what I understand is an all around better transducer for saltwater and seeing everything including structure. Hopefully one of the pros will chime in!
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Originally Posted by Drako View Post
Huh? Raymarine continues to sell Dragonfly fishfinders: The Dragonfly Product Range | Dragonfly

Show me a web site / sales outlet with current inventory of the dragonfly 7 pro.

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Old 02-03-2020, 09:41 AM
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Hm, interesting. Did Flir kill the Dragonfly line? It might have been replaced by the Raymarine Element HV units. The 7" is about $650 list.
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I would think so. I just bought a Element recently..Need some good Weather to put it thru its paces! Says the Dragonfly is Retired!

http://www.raymarine.com/dragonfly.html

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Originally Posted by Drako View Post
Huh? Raymarine continues to sell Dragonfly fishfinders: The Dragonfly Product Range | Dragonfly
You need to scroll down and read the whole thing.
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I did. The web page says there are "Retired/Legacy" products, e.g. Dragonfly 4 and 5, and then there are also "Available Dragonfly Products", e.g. 7 Pro.
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...Which brings us back to: Are there any first-hand opinions of the:

Garmin ECHOMAP Plus 74sv with BlueChart G3 and Transducer

???

Is the CV version with the better transducer worth the extra $300?

Any in-person experience?

Any strong recommendations in that under-$600 and REALLY under $800 range.

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Originally Posted by Drako View Post
I did. The web page says there are "Retired/Legacy" products, e.g. Dragonfly 4 and 5, and then there are also "Available Dragonfly Products", e.g. 7 Pro.
Er,Ah, I meant I needed to read it all. LOL..
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All set. After talking with Raymarine support (My Axiom 9 is in for a problem) I got onto the Element 7 HV Combo with HV-100 transducer and Navionics+ charts for US/Canada. Right in the price range and seems like it has good features. Others on here are starting to use them and post positive reviews.

Thanks all.

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Originally Posted by ktisdall View Post
All set. After talking with Raymarine support (My Axiom 9 is in for a problem) I got onto the Element 7 HV Combo with HV-100 transducer and Navionics+ charts for US/Canada. Right in the price range and seems like it has good features. Others on here are starting to use them and post positive reviews.

Thanks all.

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