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Old 03-17-2007, 12:52 AM
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I bought an offshore boat about a year ago and have spent the last year rigging it out. We have only been going about 15 to 30 miles out using GPS only. This year we are wanting to step out about 50 to 100 miles and are wanting to hear some good or bad stuff about the combos on the market now. Thanks ;?
Old 03-17-2007, 01:29 AM
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What exactly are you looking for?
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Raymarine C120 or C80 with Depth, GPS and Radar
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Everyone has their opinions on electronics. Take opinions under advisement and try them out. There's horror stories with all mfgs so don't focus on the negative.Not to many post what a great day they had with their electronics and everything worked perfect.

Regardless of your final choices, factor in redundant systems for safety. 50 plus offshore is no place for a bargain basement radio or antenna. Double up on your safety electronics, vhf, gps, buy a quality raft, EPIRB,radar and then a good combo unit for fishing.Tight lines
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What type of boat? That is a big swing from 50-100 miles.

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Had somthing like a HUMMINBIRD 797 OR 997 IN MIND.
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I HAVE A 24' SEA CHASER BY CAROLINA SCIFF, WITH A YAMAHA 300 ON IT (SINGLE) IT HOLDS 140 GALLONS OF FUEL AND GETS ABOUT 2 MILES PER GAL.
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spotsndots - 3/17/2007 12:12 PM // A bad day on the water is better then a good day at the office.

I HAVE A 24' SEA CHASER BY CAROLINA SCIFF, WITH A YAMAHA 300 ON IT (SINGLE) IT HOLDS 140 GALLONS OF FUEL AND GETS ABOUT 2 MILES PER GAL.
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When shopped for a new combo unit. First thing I did was to find out what screen size I wanted (and could fit), then searched for opinions on specific units.

See if you can fit an 8.4" or a 10.4" screen then find what's available to your liking. Almost all of them do the same thing, just in different ways. Some seem a bit more "user friendly" but again more personal preferrence.

In the past I was pretty reluctant going with a combo unit, always thought keeping them separate in case one of them goes down, I can still target my fishing location. But now, most are reliable. If you stay with units that are for single stations (rather than networking) you can find units at a pretty good price.
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I really like the Lowrances. They are fully upgradeable as each upgrade comes available. I have a LCX104c and a LCX113hd side by side. These are the 10.4 inch screens. This is a great set up. I bought an older Trophy and mounted these on the bottom of the radar box. I also have a radar and two radios in it. I was having trouble with them until I ran two #6 additional power wire and ground wires. These got rid of the power drop.
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What combo are you interested in? Certainly the Hummingbird 797 or 997 is not what I would choose. The side scan is good for maybe 65 feet--and the 2 D is fine for down to 1000 or so, with the proper transducer--but they are having problems with the latest Navionics chips. Subscribe to the Hummingbird SI group: There will find the srengths and weaknesses of these units.

Are you looking for Radar? Where are you boating? What max depth are you looking for? Do you want weather? I have the Lowrance combo GPS/DS, but separate radar and another GPS, will be adding a second DS.

I am not sure that I would consider a Sea Chaser 24 a boat I would go 100 miles offshore in. The reason is that it may well be calm with a fair prediction when you leave the dock--later in the day, it pipes up to 25 knots--or worse 40 knots--and you are in a world of hurt with that 24 footer with 100 miles of 6 to 8 footers to beat into. All of a suddern that 2 mpg in calm water becomes .6 mpg and you don't have enough fuel to get back...so please be cautious.
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I really like the Lowrances. They are fully upgradeable as each upgrade comes available. I have a LCX104c and a LCX113hd side by side. These are the 10.4 inch screens. This is a great set up. I bought an older Trophy and mounted these on the bottom of the radar box. I also have a radar and two radios in it. I was having trouble with them until I ran two #6 additional power wire and ground wires. These got rid of the power drop.

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