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Old 05-12-2007, 01:33 PM   #1
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Default What GPS/Sounder should I buy?

Finally I have my new boat and I am trying to decide what GPS/depth finder combo I should put in it? mainly for in shore and offshore reef fishing. What would you recommend? Also looking for a VHF, what is everyone using or what should I look for or look away from? Thanks for any help. David
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The very best you can afford. I have Raymarine stuff had no problems.
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For the GPS / fish finder you just have to set your budget, and try to stick to it. Remember to add extra money for electronic charts. The "base map" included with chart plotters do not have very much detail.

For a VHF, I like the Standard Quest-X. This radio has class D DSC. What this means is that it has a separate receiver just for DSC calls. The radio is tuned into channel 70 all the time, regardless of what the display says. Boatfix.com has this radio for $120, but you may find a better price if you look around.

Another option for a VHF is a remote mount unit. I am thinking about one of these for my new boat. The radio itself is an ugly black box that you can mount anywhere. You control the radio from the hand mic. So all you have on the helm is the hand mic. The ugly box is mounted out of sight and out of the way.

There are many many many options available to you. The market seems to like making boat electronics
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For a dual unit look into the Garmin 500 series combos like the 545s. Very nice unit that works very well and bright display in sunlight. As for vhf, I like the Icom units as they are built like tanks. Go with a Digital Antenna 8' if you have room. Very well made antenna.
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For a dual unit look into the Garmin 500 series combos like the 545s. Very nice unit that works very well and bright display in sunlight..........
Been thinking about that very same unit, but since most of my fishing is inshore, would I not need additional charts in greater detail for another +200 bucks on top of the 700 bucks for the unit ? Been using a hand held Garmin but my eyesight isn't what it used to be .... too many candles on the cake disease.

Plus I am really confused as to the 545 unit's functionality (as in too much given my style & range of fishing). I fish almost exclusively inshore within a 50 mile north/south range on the IRL here on the east coast of Florida.

Don't mean to high jack this thread but I think some input from those having a 545 might prove helpful to both trkyhtr and I.
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Go with a NORTHSTAR EXPLORER and save some money!
http://www.myelectronicshome.com/mar...rnal-6679.html
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is the northstar explorer series waas enabled?
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Old 05-14-2007, 12:03 AM   #8
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Been thinking about that very same unit, but since most of my fishing is inshore, would I not need additional charts in greater detail for another +200 bucks on top of the 700 bucks for the unit ?
I believe the 545S with a ducer is more like $1200 than $700.
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Garmin 498 for about $525 for the GPS. For the VHF, the S/H Quest-X is a deal at $120...or spend a little more and get the ICOM 422.

The ICOM 304 is a good radio, but it will not send DSC position requests back to the GPS to be plotted on the screen. If this is important to you (it was to me), then spend the additional $35 or so.

Whatever you do, don't skimp on the antenna....
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I'm not sure if the Northstar Explorer 650 series is WAAS enabled or not.
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Look at the Lowrance 52x series. It uses the same transducer as the x125. Of all my friends with boats, my x125 would read better in shallow water.
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