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Old 05-29-2007, 01:47 PM
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Has anyone added a GPS reciever to a Matrix 27 Fishfinder? Is it worth the $100 it costs for the receiver?
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It can be if you want to add waypoints and track yourself. It's not a chartplotter, just a track plotter.
Old 05-29-2007, 04:12 PM
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Thanks. Do you have one? I just want something to get me back to where I started if I get disoriented in the river.
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I don't have a Matrix 27, but I do use a track plotter for just what you said - to find my way back. I actually use a hand held for that job, since I bought it to use in the woods for hunting and stuff like that. I use it on my boat just so I can report a lat/long if I have to, but I really don't need a chartplotter for the near-shore boating I do. No need for a chart plotter when you're in familiar waters. It's also a good learning experience if you ever move up to a chart plotter.
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I had my chart plotter hooked up to my Matrix 17. The cable to connect a hand held GPS to a Humminbird fish finder is a lot less than the cost of the GPS receiver. I got the "bare wire" or "universal" cable for $20 or so at Bass Pro. Then I just wired it to the chart plotter pigtail. No problem. If you have a handheld, just get the wire kit for the brand of GPS you have and it will plug right in.

The advantage to this is that the fish finder screen is a lot larger and easier to see when the boat is under way. Also you can set up the fish finder display to tell you speed, heading, and so on. I would have my chart plotter just showing me the chart with no other data on it, except maybe the track. The fish finder would display everything else (speed, etc). This way no one screen was cluttered with too much info.

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