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Humminbird 997C vs. Garmin 4208

Old 05-21-2008, 03:04 AM
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Default Humminbird 997C vs. Garmin 4208

Looking for a larger screen combo unit to use on my 20ft. boat. Can anyone offer opinions on the a comparision between the Humminbird combo unit vs. the Garmin 4208 with a sounder? THanks in advance.
Old 05-21-2008, 03:13 PM
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Default Re: Humminbird 997C vs. Garmin 4208

You will need to buy the $440 Navionics Platinum cartridge to get the level of charting that comes built in to the Garmin, but I think that side scanning sonar looks pretty sexy, at least on the internet! Maybe Garmin will buy Humminbird too!
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Yes - I like the side scan - does any else have any input - I really like both units - but the $440 chip thing is a bummer.
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Default Re: Humminbird 997C vs. Garmin 4208

you have to buy a chip for the garman too thats 300.00 the 997 come loaded with silver and gold, all's u need is the platinum that's 300.00 garman only takes garman chips.. 997 u can use navionics, the side scan is is nice, i bought the 997c si.. i like it but it has some issues one thing is if u run high speeds u get a lot o clutters on the screen, i called humminbird they said to buy another transducer to shoot through hull and a y cable $55 for transducer and $25 for cable. the garman screen is bigger 8x8 the 997 is 8 x6 i like the bigger screen but i wanted the side scan... if your looking to find for structer in shallow water side scan the way to go.if not go with the garman. or u can buy the new 1100series bird thats big screen 10x10 and spend 3000.00 +
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Default Re: Humminbird 997C vs. Garmin 4208

also if your thinking about adding radar you can't do it with himmimbird, check out west marine they have both units and u can deal with them on price
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Default Re: Humminbird 997C vs. Garmin 4208

Actually the Garmin come loaded with the software the only additional cost is adding the G2 Blue Vision card for some sat. and over head views. It is a 21ft. boat - so I would almost always be looking for structure below 300ft. depth in water. I am very confused on which way to go - hgjig - how do you like the GPS functionality of the Humminbird?

Also - what do you get foing from the gold to the platinum GPS charts on the bird?

Finally does anyone know who is the best retailer of this stuff in Jacksonville, fl - someone I can go talk to? Thanks!
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Default Re: Humminbird 997C vs. Garmin 4208

No additional comments here? Can anyone further compare the 2 brands and the advantages and disadvantages of each? Thanks
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Default Re: Humminbird 997C vs. Garmin 4208

Both units are plotter/sounders, but that's where the similarity ends. The Humminbird has side scan , so if your primary use is in water less than 100 feet deep, it is the way to go. I've owned (and do own) Humminbird sidescans, including the 997. I currently have the bigger unit, which will work in about 140 feet of water. But side scan is really the only thing the Humminbird does better than the Garmin. The Garmin is just a better plotter, with more resolution and features in it.

To me, the choice comes down to this: Is side scan more important than deeper sounding and plotting? If so, buy the humminbird. If better plotting and depth is the key, buy the Garmin. I solved the problem by buying both. For what it is worth, the G2 card makes the Navionics plotting look bad.

Here's how is made my decision. I bought both:
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Default Re: Humminbird 997C vs. Garmin 4208

Kerno - thanks for the info - cool set up you have there. I noticed the difference in readings in depth and temp between the two units. I will do most of my fishing is shallow water - 150 ft or less and will just use GPS - how ever I really like the expandability of the Garmin. Decisions decisions - I just am not sure what to get. Thanks again.
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Default Re: Humminbird 997C vs. Garmin 4208

Will the side scan really show a wreck on the bottom - and how would that look on the Garmin?
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Default Re: Humminbird 997C vs. Garmin 4208

On a normal FF, if you pass over the wreck (the echo cone gets larger as depth increases) you can see it. However, there is no distinction from other bottom structure other than color variation. But after a short time of use you can get good at it.
Kerno probably has different bottom/temp readings because of the different xducers and their placement location for each unit.

Kerno: Do you only have the side imaging xducer on the 1197? (Oterwise I would imagine you would face interference issues with dual xducers using the same Freq. on the same boat)

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