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Old 12-15-2008, 10:47 AM
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Looking to replace/gradually add to my old electronics on my 21' Seacraft fishing the salty passages around RI. Been fasinated with the SI technology and am considering the Hummingbird 997 Combo to start replacing my old electonics. Primarily a bass fishermen in 60' of water or less, I thought this may be the right way to go. Any input would be appreciated.
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Old 12-15-2008, 02:36 PM
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I like the side imaging units too. I was actually looking at the 797 for my boat, as it is about $500 - $600 less and I already have the 737. The 797 would plug right into the mount I have for the 737 - just run the new transducer and I would be good to go. Also I would have a second stand alone GPS plotter in the event the primary one has a problem.

The 737 I have has the poor mans side imaging. Really just a standard sonar that looks out and to the sides with two 455khz beams that gives you a 2D view. It marks fish however, so I guess it works.

The real side imaging is really cool looking. There is nothing else like it on the market - without spending tens of thousands for a tow behind side image sonar used by research vessels and others with deep pockets.

I think you will be happy. Humminbird claims the side imaging works in up to 150 feet. It may very well work at the maximum depth, but you will have to be anchored or drifting slowly. But even so, cut their claims in half and you have 75 feet - less than your 60 feet. So I think that even at your 60 feet the performance will be good.

The shallower you get the faster you can run and still get the side image. But no matter what, you can turn off the side beams, or go to a view that ignores the side beams, and have a standard dual beam fish finder. Then when you are going slow looking for structure - kick the side beam view back on.
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Old 12-15-2008, 02:50 PM
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I have the 2006 987 SI model. Basically the same as yours with a few changes in the last 2 years. This guy makes a living using these units and he's very successful. The link i am going to post has pics of side imaging from 2006 when he owned my boat using the 987. Also 2007 when he had the 997 and 2008 when he had the 1197. Enjoy!!

http://www.fishingct.com/huminbird_s...creenshots.htm
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Old 12-15-2008, 04:34 PM
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Can you get SI sonar without the GPS?
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Old 12-15-2008, 05:10 PM
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I am not sure. I know you can buy it without the SI but i am not sure if you can buy it without the GPS antenna!!
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Old 12-15-2008, 07:17 PM
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I think all the SI units have a GPS. You do not have to use the GPS however. If the GPS is internal and I had a unit with the included Navionics charts I would use it as a second GPS however. Why not. Keep all my fishing waypoints on the fish finder.
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Old 12-16-2008, 10:58 AM
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You'll be in good shape using it to 60 feet. The SI only works up to about 5MPH, but the 2D I get bottom lock at WOT of 45MPH. This unit can be extremely hard to get to read correctly on some hull designs. I have the 997, and the claims to 150' aren't exactly valid. If they made it so you could null out the water column, and only see bottom, it would work to 150'. The way it is now, you look at entirely too much water column, the deeper you go. It truly is a great unit for shallow water fisherman, because you can see something in SI, cursor to it, mark it with the GPS/Plotter, and then navigate to it and use the 2D sonar to get dead on the mark. If you get the unit, use the GPS so you can get the most benefit out of it. Oh, buy the way, the 2D sonar is awesome. There are a couple of forums specifically for side imagining, just do a google search for Hummingbird SI forums and they should pop up, if not give me a shout and I'll give you the web addresses.
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Old 12-16-2008, 01:07 PM
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There are people on this site that find wrecks with seccess deeper than 60'. I only use it in the shallows so i dont know how to do that but i beleive there is a sensitivity adjustment which will help. I know reducing the left to right distance helps with deeper water.Search this forum.
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Old 12-24-2008, 02:36 PM
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I've used the 997 and love it. I went to the bigger one and find that the larger display helps, but I found a bunch of reef and wrecks with my 997. The only negative is the need for a transom mount ducer. They do make a thru hull. but it sticks down pretty far.
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