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Garmin 545S vs new Hummingbird 788ci

Old 07-03-2009, 02:53 PM
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Default Garmin 545S vs new Hummingbird 788ci

Ok all you gps, sounder experts I would like your opinion. I have been thinking of buying a Garmin545s but now I see Hummingbird has come out with the 788ci with Navitronics bundle. The Hummingbird has a higher resolution and seems to have more features. Prices even seem lower for the Hummingbird unless you buy a reconditioned Garmin. I want to use the units in Charlotte Harbor, FL for 45 days March and April then rest of the time fishing Green Bay WI or WI inland lakes in WI.

Most important features for me are GPS aspect not highly sensitive sounder as I will mainly fish shallow water in both areas. Map accuracy,tide charts, east to use are more important than the absolute best sounder.

I appreciate your input.
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I have heard the hummingbird is not good past 150 foot depth, might not matter to you
Old 07-04-2009, 05:08 PM
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Originally Posted by mojoe View Post
I have heard the hummingbird is not good past 150 foot depth, might not matter to you
I wonder who you heard that from?

My experience is that my old humminbird 400TX worked fine to 600', just like the manual and specs say.

My Matrix 37 works fine to around 1000'. Manual and spec's say it should be good to 1500', but I've never had it that deep. I have been in around 1000' and it seemed to work fine at that depth.

The H-bird 788 spec's say good to 1500'. Humminbird sonar is preferred by the inshore and bass fishing crowd. Big market presence there. I have a garmin chartplotter, and like it very much. Don't have any experience with H-bird chartplotter or gps.
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