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Old 01-30-2010, 10:20 AM
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Hi I am looking to upgrade my electronics. I wanted to run separate FF and GPS but space is limited. Please point me in the right direction. I like Garmin but heart the Fish Finder was not that great. Furuno has great Fish Finder but ok GPS. Am I correct in my assumptions?

My boat is a 22 ft Shamrock Inboard. I fish for stirpers and Tuna out to about 25-30 miles on the Bank.

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Old 01-30-2010, 11:49 AM
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Garmin is coming out with a GPS/FF 7" touchscreen combo that looks pretty slick. It's well within you budget, too.
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Well you know there's more than just garmin and furuno. Look, seriously, at the HDS-10. The broadband sounder is fantastic, and you can add a structure-scan transducer to it for almost camera-like images of what is below. The GPS (internal is included in the unit) works through hardtops and electronics boxes, and you can add an external. It will automatically choose the one with best accuracy, so if one should fail, you have a redundant system without missing a beat.

You can network the HDS units together, add radar, etc. I put an HDS-8 & HDS-10 on my boat last year, to replaced Furuno Navnet GPS/CP/radar, and an earlier FF, and they are really nice.
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Originally Posted by Old Glory View Post
Hi I am looking to upgrade my electronics. I wanted to run separate FF and GPS but space is limited. Please point me in the right direction. I like Garmin but heart the Fish Finder was not that great. Furuno has great Fish Finder but ok GPS. Am I correct in my assumptions?

My boat is a 22 ft Shamrock Inboard. I fish for stirpers and Tuna out to about 25-30 miles on the Bank.

Thanks in advance!

I would stay a long way away from lowrance HDS7 I bought one 2 months ago and headed to Mexico. Bought the Navionics SD chip may. Will not read it. Screed states that "in early 2010 software will be avalible for this" Called the company and was told to download the latest updates should fix the problem. Nope! did not. Call Lowrance again and they acted suprised and told me the updated should have fix that problem. Yhat tells me they knew when they released the units they would not take the SD chip. Borders on criminal. Now I am told to Fedx it back. $225. each way from mexico and it might get stolen in customs. Peice of Junk. Humming bird has one out with 8" screen everything for 958c for $1,000. Good Luck
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Seems to be some incompatability between the HDS software and your chart. You are the only one I have seen reporting this issue so I guess the problem is limited to Mexican charts.

I have a HDS-5 on mye current boat (+ Furuno FCV-620 and Raymarine E80) I will rig one additional boat this spring which will only get a HDS-8. I'm very happy with my HDS unit. There are very few issues reported for HDS compared to the large number of units they have sold in a short time.
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Old 01-30-2010, 07:10 PM
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Raymarine A70D- about 1500 bux and a great FF as well as built in charts and GPS receiver. Waterproof and easy to use. Be sure to look at all tje different units before you spend your hard earned bux.
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only 2 companys that have a good product for hard contineous use, Furuno and Raymarine....the others are sub par. go down to the docks and look at the charter fleet and private sportfishing boats. They all have lots of money and can buy any, and these are the two they chose, must be for somthing.

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Old 01-31-2010, 07:24 AM
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Second the HDS Lowrance Hands down.
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If you want a unit to add radar to in the future, consider the c 90 wide. It will be an excellent CP and the same easy to use technology that the A70 does. The big difference is that you can add a radar dome at any time if you wish and have radar as well. If you run 30 miles off, you may want to consider that option. Otherwise, the c90 or A70 will do the job and allow you to add weather and Sirius radio as well as AIS if you wnt to do so. A 2 yr warrantee comes with both units.
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It would be close at boat show prices. Actually, he would need the c90 wide, a dsm 30, and a 600 watt transducer to do the job he is attempting. I believe that the 600 watt would be fine in the water depths he is talking about. It would be close to the $2500 price, or slightly over depending on the transducer selected. It would give him the option of adding radar in the future and a larger screen size. I do believe that the A 70 would be the ticket if he did not want radar ever.
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Look at the Furuno GP7000F combo GPS/Plotter/Sounder. Withing your budget and top notch equipment too.
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GP7000F is old plotter technology together with previous generation sonar technology coupled with a low resolutions screen. It's a reliable and proven unit, but that's probably the only positive quality compared to modern units.
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TCM,
It is my thought that , in this case, the member is running a 22 ft boat and the greatest water depth would probably be 400 feet or less. In addiition, most of his fishing would be in much shallower water than that. On my charter boat, I ran a 600watt unit for 4 years and it worked great out to say 40 fathoms. I really believe that many guys spend a load of money on 1kw transducers when they truly don't spend enough time in the real deep to need the extra punch. I do agree that the larger screen would be a great asset however. That setup would be the nuts, I would think, but as I said, the A 70d would do the job also. Bothe units can add Sirius radio and weather, have built in GPS receivers, and can also do AIS as well as use the platinum charts if he decided that he needed more detail than the built in charts have. I used the C wide all last year and it is a hell of a unit. I have alos run the A70d and the major difference I see is screen size.
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Wow thanks for all the responses. The depth of water up to and just off the bank is up to 600 ft deep. The bank itself is 90-200. Inshore depth are what they are. I am looking for a quality unit that is user friendly. Will look into the Lowrance and Raymarine mentioned. Surprised there were no comments on Garmin
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I have installed everything except the Furuno system. But if you wanted the latest technology, the furuno stuff is WAY past $2500.

HDS- buggy software, inexpensive. Horrible customer service. Christ people, If the guy who posted the question doesn't know that, he's living on Mars! I'm sorry, too many issues--long term woes. Lowrance changes their stuff every two years. Is that what you want?

If a guy wants patented no BS awesome FF technology, Ray all the way. I have yet to hear anyone that says their Raymarine FF didn't find fish! Their plotter with Navionics is preloaded and the so far all their new systems have been bullet-proof. (I still meet people with 10 year-old Raymarine systems that are going strong) Say what you want about garmin. But again, if the oroiginal poster doesn't know by now that the Garmin FF have "issues", he's definetly in the dark! How many updates are they going to do to get it right?

I personally would do the 9" C Wide, DSM30, and stick with the transom mounted transducer. I could do 43mph in a river and hold bottom in 100' of water. In the ocean and a 3-4' chop hold 400'- for two hours each way!

Good luck in your decision.

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Get the most powerful transducer you can afford. Get the biggest screen you can afford and fit. No one ever complains that the screen is TOO BIG.
Do not shy away from quality used units or remanufactured.

A few years ago, I had a pretty tight budget for a FF/GPS combo. Ended up with the Standard Horizon unit (CP1000). Worked great, great price and very user friendly. Only thing I should have done was gotten the tilted flushmount transducer- for a quick and clean install.
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Originally Posted by abbor View Post
GP7000F is old plotter technology together with previous generation sonar technology coupled with a low resolutions screen. It's a reliable and proven unit, but that's probably the only positive quality compared to modern units.
Just curious as to what specifically makes the GP7000 plotter "old technology"?
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Go to a electronics shop or boat fair and play with the new units from Garmin and Lowrance and compare with GP7000 and you will understand
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FYI - I "play" with lots of electronics all the time. That's why I wanted you to explain yourself. Sounded like a statement of fact instead of preference.
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