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Old 09-18-2011, 07:00 AM
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Purchased a used Pioneer 175 Baysport....gonna need to upgrade the GPS/FF unit. Looking for color and would like the biggest screen I can afford....budget of <$500-600.

Would also consider used if someone has one laying around or are upgrading.

WIll be used in inland lakes/coastal rivers harbors etc.
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:21 AM
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Lowrance Elite - 5 (better FF) or the Garmin 541s (better GPS). Both are in your price range.....
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Old 09-18-2011, 11:45 AM
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The Raymarine A57D is normally a $1100. combo unit but now with the $450. mail in rebate it brings the cost down to $685. with preloaded charts, transducer included.



http://www.thehulltruth.com/parts-fo...0-rebates.html
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Old 09-18-2011, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Parthery View Post
Lowrance Elite - 5 (better FF) or the Garmin 541s (better GPS). Both are in your price range.....
Definitely the Lowrance.
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Old 09-19-2011, 02:55 PM
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Love my Lowrance Elite 5....trying to decide if I want a second one or a more expensive HD one to add to it.
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Have researched recommeded units..Garmin 421/431 seems like a very small screen and the 545 seems nic but seems to have some GPS accuracy issues.

Raymarine is alittle out of my range price wise...Looking at Lowrance today if I get a chance.

Basically looking for 5inch or bigger screen / color / and preferrably pre loaded maps. Just hate to drop 600-800 on electronics on a 8k boat....but it is important.

No one has any upgrade leftovers????
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:56 AM
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Cabelas has reconditioned hds units:
http://www.cabelas.com/product/Home/...3Bcat104707080
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Looks like based on budget...my options are Garmin 421/431s or Garmin 545s or Lowrance HDs-5 / or Raymarine A57D
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by TheBandit View Post
Looks like based on budget...my options are Garmin 421/431s or Garmin 545s or Lowrance HDs-5 / or Raymarine A57D
Rebate for the A57/A70 is through November. Another option is to await the Raymarine E7 to hit the market (scheduled to hit distributors around first week in October) and shortly thereafter you'll likely see an even further drop in Ray A-series prices. Can't bet on it, but the E7 is that good of a unit and it wouldn’t be out of the question for Ray to phase out some of the A-Series units. Usually big rebates are a sign of change. About a year and a half ago you could get an A65 for $399 on closeout.
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Old 09-20-2011, 06:24 PM
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any reviews on the ray a57? i want to replace my old raytheon s90 plotter and radar and raymarine ds500 bottom machine with one new unit but the price jump is just crazy. im willing to just get a new plotter and depth combo but i cant seem to find one that i like. any suggestions?
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After 3 days of research and 3 talks with JIm at BOE.....it came down to :
-Garmin 431s
-Lowrance HDS 5
-Raymarine A57D

Garmin is the brand I am most familiar with but in my price range the screens were just too small. I really liked the look and functionalility of both the Ray & Lowrance unit but the Ray A57D would require a chart chip at some point meaning I would have $800+ in it for it to do what I needed. I ordered a new Lowrance HDS5 today that has the 4.0 operating system. I read all the reviews I could find as well as studied the sales numbers for the past few year. The HDS model outsells the other two by alot and most of the negative reviews I found were on THT and dealt with the downloading of upgrades.

And for the deal I got...I am happy.
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Old 09-23-2011, 11:28 AM
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Don't know where you got the idea that Garmins have an accuracy problem. There have been people complaining about the charts in specific remote areas, but they confuse that with GPS accuracy. The chart is the problem and that holds true in every brand of GPS. Poke a stick in the mud and Garmin will take you back to it every time. Then so will every other GPS.
What makes Garmin better is that the product is continuously improved and easily updated using drugstore memory cards. They can come with all the charts you need preloaded and cheaply updated. They are the easiest to learn, use, and learn new tricks. They hold their value much better, are extremely well supported via phone and email, and can be installed by Joe Boaty with common tools and clear instructions.

I used a 4" screen for the ICW (pretty intense navigation) with no problems in spite of my trifocals, and you can get real time weather displayed on the chart. That alone pays the price of admission!

If you need to fanciest charts around, buy the optional G2 Vision cards, and get features you never ever dreamed of!

There's a reason Garmin is the 800# Gorilla in this business, and there's NO reason you shouldn't benefit from it, unless you just prefer third string stuff.
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Originally Posted by ryan67 View Post
any reviews on the ray a57?


http://www.marine-electronics-review...rine-a57d.html
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