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Old 10-09-2011, 12:50 PM
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Anyone have this unit? It came recommended by some Gov. types that said it works as well as their expensive govt issue machines. Just looking for real world experience with it, good or bad. It's $1000.00 price tag gives me the hee bee gee bees.

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Old 10-09-2011, 01:33 PM
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I use a 998c SI unit, basically the same thing different screen size.

A little overwhelming at first, but the unit offers lots of features. Still learn something new every trip.

After a year of use, I really like it.

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good question. I've had my eye on this unit too.
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Old 10-09-2011, 01:57 PM
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I also have a 998 unit. So far so good. I have posted a few screen shots on this forum if you do a search they show come up. I have only been in freshwater however, it has been good to me so far! Good luck
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I've got the 898c si. I love it. It's especially on reef structure and around bridges. I have found am lot of new structure using it.
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Old 10-09-2011, 03:35 PM
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have had one on my seadoo (jetski fishing baby!) for 2 years now. Albeit it doesn't get used as much as i'd like but the unit works great for me, but please know that it is a 5" screen and has it's limitations due to size. An 8+" screen can show much more details simply because it has more pixels. For a 5" unit, IMO it gets my top vote. Love the side imaging and is packed with a lot of features i've yet to utilize.

it comes available in an internal gps sensor or external. Internal IMO would be better for small crafts and less possibility of down the road wiring issues/connection failures--simpler = better. Gps sensor would work fine for even boats with T-tops, but inside a cabin perhaps not.

It's been out for a while now and i've seen it on sale a bunch of places. Bought mine from a THT vendor (Getfeetwet) for about $800 if my memory serve right. I went external only due to internal model was not available at time.

Great unit, but if you have the room and budget, i'd always go bigger.

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Old 10-09-2011, 04:39 PM
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Thanks guys!
Good stuff, never had side scan before and really looking forward to seeing it in my area.

Bigger huh? Geesh honey, all my friends have the bigger one! gotta work on my wife speech...

Dave :-)
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Old 10-09-2011, 05:39 PM
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hey check your pm before you buy one
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Old 10-09-2011, 06:06 PM
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They only thing that i didn't like so much was looking at the screen in direct sunlight it was view-able but hard to see some of the great detail the side imaging provides . I would buy it again

does anyone know of anything that can help with the view in sunlight?
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I had one on the boat I had last year.

Great unit, picked up fish, loved the side imaging and the GPS was ok although I didn't have full charts loaded on it. Nothing comparatively speaking to my new Garmin setup.

Some things I didn't like. The screen was small. It was too weak in sunlight and too bright at night, never could find a setting to turn the brightness down at night and I looked, may have just been my oversight.
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Old 10-10-2011, 01:18 PM
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Originally Posted by keithelder View Post
never could find a setting to turn the brightness down at night and I looked, may have just been my oversight.

yes........an over sight!!
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Old 10-10-2011, 01:25 PM
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Can turn it down for sure I don't remember how but it did have that option. Im going to go ahead and buy it again probably get the 898. Isaw a site that offered sun hoods for them so ill probly pick one up
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The power button depressed once quickly will pull up a quick menu for background color and brightness. The newer 8" displays like the 898 i believe are a little bit brighter than the other units that have been around a while like the 998, 1198 etc. The newer 5" HD screens are also a little brighter than past 5" models. I'd wait to see how it works for you before you go buy a hood. I bought one and threw it away after a few hours after i realized that the main protective cover that comes with the unit cant be used. My screen is plenty bright in every mode except SI in direct sunlight. The SI is still readalbe but a little dull.
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Submerged boat in my home lake zoomed out



Same boat zoomed in



Active fish 2D and SI

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Whoa...

Thanks pastaman...

So, 26.2 feet depth to bottom from keel, cursor is 47 feet starboard of your keel, sunken boat is 163 feet from your starboard keel? Or does the side image range only extend out 125 feet on either side?

Sorry this is new to me, is the sunken boat 165 feet from your starboard keel? How deep is the wreck, 26 feet?

Thinking about the 898 si unit now. I want the screen a little bigger. Do you need two transducers mounted for the side imaging? how about for installing in a pilothouse? I assume an external mounted Gps receiver...

This newer technology blows my mind. One guy told me he sells a lot of side scan units to rescue and recovery FD's. Pantomiming a suspended body under the water...

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The loggers on the swannee river on Ax Men use them to find logs too.
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Whoa...

Thanks pastaman...

So, 26.2 feet depth to bottom from keel, cursor is 47 feet starboard of your keel, sunken boat is 163 feet from your starboard keel? Or does the side image range only extend out 125 feet on either side?

Sorry this is new to me, is the sunken boat 165 feet from your starboard keel? How deep is the wreck, 26 feet?

Thinking about the 898 si unit now. I want the screen a little bigger. Do you need two transducers mounted for the side imaging? how about for installing in a pilothouse? I assume an external mounted Gps receiver...

This newer technology blows my mind. One guy told me he sells a lot of side scan units to rescue and recovery FD's. Pantomiming a suspended body under the water...

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I had the screen set to view 125 feet to the left and the right. The 165' is the exact distance the sunken boat that i zoomed in on is from the transducer. The 26' is the water depth that i was in at that time directly under me. In order to get the depth of the boat i would have had to save the sunken boats position then drive over it looking downward in which i did but dont have a pic of it.

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Here is a pic of some fallen timber or logs. If you want to see anything else let me know. I have hundreds of pics saved over the years.



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Wow looks great and ill take the advice and try it out first thanks for the tip
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Gander Mountain had the hummingbird 798si, 898si and the Lowrance HDS 7 on display. Saw the Garmin 740s at West Marine. I decided on the Hummingbird 898si, the bigger screen and side scan does it for me.
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