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Old 10-17-2011, 02:19 PM
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Default Inshore shallow water FF/GPS combo under $1K.

For use in the Lower Nanticoke River/Tangier Sound - someday may creep out to the Chesapeake. 99% under 50' of water. SeaSwirl 2100 DC Striper boat. Aside from trying to catch Stripers, trying to avoid running aground.

Looking for a FF/Combo under $1000 or so. I know there's a bunch of posts on GPS/Combo reviews, but I mainly need shallow water and am also looking for end-of-season deals.

The Raymarine A57D has a $450 rebate going on til the end of Nov. The screen's 5.7". Buttons to access favorite pages/settings.
http://www.raymarine.com/default.asp...on=2&page=1856
I can get it with ‘enhanced’ coastal marine charts for under $1100 - $450 = $650.

All the following are 5" screens:

The Humminbird 597cd HD DI has regular sonar + down imaging. One issue is that the regular sonar has only 25 degree as it widest setting.
It's around $600. The map may kinda suck, and you can't use Navionics Premium Plus maps.

Next step up is the Humminbird 788ciHD DI combo. Has regular sonar + down imaging . Same 25 degree widest regular sonar. Same can't use Navionics Premium Plus Coastal maps. Includes lake maps. Has buttons to quickly access favorite pages/settings. Networks with everything I'll never buy. About $700

Next step up is the Humminbird 798ci HD SI combo. Two big improvements: The regular sounder goes out to 60 degrees, and it has down + SIDE IMAGING.
It's normally about $1100. Cabela's has it on sale for $799. http://www.cabelas.com/sonar-gps-com...er-combo.shtml Still cant accept Navionics Premium Plus Coastal maps, though.

Garmin GPSMAP 541s. Around $600. Has coastal maps. Accepts BlueChart g2 Vision cards.

Final option. Rock, tied to a rope. $1. Depth feature only. Infinite accurate analog depth measurements. No GPS feature; relies on trueVision™ Line-o’sight technology to find your way back.
(trueVision™ Line-o’sight has known bugs for working in heavy fog or dark-o’night.

Any thoughts?

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Old 10-17-2011, 03:40 PM
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Lowrance HDS are excellent fishfinders, both for shallow and deep waters. HDS-7 with the 83/200kHz transducer will fit your budget. The 83/200kHz ducer can give up to 120 degrees coverage at short distances. Since I live in Europe I don't know anything about the quality of the Insight charts compared to Navionics, so hope other can fill in on this. I'm running Navionics Platinum on all my 5 plotters and I'm pleased with these charts.
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Old 10-17-2011, 04:54 PM
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abbor,

Yes. I forgot the Lowrance HDS-5 With U.S. Expanded Basemap and Nautic Insight (Great Lakes and U.S. Coastal Waters).

Around $600. Compatible with Navionics Platinum Plus maps. 2 year warranty.

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". . . rock tied to a rope . . ." my good laugh for the night. Thank you.


My first choice would be the Raymarine followed by the Lowrance.
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The $450. rebate is hard to beat right now. A large number of of members here have already ordered.

http://www.thehulltruth.com/fishing-...ml#post4011876
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Old 10-18-2011, 05:38 PM
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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post
The $450. rebate is hard to beat right now. A large number of of members here have already ordered.

http://www.thehulltruth.com/fishing-...ml#post4011876
What is the rebate on a A70d ??
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Originally Posted by BoatlessInNY View Post
What is the rebate on a A70d ??
$400. on the A70...but you also need a note from your wife.


Here is a link to the full rebates from Raymarine:

http://www.raymarine.com/default.asp...n=43&page=2015
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I have an older Lowrance LCX 28 Hd I really like the lowrance stuff, the price is right the GPS map and FF is money well spent for inshore nearshore fishing.
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Old 10-21-2011, 12:27 PM
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I went with the Humminbird 798ci HD SI. They sucked me in with the included side scan/down scan. (Other brands' side-scan modules are about $600 extra)

I got it from my local West Marine. They price matched Cabelas $799 add.

I'll probably be second guessing myself all winter, especially because of the new Lowrance rebate.

http://www.bbcboards.net/zerothread?id=735828

Thanks to all.
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Do a little searching and I doubt you will have buyers remorse concerning the Lowrance products/support.
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Old 10-21-2011, 05:35 PM
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Lowrance elite-5 dsi combo.......love it...... Cheap
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Good to see neighbors on the site im only a couple miles from ya. I went with a ray a57 good for any fishing around our area. Good luck with the fall run of rock fish.
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Originally Posted by Monoman View Post
Do a little searching and I doubt you will have buyers remorse concerning the Lowrance products/support.
It's not a good idea to base a decision on old information, by reading the latest posts regarding customer support you will see Navico (Lowrance/Simrad) now have excellent customer support.
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Old 10-22-2011, 04:55 AM
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your lucky its a buyers market. boe has the hds7 base map no ducer. the price is $827 minus the lowrance rebate of 200. this is a good price $627 plus navionics chip of your choice and a airmar transducer of your choice. end price about 900 with great sonar great maping. http://www.boemarine.com/brands/Lowr...Products=page6
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It's not a good idea to base a decision on old information, by reading the latest posts regarding customer support you will see Navico (Lowrance/Simrad) now have excellent customer support.
They have a long enough history of inconsistent quality control and horrible customer support. Until that recent trend becomes the norm I don't consider them a viable option for my hard earned money.
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Buy from whatever company you want. I'm giving the information so the OP is not basing the decision on outdated information.

Navico is a company created from 5 different companies, Lowrance, Simrad Yatching, Navman, Northstar and B&G, they had some really tough times during the integration and reorganization, but Navico has now sorted this out and is offering high quality products with the best warranties in the industry and good customer support. The large quality problems where related to the Lowrance models developed prior to the merger, HDS has shown good product quality, and is the best selling MFD ever. The only systematic problem has been the water intrusion for a few of the firsts HDS-7 models produced. Simrad has always been a company known for excellent quality and top customer support, it seems they now have been able to establish the Simrad culture within the whole Navico organization.
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Yep, second guessing myself is kicking in pretty good now....
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u messed up bad jdsteele.
just kidding. that unit is fine, you will enjoy it just as much as a hds.
but west marine is the last place i would buy a unit. plenty of guys on here for cheaper
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Old 10-22-2011, 09:09 PM
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I agree, West Marine is normally the last place I'd go for any kind of a deal. They sell the Humminbird 798ci HD SI (this year's model) for $1049. I printed Cabelas internet add of $799, and WM matched it. It's the cheapest price I've seen for it. I called Cabelas to order, but they could not confirm that it was this year's HD model, so took the add to WM so I could actually see what I was getting.

I've seen the Humminbird 798ci SI (last year's model) for less than $800, but not this year's HD model.
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