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Old 10-18-2011, 06:21 AM
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Question which gps/fishfinder on cape horn 24

im looking to upgrade the old school gps and fish finder on my boat but im at a stand still.

it will be used offshore, 65 miles and closer, mostly 60' deep but down to 125'. with a cruise up the icw every now and then.

budget is 1000 to 1500.

i purchased a lowrance hds 7 last year but to be honest i wasnt that happy with it. i usually fish using raymarine, garmin, and furuno so the hds just seemed weak and not as accurate on waypoints.

looking at the Standard Horizon CPF390i. does anyone have any real advice on this unit?

and which garmin or raymarine units in my price range would you suggest?
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Old 10-18-2011, 06:55 AM
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Take a look at the ramarine E7. It's screen currently only 7".
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You should make sure WAAS is enabled on your HDS-7, WAAS is not enabled when you buy the unit. HDS is as accurate as any other good marine gps, the accuracy is set by the GPS satellite system not by the receiver if it is correctly designed (as HDS is) and the antenna correctly mounted.

If the front of the unit don't have direct line of sight to the sky you may get better results adding an external LGC-4000 antenna. Usually HDS works fine even inside a steering house.

I have Raymarine E80 with Raystar 125 antenna on the same boat as I have a HDS. They both show identical positions. The Raystar antenna is mounted at the roof and the HDS is bracket mounted inside the steering house.

What do you mean by the HDS seemed weak? Are you talking about the fishfinder? If so, you will have to upgrade to a higher quality transducer.
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Old 10-18-2011, 02:06 PM
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you may be right, i didnt have the aux antenna for the hds so that may have been the issue.

the fishfinder was the weak part but im not really comparing it to a similar unit or ducer. the raymarine i usually fish with is in a different class all together. i keep forgetting that because i didnt pay for it.

also the hds was on my old boat so its long gone. looking for more off a offshore based unit. the raymarine e7 looks to be exactly what im looking for.
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Old 10-18-2011, 02:28 PM
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HDS is as good as if not better than Raymarine DSM-300 black-box sounder. But the overall performance of course depends on the transducer connected. And Garmin don't have anything even close to HDS in performance when it comes to fishfinding

When you then are looking for an offshore based unit and e7 looks to be exactly what you are looking for I will not waste my time trying to give you more advices
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im open to any advice... you say you like the hds on your boat more. why? what transducer would you suggest getting?
i will admit that the hds was easy to use and looked nice. and the structure scan was really nice also. seems to cost a good bit less also which is always a plus.
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I'd advise to get the largest display you can afford. The console is long way from the wheel on that 24.
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Old 10-20-2011, 12:39 PM
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http://www.amazon.com/New-Furuno-FCV.../dp/B004JZ892S
with a 1k ducer and your set for finding fish
Humminbird or garmin for gps, I have a humminbird 797c2si and its great for gps and finding fish
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I'd look at 2 dedicated units ..... a Furuno 620 or Sitex 650 and maybe keep your Lowrance or find a SH390.
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