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Old 02-18-2012, 08:22 PM
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want to buy a new combo unit for the boat since the one in the boat is 6 years old it is a lowrance lcx-20c. Looking for something new and great in the 500-700 dollar range. Thanks for your help.
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:33 PM
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Shallow water stuff?
Regardless of depth let's look at the more important feature bottom machine or chart plotter ?
Unless someone has really made a huge come up with their technology I personally believe garmin owns the chart plotter world. Furuno owns the bottom machine world but times are changing. Garmin has really not been a leader with their bottom units in my opinion but their chart plotters are were in a class of their own. So if chart plotter is high up check out the venders forum and look up getyourfeetwet.com they have great units at great prices. They can lead you to the correct choice on factory refirb units at a huge discount to help accommodate your price range. You are working with a tight budget for a combo unit, you may get a slamming deal through them with full factory warranty. Jim with boe marine is also a very knowledgable person that can help you. I am not sure if he offers factory refirb units tho. Also look for used pull offs. You can find good deals in here under the gear for sale section. Crap shoot on some of it but 99.9 % of the people i have dealt with on here have been stand up and as advertised. I know the post is kind of vague on which unit... It really depends on what is the more important feature.
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I need a good all around unit. Some offshore some inshore.
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:46 PM
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Gonna be tough in that price range buying new.
Look at getfeetwet.com on the venders section and visit their site. They have tons of stuff you can look through. On their actual website. Look for the factory refurbished section and search combo units. I love garmin for the chartplotter and different chips google earth is sweet on here as well as the bath charts you load.their bottom machines are ok but not the best. Maybe their new digital stuff is better i don't know but if you get digital you are going to be way over budget. Buy something you can build on, as add better stuff to it as you get more loot.
I don't like lowrance i had the xd5 and thought it sucked. Really sucked. I had smaller garmin units that were great for 700- not new referbished.
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The Raymairne A57d is in the mid $600. range..excellent unit.


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Grouperking: I just checked out getfeetwet.com & that has to be one of the worst websites to navigate! Not to mentioned it's painfully slow. Spent 10 minutes & gave up! Their search engine does nothing. They may have decent prices, but that website is terrible.
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Old 02-19-2012, 05:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Magnolia Sun View Post
Grouperking: I just checked out getfeetwet.com & that has to be one of the worst websites to navigate! Not to mentioned it's painfully slow. Spent 10 minutes & gave up! Their search engine does nothing. They may have decent prices, but that website is terrible.
I agree, just tried myself
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Old 02-19-2012, 06:11 AM
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I have the Lowrance Elite 5 DSI and like it so far.
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Old 02-19-2012, 06:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Mighty Quinn View Post
I have the Lowrance Elite 5 DSI and like it so far.
I have the same unit and am 100% satisfied with it.
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:51 AM
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Get a HDS-7 (Gen 1), they still have rebates for these discontinued units.
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Old 02-19-2012, 08:16 AM
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Hey guys, I too have the same situation. I have just gotten back into fishing. My last days were 1999 where LORAN C was king but being replaced by GPS. Back then, LORAN could keep tracking coordinates at WOT, and I assume GPS can now as well while traveling WOT, but my sounder gave up around 25 Knots. Tooo much engine noise or bubbles passing over thru hull transducer? Speed limitations seems to still be a problem with transducers being able to provided adaquate signals to the sounder's electronics, regardless of mounting transducer via thru hulls or at the stern. I just purchased a 2950 Proline cuddy which came with a 500 watt dual frequency Ratheyon fish finder. If purchasing a GPS, I wanted a sounder/finder (to be redundent if needed) built into the unit. Garmin's 541 dual frequency seems like a good unit, but complaints about the sounder not being able to pick up fish at above 25 Knots seems to still be a problem in 2012. 5" diag. screen is the minimal size screen that I want. I would also like to down load EXCEL LORANE numbers into it without having to typing them in one at a time. However, that might be too much to ask.

I plan on spending less than a grand and also need advice
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by auntiepaula View Post
I have the same unit and am 100% satisfied with it.
I was looking at that unit at basspro.com and it had some not so favorable reviews it was rated 3 out of 5 stars. I thought the unit looked nice but those reviews are troubling.
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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post
The Raymairne A57d is in the mid $600. range..excellent unit.

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Semper: I was in West Marine (just looking) @ some of the GPS units this afternoon. I must admit that the A series is not a bad GPS/FF @ all. The love the interface & the soft-touch bottons. There are little icons @ the bottom of the screen that were so easy to understand & use. I think it was the A57D as well. Nice little unit & looks well built.
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Originally Posted by CLTdeerhunter View Post
I was looking at that unit at basspro.com and it had some not so favorable reviews it was rated 3 out of 5 stars. I thought the unit looked nice but those reviews are troubling.
Curious what the complaints were?
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Originally Posted by Magnolia Sun View Post
Semper: I was in West Marine (just looking) @ some of the GPS units this afternoon. I must admit that the A series is not a bad GPS/FF @ all. The love the interface & the soft-touch bottons. There are little icons @ the bottom of the screen that were so easy to understand & use. I think it was the A57D as well. Nice little unit & looks well built.
The Raymarine A57D has been a strong seller for me over the last several years at $ 1150.
Only positive customer feedback and no issues.

Now that they are below $700. it is a win win unit.

You can use for just the chart if you have another sonar or as a sonar if you have a existing chart..or as a combo..either way where can you get this quality for this price point.

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Grouperking: I just checked out getfeetwet.com & that has to be one of the worst websites to navigate! Not to mentioned it's painfully slow. Spent 10 minutes & gave up! Their search engine does nothing. They may have decent prices, but that website is terrible.
Tell them in their vendor forum on here. They really do have great prices on their units. Give them a call.. I bought stuff and my friend bought a couple thousand dollars worth of stuff from them and zero complaints. I had no issues with the website, it did take me a while to figure it out but once figured out, no problems. So maybe someone needs to tell them its running slow.
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I've got a Raymarine A50D sitting in my closet if you're interested. Used if for a couple months until the boat was totaled and I plan on going a littler bigger (boat & nav. unit) next time around.

Lemme know if you're interested
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Originally Posted by Mighty Quinn View Post
Curious what the complaints were?
Most were tech issues and some most likely user inflicted. But having so many poor reviews in that department made me worry.
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Originally Posted by aiian View Post
I've got a Raymarine A50D sitting in my closet if you're interested. Used if for a couple months until the boat was totaled and I plan on going a littler bigger (boat & nav. unit) next time around.

Lemme know if you're interested
Maybe not sure if I am going to pull the trigger yet looking for some good insight from all the experts on there.

If I replace my unit I will have to replace transducer and gps antenna correct? Even if I stay with a lowrance.
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The unit's GPS sensor is internal, I'm not sure if you can use the existing transducer.

I doubt it.
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