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Old 07-06-2012, 07:54 PM
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Just bought a 23' cc maycraft, need to get some electronics and can't decide if I should combo them or separate them. And what is a good dependable unit for offshore and bay fishing?
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Old 07-07-2012, 02:24 PM
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If you end up going with a large-screen MFD (10" or greater) such as a Lowrance HDS-10 or a Furuno NavNet MFD12, you'd be cheating yourself by not piping your sonar onto those large screens. In other words, combos these days are pretty reliable and if you fish, it's a really good thing to have a screen large enough that you can split in halves or quarters and not feel like you have to squint to see the info.

A split screen GPS/sonar combo on an HDS-10 or the NavNet series 10" screens or larger shows plenty of information, is reliable, and won't take up as much real estate on your dash as having one sonar and a separate GPS. Of course having a back-up GPS on that unused part of your dash is never a bad idea.
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Old 07-07-2012, 04:05 PM
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The flip side is that in many cases you can buy say two 7" multi function units for the same or near the same as the single 8 to 10 inch screen. The displays then are larger than splitting the larger single screen and you have a back up.
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Thanks, I just bought the lowrance hds7 gen2 today and was thinking if I like it well enough might get the second to do the split thing...now I just need to find an external antenna to go on this unit.
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Old 07-07-2012, 06:50 PM
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Ive been using two units for a year now.
Can't see doing it any other way.
Nice to have a backup.
I have them wired to two different batteries.
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Old 07-07-2012, 07:07 PM
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Why can't I find an antenna from lowrance. I admit to not being very computer savvy , but come on, does anyone have any ideas about an external antenna for this unit? If I knew what to get I could type that in and find it.. Found a lot of garmin, only thing from lowrance I can find is that whether antenna thing..
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Old 07-07-2012, 07:41 PM
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This boat came rigged with a pair of Lowrance 5" screens...and I like it!

23' boat, so not a lot of console room, but they both fit and much better than split screen on a bigger unit in my opinion.
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HDS 7 has an internal antenna.
But, the external antenna you might want is the LGC-4000.
If you have a NMEA 2000 backbone, it will also plug in there for any other compatable units you might have.
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