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Old 02-18-2013, 11:49 AM
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No other unit gives so much bang for the buck.

It is combining the BraodBand sounder from HDS with DownScan in a unit with a bright 7" screen with 800x480 resolution.

The screen can be divided in theree vertical windows which are scalable. This allows for using half the screen for charts and two smaller windows for 2D sounder and DownScan.

I had a look at the unit in a shop last week and was impressed by the value for the money. I've been using BroadBand sounder and DownScan for years so I know the base technology very well.

The transducer comes in two versions 83/200/455/800kHz and 50/200/455/800kHz. I recommend 83/200/455/800kHz for 100' and less and 50/200/455/800kHz for deeper waters.
Old 02-18-2013, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Jrgoss0311 View Post
http://www.thegpsstore.com/Lowrance-...I-Basemap.aspx this is one of the ones i really like. Any thoughts on it?
As "abbor" points out, there's a lot of value there in one neat package, IF what it offers happens to be what you want.

But at the same time, it is VERY limited some some significant ways. It is strictly a stand-alone chartplotter/fishfinder, with essentially no networking or expansion capabilities whatsoever. So for example, you can kiss goodbye to the idea of ever adding RADAR, or a second display, or side-scanning SONAR. Per http://www.lowrance.com/Root/Lowranc...lite-7-FAQ.pdf, it doesn't even properly support NMEA 2000 (which I personally consider near-unforgivable). In the category of more minor nit-picks, the screen is a bit small vis-a-vis what you could easily fit on your helm; and you would absolutely have to spend another $100-150 on an add-in chart card.

IMO, you can do a lot better.



Old 02-20-2013, 01:46 PM
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Which is better or is there much of a difference between transom mount or thru hull transducers?
Old 02-20-2013, 02:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Jrgoss0311 View Post
Which is better or is there much of a difference between transom mount or thru hull transducers?
http://www.thehulltruth.com/5269758-post12.html



Old 02-20-2013, 02:30 PM
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Jrgoss,
First of all, welcome to the forum. Despite a rough beginning this thread has turned into a very informative discussion after all, so thanks to all those "posters" contributing.
Just my two cents worth, keep in mind the NMEA 2000 marine electronics standard. Most companies manufacture products which utilize that communications standard, as well as other standards, and you will probably find lower costs on products using the non NMEA 2000 standard as the industry moves away from it. I would make sure to buy the NMEA 2000 product because down the road it will provide a whole bunch of benefits.
I would consider building a basic NMEA 2000 network, (under $300 for a kit) and adding my electronic components to it, such as two multi-function displays as has been suggested previously (vs. a one for all.). Buy one display now but leave room somewhere (mounted in your dash or in your electronics box or on top of your dash), but plan for it now.
I myself use Garmin products because of the cost/value, and because I was already familiar with how Garmin gps's work as I had used a handheld extensively so the learning curve for me was not too steep. The latter reason was probably more important than the former.
Some of my buddies use other brands and I still like mine better, although I think the Lowrance side scanning sonar is pretty spectacular!
Just my opinions.
Oh yeah, you might want to look into whether or not your outboard can communicate using NMEA 2000 as at some point you can then add that to your network and, with the right display, show engine parameters on your multi-function display!

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