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Old 02-22-2013, 02:40 PM
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I am looking for a new combo unit in the sub $800 range. Lowrance has an elite 7 that has down scan and standard broad band sonar. I boat in Buzzards Bay (MA) and am rarely in water over 150'. Am I getting caught up with the novelty of down scan? Is it pointless in saltwater and I am better off saving some money and just going with a standard broad band sonar and chartplotter combo?
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:15 PM
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DownScan works fine in 100-150' saltwater if the sea is not too choppy. Elite-7 has built-in BraodBand sounder so you won't loose anything when it comes to fishfinder performance by going Elite-7.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:28 PM
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Check out the new Raymarine Dragonfly. Going to retail for around $700 with charts, but I have already seen it for less, do a search.

http://raymarine.com/view/?id=6854
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:14 PM
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The Dragonfly screen is only 5", too small to be used for three functions, ordinary sonar, downscanning and charts. Elite-7 has a 7" rectangular screen which can be divided in three scalable vertical windows.
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