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Best chip for lowrance?

Old 06-27-2013, 06:33 PM
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Default Best chip for lowrance?

Just bought a new GPS sounder combo. I'm cheap and poor, and found a great deal on the elite 7. That plus a garmin 540 as a backup, I feel ok on a 20' boat.

My question is should I put a chip in it? What kind? Not trying to spend a ton. Are the hot spots chips any good? They are priced right anyways.

I'm not a big electronics guy, I just punch in the coordinates and roll out, but I like the idea of a chip that has all the spots the giant map we all use has too.

Do they make a chart that has the offshore named spots on it and decent contour lines?

I know its a 20' boat, but its a 77 seacraft master angler fully rebuilt. She will take some waves. I'm not trying to run to the ledge, but ill fish 100' in her all day on the right day.
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:14 PM
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I have nautic insight HD 2012 and am satisfied with it. I got it this spring from BOE on sale for a great price. It isn't the most detailed but the maps are pretty accurate, and it suits my needs well. It also covers the whole East coast. All and all a good value if you don't want to pony up for navionics maps IMO.
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Old 06-29-2013, 02:58 PM
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the elite 7 can only handle the navionics GOLD at best for that particular line of chips, cant handle the platinum plus..........or you can try the new Insight HD 2013......unfortunately those are the best cartography options for the Elite 7.
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Old 06-30-2013, 04:45 PM
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Double tyme, perhaps we can help shed some light on the chips you are asking about. First, there are chips like the Navionics and Insight that provide depth contours, and ocean bottom detail. These are available for many units, brands and models. Some of the newer GPS units come with a degree of base map built in and then others have the full fledge detailed mapping. Most Anglers that purchase a unit with an average base map usually opt to purchase an add on chip such as the Navionics in order to get more of the detail they are looking for.

Then, You have the Hot Spots Fishing Chip which does not provide a duplication of the mapping detail, but instead provides actual productive fishing waypoints or fishing spots. These include but are not limited to Fishing spots, reefs, wrecks, oil platforms, fishing areas, artificial reefs etc. This information works in addition to all of the mapping systems whether they are built in maps or add on chips, and overlay on top of the mapping detail to provide what we refer to as "the best of both worlds"

So, it really depends on what you are looking to accomplish. Some are just looking for fishing spots, and others are looking for detailed bottom mapping and contours. In addition, some of the mapping chips sometimes provide a sampling of fishing spots on the map, but that is not the sole purpose that the mapping chip provides.
Hope this helps spell out some of the differences between the two.
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We are actually working on a video and some shots to help visualize the difference between the types of add on chips available to the Marine GPS user.
Hope this helps you...............
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