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Old 07-21-2013, 08:53 AM
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Any CUSTOMER REVIEWS of the new Garmin 70S Fishfinder/GPS? Looks like an excellent unit for fresh and saltwater.
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I think that will be a good unit for fresh water especially...a very positive unit.
Some nice features... has wireless for a tablet / smartphone etc....and sonar recording.

Currently the 740s still is the preferred unit by most salt Garmin users when comparing to the 70s.
I think that may because the 70s is 500 watts and the 740s is 600/1000 watts...and the 740s a little lower in price due to them being on close out.
Also the 70s is 200/ 77 kHz and thus has very limited transducer selection as compared to the 740s.....but that is not a problem for fresh water.
But the 70s has an optional trolling motor transducer so that is a plus for fresh.
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Good info - thanks much. I'll hopefully be getting a used redesigned Cape Horn 17 or Key West 186CC in a few months. Seperate GPS and Fishfinder is also a likely option. That way if one unit is sick the other doesn't even know it.
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Originally Posted by chemoniepilot View Post
That way if one unit is sick the other doesn't even know it.
I have been in the business more years than I care to count and that is the first time I have heard networking described that way...I love it!
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Anther unit that is really make an impression in fresh /saltwater is the Garmin 547xs CHIRP......I am getting a lot of positive comments back from my people using that with smaller boats in fresh water.

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If you prefer to go the Garmin route my proposal would a 527xs as sounder combined with a 740 for charts.
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I am balking at buying the 740S as the cost of the unit plus transducer plus the bluchart puts it out of my range +$1500. What would you suggest for a smaller Garmin unit used in Saltwater up to 350' deep? I was considering the 541 unit at this point.

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