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Old 07-23-2013, 12:11 PM
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I'd like some informed opinions before I upgrade the electronics on my rig. 2004-era Garmin GPSMAP 198C went belly up, and now I need to find a replacement.

Rig is a 21' Parker CC - I fish/run mainly in the Chesapeake Bay (depth doesn't exceed 200'). Structure scan is nice to have, but I'm not certain it's a must have. Network connectivity is a maybe, as I'm adding a 2nd station up top, and it may be nice to have a small display in the tower.

I'm currently looking at the Lowrance hds 9 gen2 touch; Simrad NSS7, Raymarine e7, and the Garmin 741xs.

I've been reading & searching for a few months, but can't find a post that says "pick the lowarance over the garmin because..."

I'm also limited on space, as the helm is this style: .
As such, the unit will be gimbal mounted and not flush mounted.
Old 07-23-2013, 12:18 PM
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Lowrance and Simrad are fully networkable. The Garmin is not.

Simrad and Lowrance have structure scan. The Garmin does not.

Both are good units, the Garmins have a good reputation of reliable performance. The Lowrance has less of a good reputation in that regards.

The sonar in the Garmin and Lowrance are both going to do you well. If you are wanting to find structure on the bottom holding fish, the structure scan capability will give you an edge.

I would find a store displaying both units and play with them both. You may find you really enjoy one interface over the other. That would be an important purchasing decision. I don't think you will be unhappy with either.
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where do you fish and how deep
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Originally Posted by bamafutbal View Post
where do you fish and how deep
I think he fishes in the Chesapeake Bay and his depth doesn't exceed 200'....
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I've been out with the boat I have in the fjord for 6-7 hours today. I have HDS-8 Gen2 and NSS7 on this boat. I'm using a B60 transducer. The depth was between 20 and 330'. The performance of this setup is excellent at any speed. The top speed of the boat is 40 knots, the sounder gives nice bottom returns and even shows shoals of fish at this speed.
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Originally Posted by stiletto View Post
Lowrance and Simrad are fully networkable. The Garmin is not.

Simrad and Lowrance have structure scan. The Garmin does not.

Both are good units, the Garmins have a good reputation of reliable performance. The Lowrance has less of a good reputation in that regards.

The sonar in the Garmin and Lowrance are both going to do you well. If you are wanting to find structure on the bottom holding fish, the structure scan capability will give you an edge.

I would find a store displaying both units and play with them both. You may find you really enjoy one interface over the other. That would be an important purchasing decision. I don't think you will be unhappy with either.
Good input and advice, appreciate it. Leaning toward the Garmin, just need to get my hands on it.

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