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Old 03-06-2015, 11:40 AM
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I'm looking at upgrading my fish finder and am intrigued by side scan. I'm thinking it will help identify stripers in the shallow rock piles I fish, as well as help locate structure to target and schools of bait.

Right now I'm leaning towards Lowrance and I'm between the hds 7 gen 2 touch and the hds 7 gen 3.

As far as I can tell, the gen 3 is supposed to be more user friendly, has wifi, touch screen and buttons, and the big difference, it also has CHIRP technology.

I'm also considering one of these:

I would LOVE to have auto pilot, but if they are brand new I'm thinking I might want to wait until the bugs are worked out. Does anyone have any experience with this unit?

Looks like I can get the gen 3 for just $300 more than the Gen 2, but if I buy the gen 2 and another accessory like the autopilot I get another $300 rebate.

I'm thinking if I just get the fish finder, I should spend the extra $300 and get the gen 3.

If I'm going to buy the auto pilot as well, I will go with the gen 2, and have a $600 savings over the gen 3 due to the extra rebate.

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Go gen 3 hands down
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I'm swapping out a gen2 for a gen3. I did it mainly for the sonar.

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