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Old 02-27-2016, 05:55 AM
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My friend just bought a new boat and asked my opinion on the best 7 inch unit for the money. He will be fishing from shallow up to 100'. Price is obviously a concern and he was looking at the elite or hook, dragonfly or striker. What is you guys opinions?
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For shallow waters I would recommend sidescanning as well, the units you are considering have ordinary sonar and downscanning, but not sidescanning.

The sidescanning capable units giving most value for the money are Lowrance Elite-7 Ti and Simrad GO7 XSE. (GO7 XSE will not ship before mid March, but there is a model without sidescanning named GO7 available with discounts now)
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Check this
https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/on-t...rod528825.html
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The new Garmin Striker. The new Simrad Go 7XSE would be great units to consider.
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Thank you for the input. ...so based on tor recommendation the striker would be best for the money. The description of the gps sounds odd based on the garmin description...i am reading it wrong?
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Im looking for an inexpensive chart plotter - sounder.
The Hook 7 seems to be the best bang for the buck to put usable equipment on a boat that will go up for sale.
Does anyone know if the Hook series have NEMA 0183 output at least, since it is not a NEMA 2000 device.
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Originally Posted by eric1528 View Post
Thank you for the input. ...so based on tor recommendation the striker would be best for the money. The description of the gps sounds odd based on the garmin description...i am reading it wrong?
The hi quality with low Q factor transducer of the Strike which is included its worth $300 is the main issues which make the clear easy distinguished the under priced Strike 7sv from the rest mentioned sonar.
Frequency:
Traditional: CHIRP 150-240 kHz
DownVü: CHIRP 425-485 kHz and CHIRP 790-850 kHz
SideVü: CHIRP 425-485 kHz and CHIRP 790-850 kHz
Transmit power:
Traditional: 250 W
DownVü: 350 W
SideVü: 350 W
Max Depth/Range:
Traditional: 800 ft
DownVü: 500 ft
SideVü: 500 ft
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Originally Posted by eric1528 View Post
Thank you for the input. ...so based on tor recommendation the striker would be best for the money. The description of the gps sounds odd based on the garmin description...i am reading it wrong?
Striker has a GPS, but no chartplotter, an odd combination in my opinion. A few years ago it would have been a good idea for lakes not covered by charts, but now that everyone easily can make their own charts it doesn't make sense.
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In the new download that you can upload into the go7 simrad u will be able to run side scan tducer...
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GO7 XSE is supporting TotalScan, last year's GO7 won't support TotalScan, it's a 2D and DownScan unit not SideScan.
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Originally Posted by eric1528 View Post
Thank you for the input. ...so based on tor recommendation the striker would be best for the money. The description of the gps sounds odd based on the garmin description...i am reading it wrong?
The GO7 XSE, down/side scan, not supporting chirp

TotalScan™ Transducer
Add the TotalScan transducer to your GO XSE system and get all your sonar technology in one package. TotalScan matches proven Broadband Sounder™ and CHIRP sonar with SideScan and DownScan Imaging™ technology, making it possible to target fish and search for fish-holding structure with the same transducer.
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The Striker is also a very good idea for those who already have a nice working combo unit but do not have side and down scan.

Example:
To add the GCV-10 with the GT30 for a Garmin xsv unit is almost $500.
And one is limited to the GT30 transducer...plus one still needs a second ducer for traditional sonar.
But..add the Striker 7sv for $499.99 and one can use the included GT52HW all in one CHIRP
ducer.
Or use one of the many other CHIRP ducers offered by Garmin..GT51 etc.

And further:

Anyone wiht a system on their boat that cannot have CHIRP Side and Down,Scan ,Traditional added.
Such as a Furuno or older Garmin or Ray units etc..
Add a stand alone striker..and gain a lot of added capability for only $499.

Yes.

Not a bad option...to add a full CHIRP traditional, side and down scan to ones older system.


Striker off of Florida










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Striker doesnt have charts...
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No electronics in boat now and this will be the only unit. No chartplotter on the striker kind of kills the idea. As i said budget is a concern and my friend was possibly looking at getting a elite 7 gold with transducer and skimmer (i guess this is correct) for around 450. Is a good deal for the money or is there a comparable unit for the money and features....?
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Originally Posted by porthole2 View Post
Im looking for an inexpensive chart plotter - sounder.
The Hook 7 seems to be the best bang for the buck to put usable equipment on a boat that will go up for sale.
Does anyone know if the Hook series have NEMA 0183 output at least, since it is not a NEMA 2000 device.
To answer my own question, it does have NMEA 0183 output, but an interface cable is not included.

NMEA 0183 Output (Requires optional Power/NMEA cable 000-0127-49)

Note, the Lowrance listed part number is not a valid number. It also appears that the power/interface cable supplied with a Gen3 will work with the Hook 7, same connector but different colors.
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Originally Posted by porthole2 View Post
Note, the Lowrance listed part number is not a valid number.
Yes it is:
http://store.navico.com/Products/000-0127-49
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Originally Posted by fixer01 View Post
So it is on that site, but not the Lowrance site, which is where I looked for it.

http://www.lowrance.com/en-US/Search/?query=000-0127-49

And the Gen3 power data cable will work for the Hook 7

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