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Old 03-26-2006, 05:11 PM
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Default BoatingTime for a new GPS / Depthfinder on my 19ft center console

I am new to this forum, but I have been posting on the Florida Sportsman site for over three years.

My Seasquirt 18+ ( 18' 9") center console, bay boat, is in need of a new depth finder. My existing Hummingbird has had the the transducers in the water too long, and they are shot. I have a replacement transducer, but it is an old system, so I want to replace it. Also, My Garmin 75 was lost / stolen about a year ago, along with my handheld VHF. The year 2005 was not a good year for my marine electronics.
I have replaced my radio with a Standard Horizons VHF and a new Shakespear marine antenna. Now I need to replace the GPS and depth finder.

I use this boat in the back country more than deep water. It is very light and running it in a 3 ft chop is like a trampoline workout. When seas are two feet or less I can get out to the 120ft line outside Key largo, but that's rare. I fish inshore in the 60ft or less range, and back country to Flamingo. I have just a 55 gallon tank and an Evinrude 150 HP v6 2 stroke, so I have up to a 5 hour run at cruise speeds of 30 MPH. I have two good batteries.

I don't want to spend a fortune on a new unit, and this boat might get sold in the next two years. I keep it in the water, so I want the transducers to be "sturdy" The hull is a 1987.

I fish in bright sunlight under my bimini a lot. I don't go out at night often. GPS antenna will likely be mounted under the bimini. My armin had some reception issues with this and I am hopefull that this next generation will have better recepton under modest cover.

Can I get some recommendations / opinions?

Thanks in advance!

Dan

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Old 03-26-2006, 10:19 PM
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How about Humminbird 383C , Lowrance 334C, Humminbird 787c2 for color units. Humminbird 767 offers same performance as 787c2 but in monochrome display which saves $200.

Another way to go is budget separates. Eagle 500C color GPS is $360. Add Furuno 4100 monochrome FF for $200 or Raymarine DS400 for $250.

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Old 03-27-2006, 08:25 AM
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The Lowrance is also being recommended by some people in the Florida Sportsman boating forums. What is its ability to communicate with my home computer for data uploads / software revisions? Any opinions on its software? charts? fishing hotspots?

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