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Old 01-27-2017, 05:14 AM
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I've been considering updating my gps/fish finder. I currently have a Lowrance lms520. I came across the hook7 for $399 in a bundle with map card and sun cover. Who has one and would you recommend it? Fwiw I'm not looking to spend $1000. My price range may go up to $600.
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I'm looking at the same unit myself. Hopefully we can get some users opinions.
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Originally Posted by FL.flatback 222 View Post
I'm looking at the same unit myself. Hopefully we can get some users opinions.

I don't know anything about this one but the price looks good.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/garmin-reg-echomap-trade-73sv-sonar-gps-combo-with-lakev-uuml-trade-hd/2412938.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fboat ing-electronics%2F_%2FN-1102805%2FNo-0%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_105684480%3FrecordsPerPage%3D18
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Originally Posted by mcsd63 View Post
I've been considering updating my gps/fish finder. I currently have a Lowrance lms520. I came across the hook7 for $399 in a bundle with map card and sun cover. Who has one and would you recommend it? Fwiw I'm not looking to spend $1000. My price range may go up to $600.
Unfortunately there isnít any update for Elite or Hook units that allow users to turn on-off the map categories, this is a feature that you will only see on HDS and Elite-Ti units. Thus, if you get a Hook, whatever map you choose to run --- you won't be able to turn off the features you may not want to see. That would be a real problem for me.


I would not recommend either one as they are the least capable options. Try to find a reman HDS / HDS GEN 2 unit for sale. With the 2017 models now out, there are lots of deals on older models.



With respect to the capabilities of Elite and Hook units, basically both are the same kind of system, the most remarkable difference is that Hook units donít have NMEA network connection, so you have to work with the built-in antenna. You can review the full list of features from the following links:

http://www.lowrance.com/en-US/Products/Elite/
http://www.lowrance.com/en-US/Products/HOOK/



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I have the hook7 and it's OK. If I were buying again soon I'd go to the HDS9.
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Originally Posted by MarAgt View Post
I have the hook7 and it's OK. If I were buying again soon I'd go to the HDS9.

I don't want to spend that much.
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Originally Posted by Egret&Lab View Post
Unfortunately there isnít any update for Elite or Hook units that allow users to turn on-off the map categories, this is a feature that you will only see on HDS and Elite-Ti units. Thus, if you get a Hook, whatever map you choose to run --- you won't be able to turn off the features you may not want to see. That would be a real problem for me.


I would not recommend either one as they are the least capable options. Try to find a reman HDS / HDS GEN 2 unit for sale. With the 2017 models now out, there are lots of deals on older models.



With respect to the capabilities of Elite and Hook units, basically both are the same kind of system, the most remarkable difference is that Hook units donít have NMEA network connection, so you have to work with the built-in antenna. You can review the full list of features from the following links:

http://www.lowrance.com/en-US/Products/Elite/
http://www.lowrance.com/en-US/Products/HOOK/





I'm not sure what you are referring to. What features do you turn off on the map?
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I'm not sure what you are referring to. What features do you turn off on the map?
The preloaded chart on the Hook-7 can look very cluttered. It would be nice to be able to remove certain objects and contour lines to make the chart quicker to read on the fly when navigating. The Navionics chart option does a better job with this as you can turn off the sonarchart to clear things up a bit. I assume this is what Egret is talking about.
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Originally Posted by Amity83 View Post
The preloaded chart on the Hook-7 can look very cluttered. It would be nice to be able to remove certain objects and contour lines to make the chart quicker to read on the fly when navigating. The Navionics chart option does a better job with this as you can turn off the sonarchart to clear things up a bit. I assume this is what Egret is talking about.

OK, thanks. Both Lowrance units I've had in the past just had base maps. So it's kind of hard to wrap my head around some things. I may go to bass pro or cabela's to see what they have on display.
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Originally Posted by mcsd63 View Post
I'm not sure what you are referring to. What features do you turn off on the map?
If you just want to run a basic map that sort of look like a glorified cartoon, it probably will be no problem as those maps have little detail to begin with. The Navico units come with maps like this loaded on. Im not sure why they have them since they are pretty much useless. If the maps are important to you and you want to see details, you will need to buy a map to load into it. If you do that and get a mapping chip you will have to view every layer and every feature they provide on the map as you can't go in with unit's software to select what you want to see and what you don't. For instance, manatee zones are always going to be turned on overlaying photos and map features no matter your preference. The same goes for every other map layer from depth indications to contours to markers to state parks, map labels, to roads etc etc. If you get this cheap unit and you want to buy a good map after the fact, you will not be very happy looking at it as its going to look like a cluttered mess and especially with the tiny screen.
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If you shop hard you should be able to find an HDS-7 gen 2 touch for 600 or less. They're still out there.
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Thanks for the info. The Garmin I'm looking at looks better than the Lowrance so far.
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Originally Posted by mcsd63 View Post
Thanks for the info. The Garmin I'm looking at looks better than the Lowrance so far.
Well - Garmin has the worst map in the market for your area and they provide zero mapping options so if you get one of those , you will be highly likely to be unhappy with what you see on the screen most of the time. There are plenty of them for sale on line 2nd hand just for that reason. If you like to see yourself running over land when you are floating in 4' you will love the Garmin. Save yourself some grief and get a second hand HDS or simrad unit. Much better, capable, and options for maps.
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Originally Posted by Egret&Lab View Post
Well - Garmin has the worst map in the market for your area and they provide zero mapping options so if you get one of those , you will be highly likely to be unhappy with what you see on the screen most of the time. There are plenty of them for sale on line 2nd hand just for that reason. If you like to see yourself running over land when you are floating in 4' you will love the Garmin. Save yourself some grief and get a second hand HDS or simrad unit. Much better, capable, and options for maps.

Looks like I'd be better off with a paper map and a yard stick. I guess you can't get a decent combo for less than 1k.
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Looks like I'd be better off with a paper map and a yard stick. I guess you can't get a decent combo for less than 1k.

Ok,I,ve read the other posts and thought I'd add my .02 as well.
I run a HDS-8 Gen II with Sonar Hub and a TM-150 on my big boat,Thinking of buying the 9" Carbon this spring.

Been a Lowrance guy forever and had several LMS units too. Now, if you get the Hook-7 with the Navionics+ chip package(50.00) more that the base unit, you will get a good deal on that cartridge. I have a Navionics platinum on my HDS-8 and I like the Navionics plus so much that I put it in the HDS when I use it.
I bought the Hook-7 for my River Boat last year and it has a surprising amount of features for the price.It is slower,even compared to the Gen II,but then I have over 2800 in $$ invested in the HDS-8 with the original Lss-1 and now the Sonar hub and new Ducer,so for 549.00 that I paid for my Hook-7 I have no beef,other than the slow chart updates- and now Lowrance has an update out that speeds up the Chart updates.Haven't used it with the upgrade yet though.

So go ahead,pull the trigger on the Hook-7 it is worth what you are paying for it.I am in agreement with a few others here in that ,if you are a fisherman,you don't want a Garmin- stick with the guys that have been making us all better fishermen since the 60's !!

I am considering selling one or both of my old units when I buy the Carbon,but this is not a solicitation as I might keep them for my brother's boat anyway.

Let us know how you make out.Best of luck.
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Looks like I'd be better off with a paper map and a yard stick. I guess you can't get a decent combo for less than 1k.
I think the Simrad go7s are about 600.
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I emailed the guys at the gps store and their recommendation for my price range was the Garmin 74sv, hook 7 and raymarine dragonfly 7. What's the difference between the 74 and 73 sv? It appears that it just the loaded maps. Couldn't I buy the 73 on clearance from cabela's and add a chip for the coastal maps? The 2 garmins are non chirp. Is the chirp option a lot better?
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Looks like my work here is done

Mcsd63- That site regularly skirts the bounds of fair and honest advertising. I have told them about it several times. If you are going to take their advice on a fish finder,I will reiterate again-Good Luck- you're going to need it.

Respectfully,
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Unless you need networking capabilities, the HDS series is overkill for you. If you are looking just for sonar, downscan and mapping, the Hook7 is a great unit at a great price.
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Originally Posted by mcsd63 View Post
I emailed the guys at the gps store and their recommendation for my price range was the Garmin 74sv, hook 7 and raymarine dragonfly 7. What's the difference between the 74 and 73 sv? It appears that it just the loaded maps. Couldn't I buy the 73 on clearance from cabela's and add a chip for the coastal maps? The 2 garmins are non chirp. Is the chirp option a lot better?
Don't make the same mistake as so many others. What you see every day on the screen is far more important than the small differences in the capabilities of unit A vs. unit B. Go look at maps first and study the details of the areas you will be running closely. Once you find the map you can live with, then choose a unit. If you will be running proximate to land masses, the garmin options (chip or no chip) will provide your worst viewing and least accurate experience. The unit is only as useful to you as the chart it can run. If you still can't get by the marketing and insist on a Garmin, there are plenty for sale that are very new on line by others who were in your shoes not too long ago and realized afterward their assumption about the maps not really likely being much different from others was wrong. No reason to pay a premium to buy a brand new Garmin with so many others that are nearly new for sale. You could probably pick on up for less than 50% of new. With respect to Chirp, there is is very little to no difference in my experience, and particularly in shallower areas.

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