Recommendations for a new GPS/Fishfinder combo
Want to buy a new GPS fishfinder combo unit. Friend has the Lowrance 527C and he says its pretty good. Want to also get the Navionics chip so I can easily find my way home at night, Right now, I would rather pull the boat to Crab Creek instead of going home thru the rivers at night.
Here are a few of my thoughts -
1. I want a gps that easily can mark the 3 mile limit for stripers in winter.
2. Hate having to go thru too many menu choices to drill down to an option.
3. Don't need touchscreen but it is nice on the Garmin GPS Nuvi in my truck.
4. Want a color unit to see what I'm not catching.
5. Mostly a coastal boater but a 50/200 transducers makes sense.
6. Want to spend under $1K with the chip.
7. Screen resolution should be high pixels so I guess Hummingbirds are out. Prefer brands like Lowrance, Raymarine,etc.
8. Its going in a Grady and some say that I should get a unit with an external antenna for better reception on the GPS. My current Garmin GPS has a 6" little mushroom antenna (152C).
What do you recommend and where to buy. I'm been to West Marine but their demo units are limited as well as Boaters World. The internet shows many more items but I want to hear from users instead of watching something in 'demo' mode.
Thanks Guys (and Ladies)
LMS-525C DF Sonar/GPS Chartplotter Combo
LMS-525C DF | Lowrance
I got one when I got my Skiff. Works great.
ACF Marine Electronics is second to none...prices, customer service etc...Look here... GARMIN GPSMAP 3206 BUNDLE 3206 GDL30A GSD22 GMS10
A little more than you were looking to spend but if you are already using Garmin the transition is seamless...the bundle is awesome in flexibility...you get GDL30A WEATHER DATA RECEIVER, GSD22 "BLACK BOX" SOUNDER, GMS10 NETWORK PORT EXPANDER, you'll need a TRANSDUCER, the 50/200 along with this unit makes an awesome unit...I bought a 3210 bundle from them awhile back and couldn't be happier...
Oh yeah... the 32XX series come with pre-loaded maps that rock...no real need for a chip...
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Last edited by CaptBeach; 11-06-2008 at 02:18 PM.
The garmin looks very interesting - strange thing about boatings - always capable of spending a little more and we can justify it to ourselves.
I had a Lowrance and it was a POS. I suggest a Garmin or Raymarine. I personally have a Furuno, but they are a little pricy and I fish mostly offshore.
stick with the lowrance much easier to use if you have never poked around with garmin or raymarine, but i would wait until after christmas, the reason is they will be bringing out there new stuff witch is gonna be compatable with the navionics platinum plus, even there 5oo series the 525 and 527 which arent compatable with the platinum plus. also there new vehicle units are gonna be set up for people who have motorcycles, and you can put the plat. + in the unit. just some info for ya.
go with the Garmin!!!! Thenerds.net or nerds.net can't quite remember but excellent pricing!!
I've had good luck with garmin...unless you are getting a really big screen I wouldn't
advise the combo unit.... my boat had a combo garmin when I bought it but it was a
hassle changing screens so I bought a color sounder and just unplugged the transducer
from the garmin combo unit and plugged it into the garmin sounder.....
My boat came with a Lowrance, more hassle to remove it and shit can it- so I left it where it was.....never use it.
Originally Posted by lmontagnaj
Installed my kickass GARMIN on the dash......
The Garmin COMBO unit it just as awesome, you can have BOTH screens displayed at once. When in doubt use the owners manual