fish finder help
Trying to decide which one to get. A garmin 400 or a lowrance m68c s/map. The garmin costs alittle more but is it worth it. I want a unit with a map,chartplotter.Trying to stay about $400 in price. Which one do u think is better? Need help, dont want to regret buying the wrong one.
Where are you gonna use it? River, Bay, Offshore?
My .02 worth, get 2 seperate units, one GPS, and a bottom machine...
My reasoning is if your unit goes down, you loose both readings... Just
my take on that..
I agree with Capt Skid on separate units. For GPS you can't do better than Garmin. I had one of their early sounders and it didn't live up to my expectations, would have been fine for the bay but I needed an offshore capable machine.
Lowrance..... A good machine for a premium price. I haven’t kept up with sounders since I bought my Furuno but I think you can do better for the same money with another brand.
Its realy hard to buy bad electronics these days. Most complaints I hear are because of poor installation or somebody didnt do their homework. I have no fewer than three GPS units on my boat 4 if you include the handheld. I didnt put them all on at once but have added them over time. One is a Raytheon that was on the boat when I bought it. I bought the Garmin all inclusive unit with the enhanced maps at the time. Nav aids with depth contours was what I was after. Ive had 3 or 4 different Garmins over the years and being familiar with them made it an easy choice. It had the sounder and It did me OK until I fell In love with the side imaging sonar that humminbird put on the market. I found a 797 and # 3 got installed. The Humminbird is now my dedicated sounder and the Garmin is my GPS and the Raytheon is just a backup. I complained at first because Humminbird didnt offer the sonar unit as a stand alone. I no longer complain about that because I can locate the structure, Freeze the image, move a cursor to the part of the structure I want to fish, and then I get a position in long and lat that puts me on it. Yes I know it has limits but for the fishing I do in the bay I would not be without it. I like Garmin because I know how to use it. I can navigate the menus and features. Its not because its more acurate or more dependable, Its just easy for me.
My last Lowrance unit gave me nothing but problems, switched to Garmin (498) 3 years ago, no problems. I also carry a Garmin handheld for backup.
208 Grady White