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Old 03-06-14
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G'day All,

I know this is a big one on a lot of the fishing forums, but as most of us here I appreciate the genuine advice so here goes....

Looking at sounders/plotters combos. Fishing varies from brown water gulfs and creeks to blue water (not excessive depths at this stage).

Would like something the 5-7" range, but one of the most important features is a screen that can be easily seen in the middle of the day!!!

Price range reasonable but by no means anywhere near that $2k mark or higher!!!!

I'm starting to treat the topic a bit like tyres - all the big brands will serve you well, a lot comes to preference so just go for one and stick with it. If that's the general feeling/advice then give me your suggested models and I'll have a look. Similarly if there are just some that you'd absolutely stay clear of I'd like to hear that too.

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i recently upgraded my boats to lowrance elite 7x fishfinder dual imageing come with down scan imaging for 299 extra i got gps antena for gps and gps data marking waypoints all up i think just under 1000 bucks very happy still trying to work it out but works great on my 5.8mtr
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HI,

Have the Lowrance HDS 8 Gen 2 (not the touchscreen) in our boat. You can now get the HDS 7 for about $1300. They are a great unit, esp coupled with the Structurescan unit.

Also heard good reports re the Garmin 750 (I think that's the model). It sells for about the same price and Signature use them in their boats. Lowrance Elite units are meant to be pretty good for the money.

Unfortunately, all units are hard to read in direct sunlight! We use a sunshield (like for the GPS units) on ours, which helps a lot.

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Simmo get back to work. you shouldn't have any time for fishing.
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I've got a Garmin 750 in my boat. Bought it for $1600 with transducer and Navionics gold card about 2-3 years ago. They are actually now discontinued and there seems to be two models that have replaced it. I think it's a 700 and a 751. I'm not sure on the differences between them and the 750 but the 751 is about the same price I paid and the 700 is quite a bit cheaper.

I've been really pleased with the 750. I can see the screen in pretty much all light that I've used it in. My boat now has a cuddy cabin but it was originally on my smaller boat which is a centre console with no cover. I like the touch screen - makes it very easy to use. The

I've been researching a new sounder recently. Some people rate the Furuno as the best sounder. Others say Furuno have rested on the laurels a bit lately and other brands have caught up now, whilst Furuno's are still the most expensive. From what I can tell even the Furuno fanboys say there isn't much difference unless you're fishing 50m+.
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Got a lowrance elite 4 on my boat, seems to do the job, i don't really know yet what I'm looking at!! Sounder imaging is all quite new to me.
havnt had any troubles in the sunlight but it isn't often in direct sun as i have a canopy, cant be without shade up here!!

i got the combo chartplotter version, very happy with it. I recommend having charts as well as a sounder, whether in one or two units. Having it in one unit means looking at one screen.

bigger is better, definitely. My mech said id want a bigger one and yes, whilst i would, the space on my boat doesn't really permit the nice 7+ inch displays easily.

definitely get a colour screen.

navionics gold cards are expensive. Depends where you fish. In some regions they just have the local area, and the card is cheaper.

anything should last and do the job these days, just get it installed properly and look after it (ie don't drop it) and it should last a long time.
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Thanks for your replies eceryone! Research so far has been pushing me towards Lowrance - either the Elite or HDS Gen2.

Hopefully the price will drop a fraction before the boat arrives!!

Wrex - you'll keep......

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I had the Furuno 620 now the 627 model and loved it, they are also doing great deals on the combo units if you buy ex the usa. Have a look at the GP1870F for around US$830, 1st rate and close to $2k here in Oz.

http://www.starmarinedepot.com/furun...ransducer.html

Starmarine are good to deal with

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Furuno is where it's at - I'd go them for sure. I have a Lowrance and I do rate it, just not as much as the Furuno's.
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I owned a WA fishing website for 3 years and this question always comes up.
Furuno for the Sounder (not for the GPS)
Lowerance or Raymarine for the GPS

It really comes down to how keen at fishing you are.
Best advice I can give is go as bigger screen as your budget allows you will never regret a bigger screen but you will always curse a small screen especially if it is a combo unit.

My setup is a Furuno 587 ($2500 with 1K tranny)
and a Raymarine E7D for a GPS Map ($1700)
This is the ducks nuts to 100 mtrs depth and probably a bit deeper as well.

If you want a all in one (ok if your not really trying to hit a small lump every time) the Raymarine E7D or Any of the Lowrances would be fine.
The Garmins in my opinion are hard to use and the pins at the back are a bit flimsy
I know a couple of pro Bream fisherman who swear by the Lowrance side scan for the Creeks and rivers and shallow ocean water (up to 40mtrs)
so in your case then this may suit you well.
Personal note touch screens are pretty much useless with wet bait slimy hands.
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