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ebbtide357

Joined: 10/08/2005
Posts: 261
Location: Babylon
 posted 06/30/2011 10:26 PM  

looking for new gps fishfinder how about some input 20 foot sea ox center console want color what about the combo units? garmin lowrance etc. offshore ocasionally just looking to upgrade>?
 
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Joined: 04/11/2001
Posts: 11014
Location: Holbrook, NY
 posted 07/01/2011 08:54 AM  

I like the new Hummminbird with side scan. I have the 898 on a 21' center console myself. Budget is your biggest limiting factor.


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GoodChance

Joined: 11/21/2007
Posts: 510
Location: Bradenton, FL
 posted 07/01/2011 11:01 AM  

If you need just a GPS/sonar, look towards Raymarine. They have a great sonar and a very good GPS/plotter. Garmin has a great plotter but a poor sonar. Furuno is OK on both but difficult to use. Hummingbird and Lowrance are too new to the saltwater market to have any reliable information (repair records, user comments)


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George1


Joined: 11/12/2003
Posts: 1609
Location: Staten Island, New York
 posted 07/01/2011 05:14 PM  

GPS/ SONAR

I don't know about Hummingbird & Lowrance being to new?? Confused I've had my Lowrance 335cdf (gps/fish)for nine years and it works just great. Smile I use this on my 23'. I don't know what your price range is, but I think Raymarine is up in price. Confused


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surfinusa

Joined: 10/13/2006
Posts: 252
Location: Great South Bay
 posted 07/01/2011 05:54 PM  


I like my Raymarine setup. Awesome digital sonar. A few years ago I considered the Humminbird unit when the side scan first came out. Now that they have 3D downscan, if you have the means why not? I think Lowrance now offers a down/side scan imaging component as well.

Good luck!
 
paulie1


Joined: 07/06/2005
Posts: 164
Location: lindenhurst
 posted 07/01/2011 06:01 PM  

hummingbird

i have a 23 cobia which came with a hummingbird 900 series gps fishfinder combo. i have a transom mounted quad beam transducer with temp i have no complaints and like the unit. it came with my boat which is a 2004. i fish offshore and feel the unit has all the features i need and definitely helps me find fish ,locate structure, and get home in the dark or navigate an area that i am unfamiliar with.


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Peteroc317

Joined: 05/22/2010
Posts: 778
 posted 07/01/2011 06:15 PM  

Garmin 740s touchscreen antenna and sounder are built in all u need is the transducer. All together I paid 1650 and it was worth every penny. It's also radar and xm weather compatible.
 
WhatKnot


Joined: 09/20/2000
Posts: 871
Location: Astoria
 posted 07/02/2011 08:52 PM  

I love the GPS and FF functionality of the Raymarine A70 and was pleasantly surprised that the internal antenna worked despite being under a canvas T Top and recessed mounted in the console. Having said that I am very disappointed in the screen visibility - too dark and needs to be looked at direct on. Sunglasses deteriorate the view further.



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JimmyJig


Joined: 02/11/2011
Posts: 178
Location: Centereach
 posted 07/02/2011 09:19 PM  

Humminbird

I bought the Humminbird 998c si...The unit is just SICK...I can't say enough good things about it.The side imaging just blows me away the regular sonar is just awsome and the gps is right on the money.The first picture is a sunken boat in Mt Sinai harbor with the side image.Second and third are of striper and blue fish blitz....





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devontie


Joined: 02/23/2003
Posts: 1111
Location: Lake Grove NY
 posted 12/28/2011 01:42 PM  

Did you use that transducer that came with the 998c si?

I also fish in Mt Sinai and was thinking of getting that 898c si, I wonder if you can get a thru Hull transducer fr it.
 
Koz54


Joined: 05/28/2003
Posts: 6881
Location: Saint James
 posted 12/28/2011 01:55 PM  

devontie wrote:

Did you use that transducer that came with the 998c si?

I also fish in Mt Sinai and was thinking of getting that 898c si, I wonder if you can get a thru Hull transducer fr it.



through hull transducer for the Humminbird 898c

I just got the 898c SI and was thinking about going with the through hull transducer too. I think I read that you can exchange the transom mounted one that comes with the unit for no additional cost. I am going to look into that.



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devontie


Joined: 02/23/2003
Posts: 1111
Location: Lake Grove NY
 posted 12/28/2011 02:23 PM  

Koz54,

Do you mind me asking how much it cost?
 
Koz54


Joined: 05/28/2003
Posts: 6881
Location: Saint James
 posted 12/28/2011 02:35 PM  

devontie wrote:

Koz54,

Do you mind me asking how much it cost?



I don't mind at all. It cost me nothing since it was a gift Wink , the lowest price for the 898c SI I could find is $1,299.00 here





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This post edited by Koz54 02:36 PM 12/28/2011
 
devontie


Joined: 02/23/2003
Posts: 1111
Location: Lake Grove NY
 posted 12/28/2011 02:43 PM  

I like the price that you paid better, LOL.

Thanks for the reply, I'm going to call them to see about the thru hull.

Thanks again.
 
Koz54


Joined: 05/28/2003
Posts: 6881
Location: Saint James
 posted 12/28/2011 02:54 PM  

devontie wrote:



Thanks for the reply, I'm going to call them to see about the thru hull.



No problem, I have tried to call a few times the past couple of days. I hung up after being on hold 5+ minutes each time. I guess they are short staffed due to the holidays.

I found this on Humminbird's website. Apparently there is an additional charge for the through hull bronze or plastic transducer, but I'll bet is is considerably less than just buying it outright.

I will be ordering the Navionics Platinum East map upgrade soon. It just so happens it cost $199 and I have another 'gift' check for $200 waiting to be spent Wink

The unit looks real sweet, and I can't wait to see it in action! I will install it over the next couple of weeks.

The only down side about this unit I noticed so far was a lack of a printed user's guide. It comes with a CD, but that can be hard to use on the boat when trying to figure out all the features. I printed and bound the 140+ pages yesterday.



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