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Old 04-02-2012, 05:48 PM   #1
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Default Electronics - Raymarine or Lowrance

I'm upgrading the electronics on my Sailfish 236 and not looking to break the bank, but also looking for quality. Having spent time at the OBA Boat Show, I've narrowed it down between two Raymarine units - the newer e7d ($1600 +) and the older a57d ($589) and the Lowrance HDS 7 Gen 2 ($1149). I'm looking for thoughts as to which unit is the best for the price available. We rarely ever go more than 40 miles off shore. Is the newer technology worth the extra $$$? I know the a57d was highly regarded in it's day. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:01 PM   #2
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I know it isn't one of the ones you named but I have the A65 (came with the boat) and I hate it. I cant speak for Lowrance's customer service but Raymarine service sucks.

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Old 04-02-2012, 06:24 PM   #3
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Lowrance. I've never had to deal with the customer service. I've had the LCX-15 for 10 years now and never had a problem out of it.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:45 PM   #4
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I've been more than pleased with the raymarine products i have used, and I would highly recommend them. I installed an A57d on my boat a few years ago, after doing much research.

I also fish on strike two's tournament boat, and it's outfitted with raymarine, and I've been totally impressed. He use to fish a Sailfish, too, so he might be able to offer some good advice.
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