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Old 06-23-2014, 06:52 PM   #1
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Default Better bottom machine/GPS than garmin 740 under $1000?

I currently have a garmin 740s and have been pleased with it so far. I heard rumors before I purchased it that the bottom machine is lacking to other units in the same class. Anybody here know if that's true or do you have a recommendation for another unit under $1000? OR what about a transducer change? Would that make a difference?
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I have been shopping and researching GPS/FF combos for past 2 weeks. Even started a thread on here about it. Near as I can tell Garmin is probably better than Lowrance or Humminbird but Humminbird is less expensive. Also, (just my sense of it) Simrad, Raymarine and Furuno make damd fine units but are priced higher for similar features. I've had a couple of guides tell me they use Garmin because they seem to hold up longer/better. I am also convinced that your GPS/FF is something you should put as much money into as you are comfortable with -- you'll be glad in the long run. Good luck
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Not under 1k but for another 250$ get a simrad 8" screen and be blown away at how much better it works than the 740s just my .02
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Thanks guys. Skiffman, what model in particular?
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I have a 740s and just added the new Lowrance Elite 7 Chirp fishfinder. Wish I'd bought another 740s. I use a thru-hull with the Garmin and maintain bottom lock at 35mph. Shows me plenty of detail in the 0-300ft range, which is where I target fish. The screen is just too small when in split mode, that's why I bought the Lowrance. The Lowrance with the transom transducer is nowhere as good ad the Garmin.
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Love my Humminbird 12 years running strong side imaging has its advantages
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I fish behind both the Garmin 740 and the Lowrance Elite 7. I like the Lowrance better due to the dual frequency sonar. I found the Lowrance with transducer for $600 shipped online.
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We have a 740s and are very pleased with it, coming from an ancient lowrance unit. The only thing I wish it had (and simrad has it) is the ability to touch a spot on the sonar screen and mark the waypoint. I believe you can scroll through the sonar as well on the simrad, although I am not sure how much data it stores.
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Get the Humminbird 998.....grateful side scan, easy to use, and dependable. ..
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A fathometer is only as good as the transducer. Get the cheapest transducer and you get a minimal machine. A great transducer often can cost more than the machine.
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