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Old 06-03-2014, 09:32 AM   #11
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Gotta go with Garmin. Bought my 1st handheld for $1100.00 in 1993. Just installed a new Lowrance CHIRP sounder. PITA to use. Much prefer my Garmin 740s. can get the 720S for around $500.00 now.
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Old 06-03-2014, 09:37 AM   #12
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Another vote for Garmin here.
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Old 06-03-2014, 11:25 AM   #13
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what i hear you saying is you need a 2500 dollar unit with a $800 dollar chirp tducer to fish a 100 ft of water. Gee i wish ida thought of that lol.
I don't know if that was directed at me or not. If it was, I do not necessarily need or want all the bells and whistles. I've caught plenty of fish over the years with just a regular black and white FF, and GPS that was not a chartplotter - one on which you had to manually put the numbers in.

Nowadays, however, you cannot buy a FF/GPS without a bunch of new features on it. I was simply asking a question about a couple of units in a certain price range and asked for other suggestions in that department.
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Old 06-03-2014, 11:36 AM   #14
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I'll have to agree with everyone else who threw their hats in to Garmin. Within that price range, probably the best bang for your buck. We have owned and used several, and our portable "backup" is a Garmin. So, my personal opinion is, "you can't go wrong with a Garmin as a basic all around GPS and FF". I think most of them have an SD card reader now days, so convienient for loading programmed SD FishChips.

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Old 06-03-2014, 11:49 AM   #15
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Garmin 541 just went on sale here locally without transducer. Best thing is the transducer I have for former FF is interchangeable with the 541. I think that pretty much sealed the deal for me. All I will need to do is install the new bracket, and I am off. Talk about simple, and simple I like. Fishing does not have to be rocket science, but it should be fun.
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Old 06-03-2014, 12:23 PM   #16
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I had a humminbird 698 ci DI Combo put on my new boat when I got it.

Complicated is an understatement, but its not so much so that you cant learn it, it just takes time.

A couple of my own observations-

1. The 5" screen is pretty much useless if you put all 3 modes (Down imaging, Crossfire and Side imaging) onscreen at the same time. Splitting between 2 of the 3 isnt bad, I generally go with the Down Image and the Side Scan together.

2. Without the map card you get what amounts to a Tom Tom map. It gives you the basic outline of the body of water youre on and the track youve followed but thats about it. No depth indications. You can however mark a spot on the map and save the depth readings from all the modes, basically creating your own map. Those points can be exported to any SD card for later reference and even use a computer to create maps, I just havent figured out how to do that yet.

3. I used it for the first time in the bay between Destin and Shalimar yesterday and it seemed the stock map was just a bit off. At a couple of points the map showed me driving across land when I was in 4 to 5 feet of water 200 yards from shore, but maybe the outlined area was just marking the channel, I was just outside the channel markers when I noticed the discrepancy.

Overall, Im happy with mine for what I do- fishing small lakes and rivers, however, if I was using it like it was meant to be used I would opt for the larger screen. I wouldnt have bothered with the GPS function at all myself but I chose the unit for the other functions and the GPS was just part of the package.

If you go with the 5" screen I do recommend having it mounted where you will do your fishing. Mine is mounted on the console, about 4 feet behind my front chair where I operate the trolling motor so Im always having to turn around and look at the screen. I wanted the Humminbird installed on the bow and keep the original Lowrance X4 Pro that was stock on the console for use while driving but BPS said I wouldve had to wait for them to order an extension cable for the transducer which woulde put my delivery time to a week or more. I wasnt waiting so now I end a day of fishing with a kink in my neck and I have an extra fish finder to figure out what Im going to do with.
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Old 06-03-2014, 01:27 PM   #17
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Garmin !!!!!!!!!
Simple to use and the only unit I've ever had that has lasted 7 years and still going
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