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Old 06-04-2012, 12:14 PM   #1
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I am looking to put some electronics on a 25 cc with twin outboards. The boat will be used mainly to bottom fish, so an easy to use GPS function is important - mainly for inputting new waypoints (computer based) and an accurate easy to use sounder function is important as well.

I am looking to spend around $2500 - $3,000 on a flush mount unit would like a 7 - 10 inch screeen.

I would also appreciate comment on thru hull vs transome mount transducers. I am leaning toward the thru hull.

Thanks for your help.
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:09 PM   #2
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I've been happy with my Lowrance HDS-7, though I wish I'd splurged on the 8 or 10" screen when I bought it. The skimmer transducers have been a little fragile and I will be replacing the current one with a through-hull tilted array unit when my current skimmer breaks off (I'm on the second or third one in just over two years).

I just added the side-scanning sonar a week ago (Paradise Marine did a nice job on the install) but haven't yet learned how to use it. The page refresh rates did get slower once the side-scanner was installed... I've heard that the Humminbird systems don't have this problem but I haven't seen one in person to know if that's true.

Hope this helps.
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Check out this bad-boy by SIMRAD, it is nice..http://www.simrad-yachting.com/Produ...ad-NSE8-NSE12/

The number in the model number is the screen size. Also, they are going to be around the budget you want to spend, and are well worth the investment I think.
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Old 06-06-2012, 06:41 AM   #4
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I have a Garmin 5212 with a 1 kw thru hull and I am vey happy with it. Get on the internet and you can get it in that price range. Maybe try BOE Marine.
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Put your money into the transducer and you will be happy.I have the thru hull at 1 kw also and have been really pleased with it. I can run 30 mph and read the bottom with the thru hull. I could never go very fast with my transom mounted transducer. I can also read bottom for deep dropping. I have been over 1000 feet and can read bottom.
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Last time I was in West Marine on Barrancas they had an Raymarine E120W in their sale cart for $1699. I would imagine it was their demo. Add a GPS Antenna, DSM 300 and and Airmar 1kw thru hull and you'll have a pretty sweet setup right at or maybe a little over your budget that you can add things like radar and an autopilot on to later and not have to add another display

Their are a few on here that will tell you to stay away from Raymarine, but I haven't had any negative experience and am pretty pleased.

And the 1kw thru hull is the only way to go IMO.
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Whatever you choose, go with the 1000w transducer. I'd also suggest a DSM and a heading compass. Remember that at the end of the day, the screen is only a graphic representation of the components. So put your money in good components.
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I've used Lowrance and Raymarine. I had the HDS 10 but now have the e127. The both have there perks. Thru hull if you can.
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Last time I was in West Marine on Barrancas they had an Raymarine E120W in their sale cart for $1699. I would imagine it was their demo. Add a GPS Antenna, DSM 300 and and Airmar 1kw thru hull and you'll have a pretty sweet setup right at or maybe a little over your budget that you can add things like radar and an autopilot on to later and not have to add another display

Their are a few on here that will tell you to stay away from Raymarine, but I haven't had any negative experience and am pretty pleased.

And the 1kw thru hull is the only way to go IMO.
That's what I have on my boat and it has been excellent over the past 3 years. No problems.
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I put a Garmin 5212 on my boat last winter and couldn't be happier. Was a little hesitant about the touch screen but am sold on it now. If you go that route, spend the extra few bucks on the gsd24 sound paired with a good >= 1k xducer.
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