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You might waant to check out Garmin's website they have an online store and can save you some $$$$$

I bought a recon. 3210 on E bay w/ warranty for around the price you plan to spend.

I don't know for sure but I bet Ray Marine also has an online store. I personally like the combo units you can overlay Radar and XM weather on the chartplotter.

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I have yet to experience any consistantissue's with split screen units, and I've installed one or two! For the kind of money you are budgeting, look at the Lowrance or the Garmin. Both have a lot to offer, and are easy to use. Garmin does have charts already built in, so you dont have to buy any additional maps, but the Lowrance card for the whole country is only about $99. Feel free to call with any questions.
 

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For what its worth, I agree with most. I like the Lowrance lineup and the networking capacity they have. If I had it to do over I would have bought separate units. The screens are just too small for split screen usage unless you're standing on top of the unit.
 

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If you step into the C series with raymarine and go with the c70 or c80 you will be happier with the larger screen and features. You can get a refurbished one for close to your price range. I ahve even seen some internet specials which may get you there. The comments from the others about screen size are right on. THis is the big drawback of an all in one unit. Electronics are the second most (the first being reliable power) important feature on a fishng boat so get the best you can afford. You may be able to save on installation by asking some on here to help.
 

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I have a Garmin 498c on my bay boat and love it.

For inshore fishing the split screen is no problem, bur I am also only using the sounder to keep an eye on my depth. It I was outfitting an offshore boat I would surely go with seperate units.
 

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It might help if you tell us where you'll be using the equipment(inshore, nearshore, offshore) and what size of boat the equipment is going on...

For example, I fish inshore from a 17' boat - I've got a Humminbird depth/fish finder and a Garmin GPS. The Humminbird communicates with the GPS so I really only look at one screen,but, if for whatever reasonthe depth finder goes out then I can still use my Garmin to get me home. My setup only cost me about $600 or so.

But, my buddy's boatis a 24' offshore boat- he's gota Raymarine chartplotter/GPS/Radar thingee that costs a few thousand.

The point being, where you go and what you're going to be doing will dictate what kind of setup you need.
 

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I have the Garmin 545s and love it, it has great built in charts, the g2 vision card is awesome, you can add xm satellite weather, and play xm radio on your boat stereo system. I like having the combo because you only have to look one place. It is a digital sounder and has great resolution. If money wasn't an issue, then I would probably have gotten two separate monitors but for $1130 it gives you a great unit that you can expand with the weather or g2 vision card later.

 

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I'm on the seperate unit boat (no pun intended). I would never buy a combo. If one goes bad or becomes obsolete, your out both units. I have seperate units now. My FF is fairly new but my GPS is obsolete. I only have to buy 1!!!
 

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Combo units are nice but as stated before screen size is a big issue. I have a garnin combo and also a portable hand held garmin gps and a ray marine fish finder on the boat as back up just in case.Moast of the time I use the combo on gps only until I get near the hole then I turn on hand held and take my combo to bottom machine. I know it kinda defeats the purpose of a combo but sometimes on run betwwen holes I put it on the combo.
 
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