GPS/FF Combo - What do you have?

Discussion in 'Power it up with Electronics' started by Gramps, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. Gramps

    Gramps Living & Dying in 3/4 Time

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    I am planning a new project and starting the research, now I need your help! Like the title says, what combo unit do you run? Pros & Cons? It will be for freshwater, saltwater inshore and near shore use. I would like to stay under $400 also.


    Thanks!
     
  2. gmckee1

    gmckee1 www.pineislandangler.com

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    I have a Garmin 440s on my Beavertail and have no complaints. Great graphics, very easy to use, and comes loaded with maps for the entire US coast. It would probably be a little bulky for a true micro like a Gheenoe but it would give you everything you'd need. I paid just around $440 but they've probably come down in price a bit.
     

  3. paint it black

    paint it black Paddling away...

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    My buddy bought an Eagle for $450 and it worked for a couple months, then the screen died out.
    Only the backlight would work.
    Now, it does absolutely nothing.

    It's the exact model as another guy we knows Lowrance.
    Same unit, same transducer, same gps antenna.
    The only difference is the name on the unit.

    I've heard that the screens going is a very common thing on Lowrance & Eagle units.

    I would look into Garmin.
    But I think it might be tough to find something in your price range.

    The Garmin 545s is a great unit but it goes for around $700

    The Lowrance/Eagle will need the Navionics chip that runs for about $199.99

    So figure the $450.00 plus $199.99.
    Better off with the Garmin.
     
  4. Brett

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  5. Gramps

    Gramps Living &amp; Dying in 3/4 Time

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    Thanks for the info guys. Garmin's are nice units but pricey! Does anyone have experience with the Hummingbird 383c?


    Brett - I know, I know. ;)
     
  6. MATT

    MATT Well-Known Member

    Scuba Steve
     
  7. Lil_Tate

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    I have 545s Garmin. No complaints
     
  8. MATT

    MATT Well-Known Member

    http://www.scubastevesmarine.com/
     
  9. paint it black

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    How about an iPhone with the Navionics App?

    The App is 50 bucks.
    And if it works, it might be the cheapest route for a GPS.
    A few guys over on the South section from FS Forums said that the Biscayne Bay maps were good when they first came out.
     
  10. Gramps

    Gramps Living &amp; Dying in 3/4 Time

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    I do have an iPhone but have no desire to expose it to saltwater. Most likely I will go with the Garmin 540s.
     
  11. paint it black

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    Only one of my cell phones have ever taken a spill in the boat.
    And it was duck hunting in the STA.
    And it fell onto the floor of the Gheenoe.
    But my buddy had sat on the bow waiting for ducks to fly into the spread and water came rushing in the 'noe.
    So when the phone hit the floor of the 'noe it was submerged in water. :(









    I'm sure you'll be happy with the Garmin.
     
  12. islander1225

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    Garmin is the way to go, great company great product, and the best customer service, i sold marine electronics for 7 years and by far garmins was the only company that if a customer had a issue i didnt say to myself crap i have to call them.


    Alex
     
  13. TomFL

    TomFL Well-Known Member

    This is what I've been running since 2004:

    http://www.lowrance.com/en/Products/Marine/Compact-Sonar-Fishfinders/M68C-SMap/

    Lowrance M68C S-Map. Small unit, very sensitive and big enough to see from the bow. Shows all the pilings (nice for running at night) as well as your plotted trail.

    I've been running the same head unit on well....a bunch of hulls since I bought it. I picked up a few transducers and just install one on each hull I've had or taken the transducer off the old hull before I sold it. I use the PRDT-WSU shoot-through hull transducers so there is nothing hanging off the back.

    The head unit remains in the back of my truck when it's not on a boat, and has been beat up, dropped, stored in the car with the windows rolled up, etc. and it keeps on ticking.

    I think you should easily be able to find one within your price range

    -T
     
  14. out-cast

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    Lowrance 339c which is no longer produced. It's equivalent is the 525c...I think.
     
  15. Gramps

    Gramps Living &amp; Dying in 3/4 Time

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    That is a nice unit. But I need a good depth reading if I keep following you! :D
     
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