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I just upgraded to a 9" Lowrance from a 5" Garmin (haven't installed the new unit yet) but I'll explain why I did. I share my boat with my dad who is approaching 70. He lives in NE Florida now, but these are not his home waters. For him to feel comfortable taking the boat out alone, he wanted better maps than the 5" Garmin could display. Sounds like since safety is your biggest concern, you may want to upgrade to a larger size. I will say the 5" screen generally worked just fine for me. It was a pain when I would take the boat offshore to fish structure, but other than that, the map size was fine. Wish it had more detail. I'm expecting to be blown away with the larger unit but we'll see.
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