$1,500.00 budget for a plotter / sounder. What would you buy?

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  1. Johnlgarrison

    Johnlgarrison The ultimate goal is memories not dreams.

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    I have a 23' Aquasport walk around cuddy. I have a Garmin that is 10 years old and want to upgrade. I want a unit that has a split screen that will show both the plotter and the sounder on the same screen.

    What would you buy? What would you stay away from?

    I would appreciate your feedback
     
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    What I would buy is what I actually did buy :) for my 22' project boat, a used Furuno FCV-585 color video sounder ($600) and a used Garmin 3210 color GPS chart plotter ($600).
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Ford , Chevy?..

    Everyone has there preference...

    Bigger question, how big of a screen do you want, there is a huge price difference between a small one and big one..

    I have a feeling you will be buying a a lowance or a garmin..
     
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    Have a Lowrance HDS 7, wish I had known more about Simrad. World of difference.
     
  5. skillett

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    I just bought a lowrance elite hdi 7 chirp...680.oo delivered from hodges....with your bigger budget I would look at the simrad chirp line/side scan.....good luck, it toom me weeks to pull the trigger!
     
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    There should be some good deals coming up for X-mas. I'd see what promotions are going on right now. Best thing to do is go someplace that you can actually see the units, see which one you like the most, what interface makes the most sense to you.

    One thing to consider is the ducer. Don't blow all of your money on the head unit and then skimp on the ducer. Other way around. Buy a decent unit and then make sure you have a good ducer.
     
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    Furuno, Simrad or Raymarine....
     
  9. disD1

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    The new Furuno transom mount, dual frequency transducer, with speed and temp, was only $110.

    How I rationalized going with separate units is that I wanted what I consider to be the best sounder and also the best GPS plotter (for the money). And I did not want to compromise this with a combination machine. My aim was to buy these units at approximately 1/3 of their retail price; therefore I had to buy used. Also separate screens means double the image size, as it need not be split.
     
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    Hey John,

    Check out member semperfifishing posts on this site and on www.thehulltruth.com/semperfifishing-135/. He has tons of articles on electronics and there are also some big price reductions from most manufacturers right now.
    I think chirp is the way to go for whatever unit you decide to buy. Good luck.
     
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    aguachico I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Not all setups are the same and you have to start with the type of fishing you plan to do. Semperfi will assist you.

    I upgraded last year. First I needed to put replace a thru hull transducer, so I did it with the side scan2 from Lowrance, then I upgraded my transom mount. In hindsight I wish the were reversed and I put the side scan on the transom and the down scan on the thru hull.

    Buy the biggest screen you can fit and afford.
     
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    Juan--check this out.
     
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    Anything new on this? Any new opinions?
    I'm kinda looking to upgrade to a larger screen and have a $1,200 - $1,500 budget.
     
  15. got2fishsd

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    I just got the garmin 70s with a p66 transducer.

    I also added the gcv 10 with sidevu.

    As of right now I am not that impressed w sidevu/downvu. If I did it again I would go with the garmin again just not the sidevu/downvu.

    I was hoping the CHIRP would be better than it is.
     
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    one thing I would suggest regardless what you go with use a thru hull transducer,,,or ( inhull) instead of a transom mount... there are so many install varables with transom mounts , as with turberlance , air bubbles, position on transom, anlgle etc... you will get better readings with thru hull...
     
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    Thanks for the info...I was dead-set on a Lowrance unit but all this talk about Garmins, Furunos and Simrads have me really thinking.

    Hmm, I thought I was told by Humminbird (my current unit) that a thru hull transducer won't see through a fiberglass hull?
     
  18. RyanErb

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    There is a difference between a thru hull and in hull. Thru-hull you actually drill a hole in the bottom of your boat, then its for sure to see all the water below.
    Check out this site that explains the difference : http://www.raymarine.com/view/?id=199
     
  19. sueno

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    Lowrance HDS12m on sale for $1499. A deal!

    I just got one!!
     
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    Got it...thanks
    Drilling holes below the water line scares the crap out of me...guess I already have one for the bait tank though.
     

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