Fishfinder/GPS Combo - Recommendations?

Catalina CD

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May 14, 2011
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Jamie Hmielak
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I'm looking into getting a combo unit, and have no idea where to start. I've got a 17' Mako, and do most of my fishing around Catalina Island. Currently I've got seperate GPS & fishfinder units, which are 15 years old. Both are in dire need of replacement. I'm not familar with the new technology. Any advice would great appreciated...:D
 
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tanner.s

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Elite 7 is the cheapest way to get into the newer technology. Elite 5 even cheaper.

There are better manufacturers but Lowrance is easiest.
 
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909MARIO

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Love the simrad. I know its money but man its nice. The 4g radar is sweet also. I fish Cat a lot, you need to get the structure scan, its so easy to find fish around Cat using it. Helps with hooping also
 
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collector21

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Jul 10, 2011
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I have a Elite 7 with the Nautic Insite Pro card and it works great. Get the 50hz transducer option, works way better than the 83 (I have both on my boat).
 
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collector21

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What makes the 50hz option better over the 83hz?
The 50hz has much deeper penetration, will show fish at deeper depths, has more power and is a true 50hz (separate crystals for the 200hz and 50hz modes where the 83 uses a 200hz crystal and divides the signal to get the 83hz). It is much larger, 3-4 times the size of the 83hz. The 83hz is designed for shallow fresh water. I loose bottom readings when it gets over 100' deep and deeper fish also. I use the 83hz when fishing the lakes here is Arizona and the 50hz when over in SoCal.
 
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Catalina CD

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Jamie Hmielak
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Steiger Craft 21 Miami
The 50hz has much deeper penetration, will show fish at deeper depths, has more power and is a true 50hz (separate crystals for the 200hz and 50hz modes where the 83 uses a 200hz crystal and divides the signal to get the 83hz). It is much larger, 3-4 times the size of the 83hz. The 83hz is designed for shallow fresh water. I loose bottom readings when it gets over 100' deep and deeper fish also. I use the 83hz when fishing the lakes here is Arizona and the 50hz when over in SoCal.

Cool...thanks!
 
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MoMo Fish

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For a few bucks more you can support a local company plus biggest benefit is the warranty they provide that Amazon can't. Electronics fail and when they do having a no question asked return policy goes a long way..

Found even a better deal on Amazon. Got the Chirp 7 with the 50hz transducer for only $450!

Amazon product
 
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Catalina CD

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May 14, 2011
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Avalon, CA
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Jamie Hmielak
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Steiger Craft 21 Miami
For a few bucks more you can support a local company plus biggest benefit is the warranty they provide that Amazon can't. Electronics fail and when they do having a no question asked return policy goes a long way..

It's sold thru Amazon from a company called Get Feet Wet Navigation, which is a 3rd party vendor. They are actually based out of Moorpark, CA, so it is local. They have a similar return policy as West Marine. Best part is that this unit with the 50hz transducer sells for $599 on West Marine, so I'm saving $150!
 
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