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    Fish Finder with GPS for Element

    Has anyone with an Element series (E16, E18, E21, XL) installed a Fish finder/GPS combo? There are soooooo many and I'm trying to figure out the best one. I also would like to see where people are mounting them due to the limited dash space on these models. I really like the Garmin Striker 7CV and Raymarine Dragonfly 7.

    Pictures are greatly appreciated!!!

    #2
    "The best one"" will cost you thousands.....sideVu, etc. You need to set a budget. What will fit on an e-18....depends on how obtrusive you can tolerate. Only a small pedestal will fit on the dash..the factory fishfinder, which kinda sucks, is the Lowrance Hook III with a 3" or 4" screen. It is not a chartplotter and the screen is too small for charplotting IMO

    I have a better, bigger one on our bigger boat....a Garmin 700 series (I think) Echomap. It too is pretty cheap....maybe $500. Not sure if it is a 7" or 9" screen. Not fancy sidevu, though. I would love to have it on the E18, but it would be very obtrustive. I would need to remove the deflector/windscreen, or mount it on the port side.

    So...I really have little useful information for you......

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      #3
      Added a Garmin Striker 4 to our e16.
      Rip in Nevada
      2017 Element e16

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      • coolcam20
        coolcam20 commented
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        That lake looks awesome. Where were you at on that pic?

      #4
      Fish finders are a big topic to cover. Consider what you want to see with the finder and what maps you might invest in. You could purchase the same fish finder with different transducers depending on your fishing style. I have 2 units, 1 primarily for mapping and the other for finding - although 2 is overkill for most. The Lowrance Elite TI 7" is the more expensive of the 2 units at around $800, the Garmin 93Sv is one generation earlier but has a bigger non-touch screen. If I had to choose it would be the Garmin for the bigger screen and ease of use. The Lowrance has the most features and for a all in 1 under $1k it will do everything you need and more. Some deals include a full HD map. You would typically need to invest in a $150 map to get the most benefit.

      Keep in mind that finding fish on a fish finder is tricky or at least it is for me, I mostly look for structure. I use a combination of CHIRP and down scan. You will probably end up using the device more for depth and mapping. I would be lost without depth finding.

      I have the F sieries with a console but still little place to mound. The Ram Mount is nice to allow the fish finder of any size and shape to be positioned how you want and solid as a rock. Another $100 though.

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        #5
        Saw this one today at west Marine. It looked pretty solid for the price. https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/592993

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          #6
          Originally posted by coolcam20 View Post
          Saw this one today at west Marine. It looked pretty solid for the price. https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/592993
          You can't go wrong with a top Brand like Garmin, Raymarine or Simrad or any of the others...
          I went with the Simrad Go5 XSE with Navionics and TotalScan transducer for $589,

          You're right the dash is tiny on our E18! The Simrad like most has a pylon type mount that comes with it, here's some pix:

          https://photos.app.goo.gl/HoWyurYkTwie4WJW9

          https://photos.app.goo.gl/VoRdjn8zVdGKezaB7

          https://photos.app.goo.gl/W1EkZ3e63aY1C6hx6

          https://photos.app.goo.gl/6d7pqgxP1ghoqkjo9

          https://photos.app.goo.gl/6xZJrQ3wiM8YkFYY6

          For the wire I used a PYI "cable gland" to go through the hull up in the engine well.
          2016 E18 115 Merc

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            #7
            Originally posted by Rip2017 View Post
            Added a Garmin Striker 4 to our e16.
            Installed the same one on mine. I had the 5CV on my previous boat, which was nice but for the money the 4 has the same transducer with a smaller screen.

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              #8
              I have an elite 4 that works well. I installed it using a drillless transom Mount from Bass Pro and made a cup holder mount using a cheap cup holder from Walmart. No holes drilled into the boat. The hard part was pulling the transducer cable. Use lots of wire lube. The element has dedicated wires for a depth finder, purple and yellow, that made powering the unit easy but only with the key on. I will look for a way to move the line to keep power on for drift fishing.


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                #9
                I will there was a fish finder on the market that could be flat mounted on the dash. Something with the form factor/size of a phone. I am not a serious fisherman and it would be nice to have something low profile.

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                  #10
                  There are many different apps for phones that do chart-plotting and fish finding. The most popular is Navionics. A buddy has a waterproof pouch that is mounted to his helm for the phone. The charts are extremely detailed, and it connects to the transponder.
                  "The Profit"
                  Sunny Florida
                  2018 E16 75 hp: Corrected Center of Gravity, Very Dry Sponsons with Drains, SC1000 Gauge, Bennett SLT10 trim tabs, Racor Fuel/Water Separator.

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