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  • ALASKAN_ADVENTURER
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    Just don't buy a Ray Marine unless you are a IT guy, very hard to use and company support is a Joke,
    I have a simple Lowrance on a skiff in Florida and it is easy to work,, Don't think you can beat Garmin, There Aircraft stuff is great

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  • Car2n
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    Garmin Echomap Plus 95sv here.
    I like the 9" touch screen. The included transducer does side scan but the cool feature is a 3D underwater view.
    I'm not looking for fish but it's nice to know where the bottom is.
    I had a 5" Garmin that came with the boat. It paled in comparison to the 9".

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  • fritzman
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    A good recap of all the offerings and with all the shows in progress a new batch will be on the market, my next upgrade will be a laptop so I can see,

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  • billfish3r
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    Ive been using the Garmin Striker 4 for quite some time now. My old one broke down to the point where I could no longer repair it. So I bought the Garmin Striker 4 as a replacement which I think is a massive upgrade to the old one. Id definitely recommend the Garmin for fish finders.

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  • builderdude
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    Originally posted by FISHIN00 View Post
    Before you haul out for the year, place a 4ft level on the gunnel, make note of where the bubbles are. When on the trailer or stand you then try to recreate the boat stance on the water. You then can adjust the transducer to where there is undisturbed water flow over it., usually with 50% of the transducer below the hull. You want to have a very slight angle down at the rear of the transducer. If you have a rooster tail, slightly raise the rear. I can read my Lowrance Hook2 5" Split Shot at just over 25Mph with clarity.
    Good info you’ve provided😁
    My ducer has been adjusted to coincide with the boats attitude in the water at speed. My synopsis is my 25’ I/O cruiser likely creates quite a bit more turbulent water flow beneath the hull at the transducers location than a smaller type runabout would. My 1800 kept tracking depth at 45 mph but the larger/deeper hull of the 25’ cruiser displaces a ton more water creating a fair amount of water aeration. I’ve decided I can live with it😆

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  • FISHIN00
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    Originally posted by builderdude View Post
    Since this thread has been resurrected I’ll update:



    Adding to this:
    I've moved the ducer to the exterior of the transom end of last season. It seems that after several hours in the engine bay with the main running it would get warm enough to quit reading depth. Now being on the exterior of the transom I’ve had no issues other than it’ll still loose readings up on plane most likely do to turbulent water passing by.
    If I had to do it over I’d go with a larger screen but for the money I spent I feel it’s a great unit.
    Before you haul out for the year, place a 4ft level on the gunnel, make note of where the bubbles are. When on the trailer or stand you then try to recreate the boat stance on the water. You then can adjust the transducer to where there is undisturbed water flow over it., usually with 50% of the transducer below the hull. You want to have a very slight angle down at the rear of the transducer. If you have a rooster tail, slightly raise the rear. I can read my Lowrance Hook2 5" Split Shot at just over 25Mph with clarity.

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  • JvilleJeff74
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    Raymarine ELEMENT! It's like the Axiom, but without all the extra networking stuff... pure fishfinding and maps. Very happy with it.

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  • builderdude
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    Same here, not sure there’s anything to remedy that. Mine is located slightly below the bottom of the hull.

  • Centerline2
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    my transducer is also transom mounted and it also loses signal when on plane... very irritating because it takes about 30-45 seconds to "find" the bottom after coming to a stop....

  • Gsherwood
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    I also have the Simrad GO7XSE and really like it. Got it on sale at WM.

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  • builderdude
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    Since this thread has been resurrected I’ll update:

    Originally posted by builderdude View Post
    The dragonfly I purchased is basically the wifish with a screen. I like it but even at 7" I find the screen to small. I've grown accustom to using the user friendly iPad (via Navionics) as my plotter and just using the dragonfly to confirm depth in the areas I'm not familiar with. BTW I've got the "transom mount" ducer setting on the bottom of the hull in the engine bay. Seems to work fine only at low speeds. More testing to come.
    Adding to this:
    I've moved the ducer to the exterior of the transom end of last season. It seems that after several hours in the engine bay with the main running it would get warm enough to quit reading depth. Now being on the exterior of the transom I’ve had no issues other than it’ll still loose readings up on plane most likely do to turbulent water passing by.
    If I had to do it over I’d go with a larger screen but for the money I spent I feel it’s a great unit.

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  • Centerline2
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    Originally posted by fritzman View Post
    One of my gripes is the learning curve for so many of the units out on the market,
    this is the largest problem most of us face as we get older... by the time we know how to run the unit we just bought a few months ago, its nearly obsolete....

    one can go to the manufactures website and download the full 240 page manual for the units, but then again, its a learning curve as we work our way thru the text book to find out how to operate the features we bought the unit for..... and there are too many feature that clutter the menus that most of us will never use... there should be a way to archive all this un-needed information within the unit and not show ANY of it or options for it on the menus.. but still have it available if one wants to retrieve it from the archive.
    this would remove a lot of the confusion when trying to find the right menu/setting when the boat is rocking around in rough weather, or trying to understand the meaning of some pop up menu that we dont even know what it does...



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  • fritzman
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    One of my gripes is the learning curve for so many of the units out on the market, since I have the Lowrance unit it works but still not 100 in tune with the scanner, in addition there seams to be a lack of good basic information available.

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  • Centerline2
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    as usual, after posting, I find my reply is right on time and a couple years late.... but I still have an opinion so rather than deleting it im going to leave it alone ;-)

    , I cant get the link for global supply to come up...
    but as for stand alone fish finders, my opinion is that unless one is buying a basic unit, the value isnt there for the more expensive units, because for another couple hundred dollars one can have an even better unit WITH gps included...

    I agree Lowrance has come a long way in the past few years and they have some great units out there now... I have always been a garmin fan, and still am mostly but that may be changing due to my impression of the lowrance products.
    My brother bought the HDS7 for his boat, and what it doesnt have included, a person doesnt really need.... if one wants to, they can start adding on accessories and connecting into the backbone, and get the boat to do whatever has been programmed into the lowrance unit... and raymarine has gotten their electronics and support going good now, after several years of problems and poor customer service....

    I dont feel you can go wrong with any of these 3, but for a stand alone fish finder, I think there are some other decent units out there but I have no experience with them...

    my boat was outfitted with a lowrance (not an HDS7) at the lower helm and a garmin on the upper (both combo units), and the lowrance is capable of more than I will ever be able to learn how to operate, so if I had a choice, I would trade the cost of some of the bells and whistles for a larger screen...

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  • builderdude
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    Yea, it'll be interesting to see what happens to Navionics now that Garmin is at the helm. IMO I hope it stays as is.
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