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zpeed7 posted 06-20-2003 11:21 PM ET (US)   Profile for zpeed7   Send Email to zpeed7  
I was thinking of getting the Intellimap 320 with GPS+WAAS. For +- $350 seems like a pretty good deal. Never had any experience, or actually seen Eagle electronics around here though. Any comments or suggestions are welcome.

Thanks in advance,
Zpeed7

bang4dabuck posted 06-21-2003 05:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for bang4dabuck  Send Email to bang4dabuck     
Lowrance = Eagle, same company. I'm no expert but what I picked up over on the Saltwater Fishing page (which is also a great site for all kind of boat and fishing related topics) that Depthfinder you want Lowrance/Eagle and GPS you want Garmin. That is how I interpreted other peoples experiences for what its worth. I went this way mostly because I backed into it. I didn't have a game plan and bought a Eagle Fishneasy 2 fishfinder first and then got hooked on the charting features that the GPS could provide so I bought a Garmin 162. Had I to do it over again it would be a tough decision if to buy a combo unit (+ takes up less space, - if unit goes down I'm out both a ff and gps, - Lowrance/Lowrance or Garmin/Garmin ?) How much is the charting software ? I'd go over to that page ( www.wmi.org/saltfish/ ) in the ELECTRONICS section and get some feedback from them. Sorry just noticed that the unit you are asking about is GPS only. Check Ebay.
gnr posted 06-21-2003 01:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for gnr  Send Email to gnr     
I used an Eagle fishfinder for 4 years on my previous boat. I forget the model # but it was the top of the Eagle line when I purchased it 6 years ago. It worked very well for me and I would recommend it to others. When I set up my Guardian I compared different brands and decided on a Garmin as it seemed to offer a little more bang for the buck. I like the Garmin very much also. The one thing I miss about the Eagle is the zoom feature that allowed you to zoom to different levels with one push of a button rather then having to access the menu like the Garmin requires you to do.

After having experience with both I would probably go with the Garmin if settin up all over again. I also have a Garmin hand held GPS which I reallyl ike but have never used any other brand so I can't compare.

Either way you go I think you will be happy.

JBCornwell posted 06-21-2003 02:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Hi, Zspeed.

My experience pretty much agrees with the info B4DB posted.

I have had excellent results from several Eagle and Lowrance sonars. They are the same units but the Lowrance version usually has more bells and whistles and costs more.

I have also had excellent results with several Garmin GPS, and would not use anything else unless it was compatible with my collection of Mapsource CDROMs, particularly the Fishing Hotspots.

I recommend that if you insist on a combo, you get Garmin. The 168 and 188 are great.

I even more strongly recommend seperate units. Either Garmin/Garmin or Garmin GPS/ Lowrance or Eagle sonar.

Red sky at night. . .
JB

Sal DiMercurio posted 06-21-2003 09:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sal DiMercurio  Send Email to Sal DiMercurio     
I agree with JB.
Heres the rule of thumb with the commercials that fish the oceans.
Radar.... Raytheon [ easyiest to operate ] , Sonar....Furuno [ hands down, the very top of the line, GPS....Garmin...no contest.
You will never see an Eagle or garmin Sonar on any commercial or party boat that fishes the ocean, that should tell you something.
Sal
zpeed7 posted 06-23-2003 02:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for zpeed7  Send Email to zpeed7     
That's good enough for me! I'll start looking around for some Garmin GPS/Chartpoltter deals.


Thanks again,
Zpeed7

dreid posted 06-23-2003 11:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for dreid  Send Email to dreid     
The only problem I can identify with my 1995 vintage Eagle NavPro GPS unit, is that the thing just won't die so I can feel good about going out and purchasing a new GPS-Map unit. It's been a very reliable tool, especially considering the price mark when I purchased it was near the low end of the choices. Zero problems in 8 years and a good value, has been my experience.

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