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Mark Gallagher posted 03-04-2004 07:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for Mark Gallagher   Send Email to Mark Gallagher  
My old Apelco fish finder is getting tired. I just looked at Garmin 168 GPS map sounder combo. I like.

Any input appreciated.

I may do this combo since I haven't got a GPS yet.

I also may get a new fishfinder and a seperate GPS unit.

Are these combo units ok. Pros cons experience, best place to buy.

I thought I may get a Lowrance FF since they have a good rep and maybe a seperate GPS I can carry/mount.

What is your current setup and how do you like it.

My priorities: Dependable depth sounder, then fishfinder, need all the help I can get, then GPS as fun item, I usually know the inland Chesapeake Bay I navigate but GPS still nice to see.

Your thoughts, experience, tips appreciated.
Thank you,


Chuck Tribolet posted 03-04-2004 10:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
My thoughts: use the search options. This has been discussed
over and over and over and over again here.

And you should say what boat you are going to put it on.
The space parameters on a 13' are different from an M17 and
even more so from a D34.


frontier posted 03-04-2004 11:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for frontier  Send Email to frontier     
We have a Lowrance LMS-240 (I think the newest model of the same type is the LMS-480). Combo Depth/FF and GPS.
Had it 2 years now. Great unit. Good price.(around $500.00 new) Easy to use. Base map is good. Navionics MMC card gets you more detail for another $200.00. This is the 5th Lowrance we've had on different Whalers. Excellent quality. Very dependable.
Mark Gallagher posted 03-05-2004 06:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mark Gallagher  Send Email to Mark Gallagher     
I'll be putting it on a Dauntless 17. Thanks for the info.


JBCornwell posted 03-05-2004 08:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Hi, Mark.

I have tried a variety of electronics on my classic Montauk.

My current GPS is a Garmin 162. I use a variety of the Mapsouorce CDs with it and also have a dash mount for it in my truck.

Pros: Good resolution, decent size screen, great detail when using maps loaded from Roads and Recreation CD and Fishing Hotspots CD. Easy to use basic features. Probably the best mapping GPS available for the buck.

Cons: Takes a long time to learn how to use more sophisticated features to best advantage. Would benefit greatly from a non reflective screen. Would be more useful if it had more memory or took the plug-in memory units (like the 182).

I don't think I would like the 168. I like to know position and depth at the same time without splitting a rather small screen. If I upgraded I would want the 2006C or 2010C.

My sonar is a Lowrance X81. It does everything I want for my fresh water fishing. If I was a salt water guy I would definitely look at Furuno.

Red sky at night. . .

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