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Lowrance or Garmin?
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posted 06-30-2006 11:49 AM ET (US)
We are budgeting for a GPS/Fish Finder combo w/ internal antenna for one of our smaller Whalers. I have been reading the thread on Lowrance 334 (?) which worries me.
What are the recommendations/experiences of the members? We will be using this device with our non-profit kids program and Michigan State University Project FISH so a tax deductible contribution is possible. What is concerning is kids we have taken out have little interest in grey scale displays but go nuts over color. We raised 'em, it's all our fault!!
We need to make a good decision. Any help would be appreciated.
posted 06-30-2006 01:33 PM ET (US)
I've always had great experiences with Garmin. I just wish they would get on board with NMEA-2000.
posted 06-30-2006 01:34 PM ET (US)
I have the Garmin GPSMAP 178C Sounder. It's a color GPS/Fishfinder combo unit.
I've had it a month so far. The GPS is really sweet (bought the Bluechart chip for my area too) the fishfinder is OK.
I went from a grayscale Raytheon 425 GPS and a Furuno FCV667 6" Color Video Fish Finder. The Garmin color GPS is easier to use and has more features than my grayscale Raymarine GPS. The Furuno FCV667 is a dedicated 6" CRT based sounder/fishfinder so the Garmin fishfinder isn't up to performance of the Furuno, but now I have just one unit instead of two... and the performance is adequate for my needs.
posted 06-30-2006 01:48 PM ET (US)
I have a Lowrance LCX-110C. Granted it's a large screen display and may not fit your application, but it's performed flawlessly for me for several years now. Lowrance offers a wide range of screen sizes, of course, so they should have something that fits your needs. Mine was easy to install, easy to use, quick to acquire satellites, tons of features, NEMA 2000, etc. I also believe the Lowrance skimmer-style transducer (if your unit has depthsounding capability) is the easiest to install and best performing unit on the market.
I admit that I can't explain the 334 issues that have been the subject of much discussion. I'm surprised because I have found Lowrance as a company to be very customer and customer-service oriented, great web site, etc.
I agree with the kids on the color display; worth its weight in gold. I also find the Navionics chips provide the best coverage, resolution/definition and value, at least in my area (NE lakes).
Just my $.02 worth.
posted 06-30-2006 07:43 PM ET (US)
I find the scope of this question impossibly large. It is akin to asking "Chevy or Ford?"
posted 06-30-2006 11:07 PM ET (US)
Well I didn't include Raymarine for simple reason called price point. If price were not an issue I would buy Raymarine on based on the recommendation of a CW member I respect. I am not interested in a Chev or Ford comparison but rather Honda Accord - Camry comparison if cars. OR Ford, Dodge, GM Diesel if truck. I grew up in a GM town and can say that.
I am sure there are brand loyalists out there but after reading the current thread on Lowrance 334C finder/GPS I had to ask the question. It seems as if Lowrance has a problem. I also fully respect the advice of forum members base on their real time experiences. That's all. Moreover, I know very little about fish finders having dead reckoned lakes my whole life - thanks to dear old dad who would never have considered a finder.
The kids we take think finders, GPS and technology are way cool. Plus they add a significant element of safety to trips.
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