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GPS/Sounder for 18' Outrage
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posted 09-29-2006 08:32 AM ET (US)
I want to install a GPS/Sounder on the console of my 1989 18' Outrage.The GPS would only be used on those rare occassions when I'm caught in the fog.The most important features will be the fishfinder/depth sounder, speed and water temp. I presently have a Humminbird 300TX finder and a Lowrance handheld GPS. This is a satisfactory combo, but the Humminbird is busted and needs to be replaced. Any suggestions about the best unit would be appreciated. Thank you.
posted 09-29-2006 09:17 AM ET (US)
Use the GPS everytime you go out. That way when the fog
does clamp down, you aren't trying to figure out the GPS, and
you KNOW your routes work.
posted 09-29-2006 10:19 AM ET (US)
I've been very happy with my garmin GPSMap 168 Sounder. I know that it is now a discontinued model, but whatever they're using to replace it should be fine. This unit has enough capabilities to do both the tasks you are speaking of - I have used it to navigate more than 2,500 miles via the GPS (using the bluecharts software) and catch thousands of fish.
posted 09-29-2006 12:56 PM ET (US)
I wanna catch thousands of fish.
posted 09-29-2006 01:02 PM ET (US)
I can tell you what NOT to get: the NAVMAN 4380. See http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum6/HTML/001086.html
I'm not what anyone would describe as technologically challenged but I can't get acceptable performance out of this unit.
posted 09-29-2006 05:08 PM ET (US)
I have been happy with the Lowrance LMS332C. This is the unit with the external GPS antenna. Do not get the unit with the internal antenna because the reception is very poor (I had to exchange it for the external unit). I recommend mounting the antenna on the top rail for best reception. When positioned behind the Plexiglas windshield the reception is diminished. I also mounted the display to a RAM mount which allows great flexibility in optimizing the position for standing or sitting. You will also probably want to add the Navionics charts for your area. Here are some pics:
posted 09-30-2006 01:01 PM ET (US)
I second the Garmin 168 Sounder. That really turned out to a great all around b&w model. Best of both worlds. Mine also has the external GPS antenna so I can keep the screen inside electronics box. The new Garmin color versions should perform equally as well but the screens seem smaller. Bluecharts software is a must so you have factor in that cost. You can use that software on two devices (i.e your next Garmin or your backup handheld Garmin)
posted 09-30-2006 06:00 PM ET (US)
Thanks for your input. I think the new version of the Garmin 168 must be the 178c, which looks as though it will fit on my console and do everything I need.
posted 10-02-2006 11:28 PM ET (US)
I have the Lowrance LMS334c iGPS. After an inital problem with the GPS reciever/internal antenna that resulted in a return to the factory for a new unit, I am very happy with it. It is great to have the color if nothing else, for the coolness factor. The finder has been great although I;ve not been beyond about 130' this season. Hopefully at least one more trip this year!
"and catch thousands of fish"
posted 10-07-2006 11:38 AM ET (US)
For what its worth, I have a Garmin 276C GPS and I really like it. If you get a Garmin sounder, you can link the two so the GPS can use the depth info as well.
posted 10-07-2006 11:52 AM ET (US)
If I were a betting man, I'd be betting Dave's "thousands of fish" was a bit of an unintended hyperbole (just made that up - he's not old enough to be having senior moments), that he may be having to live down for a while...
posted 10-13-2006 06:03 AM ET (US)
We put a Gramin 498C on our Nauset this spring and have got great preformance out of both the GPS/plotter and the sounder/fish finder. Check GSPONSALE or CHUMBO for best prices and shipping.
posted 10-15-2006 07:06 PM ET (US)
Question for Y'all. How is the reception on these GPS units with the built in antenna? I just bought a Garmin 178C(internal ant.) and plan to put it on a '95 17' Dauntless (dual console) so it will be at the helm area and the antenna will have to see up through the glass windshield.
Any problems for these units to look up through glass and a bimini top?
posted 10-15-2006 07:56 PM ET (US)
The only time I've had noticeable problems with my unit is when running very close to high rock walls, and when I was in the Chicago River between the towering skyscrapers that blocked the sky.
Otherwise, no problems through full canvas and with an arch up there.
posted 10-17-2006 12:05 PM ET (US)
TIN BOAT if you like the Lowrance you now have then the LMS 339 cdf unit is a very nice solution for the open Outrage 18.
Contrary to comments above, I have used the internal antenna on the 339 with good success for one fishing season and found it to be reliable and easy to use.
My Outrage 18 does not have a t-top or bimini and I have mounted it on the flat of the center console to starboard of the steering wheel.
posted 10-17-2006 05:06 PM ET (US)
I've caught "Tons" of fish. Is that better? :)
I just checked the total miles travelled log on my GPS, I'm at more than 3,700 miles since I bought the unit 4 years ago. That is split between my 18' Outrage and my 15' Sport; so the "thousands of miles" should be taken quite literally.
Frankly, I'm suprised it has been that many miles, but time flies when you're having fun.
posted 10-18-2006 01:11 AM ET (US)
I didnt think about it before I bought, but I put an internal antenna on my outrage 22 with a ttop and was very suprised when it worked flawlessly and fast, without having to mount a different antenna.
posted 10-23-2006 04:52 PM ET (US)
I recently changed out my Lowrance X70 for a Garmin 498 and I love it. I use the GPS all the time in all conditions and the finder/sounder works well. No complaints at all. I find that I use the GPS for returning to places where the fish were previously a lot.
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