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Hines Pointer posted 02-17-2008 01:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for Hines Pointer  
[Seeks] suggestions for a SONAR and GPS combination that will fit nicely on the console of a Montauk 17 I'd prefer a model that uses a stern-mount transducer and that, if possible, doesn't require an external antenna. Also, if folks with suggestions might also suggest a retailer with a good price for their suggested brand/model.

Thanks for your help.

deepwater posted 02-17-2008 02:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for deepwater  Send Email to deepwater     
I know my CC is a little crowded but i like the idea of one fish finder and one GPS one radar all items in case might make it look less crowded but if one goes they all go
bms1939 posted 02-18-2008 01:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for bms1939  Send Email to bms1939     
I just put a Lowrance 522 iGPS on my Montauk and could'nt be happier with it. Defender in Waterford Ct. had the best price that I could find at a store.
Slippery Eel posted 02-21-2008 10:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Slippery Eel  Send Email to Slippery Eel     
I just purchased the Garmin 545S for my Montauk. I looked at these and the Lowrance and decided on the Garmin. I wanted to update to a color FF and GPS and made a deal at the AC boat show for the complete package (545S, transom mounted trandsucer, G2Vision chip that I couldn't pass up. It won't be installed until sometime in March and I will post my views on this unit. I am consolidating from a handheld Magellan GPS and a Garmin 240 Blue FF.
bigjohn1 posted 02-21-2008 04:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     
IMO, a person can't really give you the very best recommendation until we know your use of the boat and what waters you normally navigate in. For example, the recommendation for a boat used in a river or lake for pleasure cruising could be much different than the recommendation for a boat used for inshore and offshore saltwater fishing.
minitauk85 posted 02-21-2008 07:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for minitauk85  Send Email to minitauk85     
Hines- I went ahead and bought the Lowrance 527c after Christmas and I love it! Well worth the money!-k

David1877 posted 02-22-2008 04:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for David1877  Send Email to David1877     
I bought the Lowrance 337c two years ago. It works quite well. I am pleased.

If you might be interested in better charts/computer chips, take a look at the capability of the unit to accept Platinum Navionics chips or other data for your boating area.

Feejer posted 02-22-2008 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Feejer  Send Email to Feejer     
I have a Garmin 178C with the internal ant. on my Montauk. The size is perfect and the unit works very well.
Feejer posted 02-22-2008 08:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Feejer  Send Email to Feejer     
Shoot me an email if you want to see a picture of it mounted on the console
Feejer posted 02-23-2008 11:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for Feejer  Send Email to Feejer     
Take a look at this, all you need to do is add a transducer for 75 bucks and your set to go. I have the 2210C on a larger boat I owned and loved it.

Newtauk1 posted 02-24-2008 10:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Newtauk1  Send Email to Newtauk1     
Garmin 440s
jimh posted 02-26-2008 01:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
No recommendation can be made unless there is some price guidance. There is enough room on a 17-footer to install a $4,000 system.

What price range are you asking about?

Feejer posted 02-26-2008 08:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for Feejer  Send Email to Feejer     
I think its safe to safe that most of us with a 170 are spending $350-$700 for a GPS/FF. Their are not that many until that will fish on the dash in the 4K price range
bigjohn1 posted 02-26-2008 08:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     
I rarely give specific recommendations on these types of threads because there will never be a one size fits all answer. Jim is correct and I feel I am as well; to give an informed recommendation, you really would need to know both price range and what type of water the person navigates and fishes (if fishing is involved). Many capable units have been mentioned which will work fine in some applications but like with anything, you get what you pay for. 5” screens, 320x320 pixel resolution, and 400 watts of power are good for some but simply will not work for other applications. There are many capable units in the price range of $600-$2,500 which will easily fit on a Montauk console and perform better than cheaper units – especially as we age and our eyesight requires a larger screen. Try navigating sloppy seas and wind while squinting to see a 5” screen with 320x320 resolution, it can be a real challenge. There are units priced even higher which will fit in a Montauk console.
Hines Pointer posted 03-06-2008 10:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hines Pointer    
Thanks for all the advice.

Regarding where I boat and fish: the CT River; eastern Long Island Sound; The Race; and along the shores of Martha's Vineyard and the Elizabeth Islands. My price range: hopefully under $750. I've been looking at Garmin products because I currently use a Garmin handheld GPS and past service experience with the company has been good.

Again, thanks for all your advice.

jimh posted 03-06-2008 07:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I cannot quite understand why people are so enamored with Garmin. Every time I look at their stuff it seems to be among the most expensive and have the smallest displays.

The Raymarine A60 is a "Garmin killer" product. Check it out. Under $1,000 $800, and with Digital Sonar and preloaded Navionics cartography.

For size of display (800 x 480) and SONAR features, you can't beat the Humminbird 917C for the price (of $999).

bigjohn1 posted 03-07-2008 06:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     
Hines, I couldn't agree with Jim more on this - especially with regard to the price and capabilities of the 917C. A minor point though since you have a smallish Montauk console - the 917c is short and wide which would take up more space than a unit which was a bit more narrow but taller. Your budget is noted but if you could spend $200 more and get a Northstar 660, you won't be sorry. It fits perfectly on a Montauk console and has high power and high resolution. It is narrow and tall which is a plus on a small console. I have had mine for three now in 100% ocean use and it has really held up well. It has a very bright display which can be seen easily in bright sunlight.
Hines Pointer posted 03-07-2008 12:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hines Pointer    
Thanks for your suggestions. I'll check them out.

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