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John W posted 11-25-2008 02:30 PM ET (US)   Profile for John W   Send Email to John W  
Bass Pro Shops will have the Lowrance 522C iGPS SONAR, GPS receiver (GPSr), and chartploter on sale for $499 starting Friday (previously $649). This version has the built in GPS receiver and antenna made for open installations. I am interested in the unit, especially at that price, but I would like some advice on the purchase.

I will be mounting the unit on the console of my 1971 Outrage, and will use it under a large, stainless framed sunbrella bimini top that is up 90% of the time. I also have a drop-down clear windscreen from the bimini to the console rail, if that makes any difference in reception. Will the internal GPSr model work well under a large bimini top?

I read a number of postings on CW and elsewhere with problems on the GPSr performance of this Lowrance line, either from the internal GPSr or the external one. Have these problems been resolved?

[Seeks] any general feedback on this model

I have used Lowrance SONAR units for years and like them, but I have never owned a Lowrance GPSr. Given my constant use of the bimini, my preference would be for the external GPSr unit that I could mount on my stern rail, but the Bass Pro sale only applies tto the 522C internal GPSr model.

I know from jimh's recent posting that Lowrance will be coming out with a new line in 2009, so perhaps the sale price will be available in the future on the external GPSr model as they clear inventory for a new model. But the current sale look like a great deal if the 522C is a good fit for my application. Any advice is appreciated.

Thanks.

Hal Watkins posted 11-25-2008 03:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hal Watkins  Send Email to Hal Watkins     
I have been running the 522C iGPS for 2 years. I have no serious complaints. I had my dealer install it on my new 2006 Montauk 170. In 2007 I didn't have a bimini, in 2008 I bought an aluinum frame bimini. I can tell no difference in reception. Aquisition of GPS and WAAS seems slow compared to my Handheld Garmin 60CSX. Part of the slowness is that it may be a week or two between use and several hundred miles apart. I bought a Lakes chip for Northern lakes and Minnesota. Good luck. Hal Waseca, MN
cindalyn posted 11-25-2008 04:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for cindalyn  Send Email to cindalyn     
Some are selling on ebay now for $500 and probably no sales tax.
Bulldog posted 11-25-2008 09:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
John, Cabela's has the exact deal also, has me thinking, but I also prefer the external antenna. Being 20 minutes from a Cabela's isn't helping my frugal side either!..Jack
jimh posted 11-25-2008 09:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The GPS uses a signal at approximately 1575.42 MHz. The synthetic cloth in most Bimini tops is transparent to radio signals, so it should not affect reception. The metal frame of the Bimini top could affect reception of radio signals, but experience has shown that it is typically not a problem with GPS reception.

It is hard to assess the future reliability of the GPSr in the LOWRANCE 522 iGPS based on the anecdotal reports of other LOWRANCE models using an external GPSr device. The two devices may not be identical.

What I find most attractive about these LOWRANCE devices is:

--NMEA-2000 network compatible

--SONAR has screen capture and unique SONAR recording capability which sets them apart from all other SONAR devices.

Lil Whaler Lover posted 11-26-2008 11:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Lil Whaler Lover  Send Email to Lil Whaler Lover     
The new models will be worth the wait. All will include a Broadband Sounder, and can be had with preloaded softwae upgradable on your home computer. Also the internal antennas are improved to the point the units can be flush mounted under a hardtop.

This is very significant product improvement.

John W posted 11-26-2008 04:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for John W  Send Email to John W     
Thanks for the replies. THe 1" stainless pipe happens to travel directly overhead of where the unit would be mounted, but if the fabric is invisible to the signal as jimh indicates, I assume that wouln't be a problem.

I have Bass Pro points and gift cards, which makes it a cash-less purchase at bass pro, so that will definitely be my purchase point. I'm sure the new units will be improved, but cost is a major issue for me so I'm int'd in this unit.

Any other first hand experience or advice with this unit is appreciated.

thanks.

Chuck Tribolet posted 11-26-2008 06:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I wonder how invisible WET fabric is.


Chuck

Chuck Tribolet posted 11-26-2008 07:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I just ran an experiment. The whaler is out in the garage.
I fired up the GPS, let things stabilize, and then put a
wet paper towel on top of the antenna. The bars drop about
15%.


Chuck

jmorgan40 posted 11-29-2008 08:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmorgan40  Send Email to jmorgan40     
John,
That is a good price for the 522c. It is a good unit but if they also have the 527c on sale I would consider spending the additional $50 for the 527c. It has much more snar power at 4000 watts.

Concerning Hal's post I can attect to the fact that Lowrance units are slow to acquire a signal when they are first powered on. Not sure why that is but I have noticed it with the 522c, the 527, and the lcx-26c.

John W posted 11-30-2008 03:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for John W  Send Email to John W     
Bought the unit today at bass pro, $499, plus $100 for a NauticPath chip for nationwide charts. The kids will be giving it to me for Christmas. I'll update with how well it works, especially under the bimini (wet or dry).

Thanks for the comments.

John

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