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Mike Thompson posted 09-10-2009 04:38 PM ET (US)   Profile for Mike Thompson   Send Email to Mike Thompson  
We have been having problems with our Eagle Fish Elite 642c IGPS ever since we purchased it at the beginning of the year. We sent it in for repair and it took over 2 months to get a replacement. The repair was becasue the screen would not stay on and flash vertical lines. The replacement was received last Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009. We tried to use it over the weekend and this unit failed. The sonar locked up. It would flash a constant depth no matter what the actual depth was. We could get underway at around 15 mph then the unit would clear up and then lock up once we approached a new fishing hole. Also, only the lower half of the screen would show at times. The unit we received has no extended warranty. We know of two other people who have Lowrance GPS combos who have more problems than ours. What is the best GPS sonar combo for a 2009 AlumaCraft 16.5 Navigator used on the Great Lakes and inland fresh water lakes. We are tired of this junk,
the so called factory support and warranty service.

Thanks

Mike T

jimh posted 09-10-2009 08:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Mike--My experience with Lowrance is completely the opposite of yours. All the Lowrance devices I have owned have worked flawlessly and never needed repair. In addition, the one time I contacted Lowrance to seek assistance for a problem of my own creation, their response was timely, generous, and free.

I understand you have had some difficulties with your unit, but I just wanted to let you know that my experience was the exact opposite of yours. Also, although this is second hand, many of the people with whom I have boated extensively use Lowrance or Eagle brand devices, and, to the best of my knowledge they have been trouble-free devices for years.

If you want to change to another brand, try Raymarine or Garmin. In general I think you will find Raymarine is more expensive if you compare to Lowrance on a feature-for-feature basis. I don't have any first-hand experience with Garmin devices. I will offer that Garmin's reputation is mainly from the chart plotter and GPS devices, not from their SONAR devices. If SONAR performance is primary, you might not find Garmin at the top of the list.

Another maker of excellent SONAR devices is FURUNO. Again, you may find that a Furuno combination GPS receiver, chart plotter, and SONAR is too expensive for a 16-foot boat. However, Furuno makes excellent SONAR-only devices that are moderately priced, such as their LS4100 model.

In general a question of "what is the best combination GPS receiver, color chart plotter, bundle of included digital cartography, and SONAR with included transom mount transducer" for a particular boat model and particular region is difficult to answer.

Liteamorn posted 09-10-2009 09:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Liteamorn  Send Email to Liteamorn     
I too had great luck with my Lowrance electronics, until I sold my boat with them on it or they were stolen.

I have been Garmin units and they too have been very reliable.

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