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Alanson posted 10-27-2011 07:14 PM ET (US)   Profile for Alanson   Send Email to Alanson  
Having just relocated a 2005 170 Montauk from calm inland Michigan lakes to Charleston SC, I'm beginning the outfit my boat for salt water boating. I'm looking for advice in selecting a moderately priced combination GPS receiver, chart plotter, and SONAR.

Due to the 17' size of the Montauk, most of my boating will be close in-shore and in the marshes.

Thanks for your help.

Hoosier posted 10-27-2011 09:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
Lowrance HDS-5, or as many here will jump in to recommend, an equivalent Garmin or Humminbird.
jimh posted 10-28-2011 02:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Check out the cartography that will be bundled with various different brands and see if the chart data will be useful for the area you intend to operate in.

If you have any engine other than a Mercury engine, you probably want a device with NMEA-2000 built into it. This eliminates HUMMINBIRD, as their units generally do not have any NMEA-2000 capacity.

Raymarine has a big incentive going on right now, as does Lowrance.

Alanson posted 10-28-2011 04:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Alanson  Send Email to Alanson     
Hoosier & Jim, thanks for the suggestions.

I have a 90HP 4 stroke Mercury, so I can use a Humminbird unit.

In addition to the Lowrance HDS-5, do you have any specific Garmin & Humminbird models that you would recommend?

I also would appreciate suggestions for a radio.

Thanks again for help.

jimh posted 10-28-2011 05:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I like Standard-Horizon radios because they have very good transmitter modulation, the controls and user interface are generally very well thought out, and they have very good technical support.

Any fixed-mount VHF Marine Band radio sold now is a DSC Class-D rated radio.

contender posted 10-28-2011 07:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
Alan: Take a look at The GPS Store. I believe it is in the Carolina's, you can compare a bunch of different units and this place has really good prices. I like the Garmins but everyone will tell you different. I would also try and get a hold of a person on this site that goes by the name Basshole, he has developed a mount that will hold your transducer to the hull without any screws in the transom. Good luck
Basshole posted 10-30-2011 05:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Basshole  Send Email to Basshole     
contender- Thanks, appreciate the recommendation!

Alanson-You really should visit some marine electronics stores and have a look at all the top brands and compare features and looks. I use the Lowrance HDS stuff with broadband radar and Structure Scan and like it. Not the most reliable electronics, but they have a really good warranty program. I really like the display and features. My buddy is a charter captain and swears by his Furuno stuff. Even their lower end units are very good. They're super reliable and seem to be popular with the guys around here that fish for a living. And of course, don't forget to pick up a Stern Saver to mount your transducer to your boat without putting any holes in your hull.

Alanson posted 11-01-2011 01:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Alanson  Send Email to Alanson     
Thanks for all of the advise provided.

Basshole (and I say that with all due respect!), where do I find info on Stern Saver?

I went to your website and I see that it's under development.

Basshole posted 11-02-2011 09:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Basshole  Send Email to Basshole     
Alanson-The website will be finished in about two weeks but if you have any questions about it shoot me a message. It's basically a glue-on transducer mounting block made from Starboard or polyethylene. It comes with a complete installation kit and installs in 15 minutes or less. Here is a photo of it on my boat. Stern%20Saver%20on%20a%2098%20Whaler/?action=view¤t=DSC_5838_A.jpg

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