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Lil Ole Boat posted 02-09-2012 02:07 PM ET (US)   Profile for Lil Ole Boat   Send Email to Lil Ole Boat  
I am getting ready for the up coming boating season and I need a GPS [global positioning system] with at least a five-inch screen. I will use it for general navigation and depth finding. My boat is a 1985 Boston Whaler Super Sport 17; the hull is the same as the old Montauks. Help!
DVollrath posted 02-09-2012 02:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for DVollrath  Send Email to DVollrath     
I just bought a Lowrance HDS-7 Chartnplotter and SONAR with transducer. Lowrance is offering a $200 rebate through 2/12/2012. I haven't had a chance to install it yet, but the features look to be in line with my needs.--Dennis
SEAJ posted 02-09-2012 09:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for SEAJ  Send Email to SEAJ     
I have been very pleased with the small Garmin 540 series on a prior boat; it was very user friendly, and it preformed well in the harsh salt environment. However, after bareboating on a boat equipped with a Raymarine C-80, I liked it so much, I purchased an A70 for my new 1986 outrage. I am sad to say she is still on the hard, so I don't have reports as to its performance and durability, but I was thinking, if it will hold up to a rental fleet it ought to be a durable and user friendly unit. [Changed topic to discuss sensible navigation.] Good luck with your search. How do you plan to attach the transducer? [Changed topic to solicit reviews on other equipment. Please start a new thread for that new topic. Thank you--jimh]
jimh posted 02-10-2012 08:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The acronym GPS refers to the U.S. Air Force NAVSTAR global positioning system, that is, the satellites orbiting the Earth, and not to the electronic devices that receive their signals.

If you just want a receiver for the NAVSTAR global positioning system, look at the GlobalSAT BU-353. The cost is under $35 and the receiver performance is excellent.

If you are looking for a chart plotter with an integral GPS receiver that has a five-inch or larger screen, you are essentially looking at all chart plotters. I can't think of any with a screen smaller than five-inches. A better criterion for limiting suggestions is a price range. Please tell us the price range that interests you.

You mention depth finding, but a GPS receiver and chart plotter cannot deduce depth. You need a SONAR for depth finding.

Electronic chart plotters with a color display are more easily interpreted than monochrome displays. I recommend you get a color display.

A reasonable starting point for your product search may be the Lowrance HDS-5 series of devices. I suggest you look into that product line. Here is a link to more product information:

Lowrance HDS-5 Gen2 Fishfinder/Chartplotter

L H G posted 02-19-2012 11:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for L H G    
I would consider the Lowrance Elite-5 for $550.

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