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PeteB88 posted 08-21-2012 10:39 AM ET (US)   Profile for PeteB88   Send Email to PeteB88  
I'm in the market for combo unit for my 13 and am trolling for recommendations and advice regarding the latest models. I guess it's between Humminbird and Lowrance these days. I have Lowrance got some bugs resolved from a couple of years ago and Humminbird have better gear than years back. My option is to buy a separate bracket and transducer so I can use my Raymarine A 57D but I'd rather not.

Standing by and thanks

newt posted 08-22-2012 01:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     
Don't rule out Garmin - they have always had good stuff too.
PeteB88 posted 08-22-2012 11:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Missed Garmin - love their displays and easy to use. Not sure how good finder is - who can comment?
newt posted 08-23-2012 08:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     
Pete, I am using old technology Garmin. By old, I mean circa 2006. I have a GPS2010 display with the black box sounder. I am very happy with the unit, and have been very pleased with every Garmin product I have ever owned. I cannot say the same for Lowrance, but my only data point is with the Lowrance multifunction display and fuel flow sensors. Reviews on this site of Lowrance GPS/Sonar units as you know are very good. I have no experience with Hummingbird products.

blacksmithdog posted 08-24-2012 07:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for blacksmithdog  Send Email to blacksmithdog     
I have this Lowrance on my 15' Whaler

http://www.lowrance.com/Products/Marine/Elite-Series/Elite-5/

The main reason I bought it instead of the Humminbird was twofold:

The base maps were better on the Lowrance. On the Humminbird you had to buy "the chip" to get decent maps.

The transducer and mount were heavier duty on the Lowrance. The Humminbird I bought for the other Whaler had an all plastic mount that gets out of whack easily.

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