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pete r posted 02-23-2014 05:56 PM ET (US)   Profile for pete r   Send Email to pete r  
The new Garmin echoMAP 70s sounds to me like a useful well priced combination echo sounder and chart plotter. Seeing I have to update both my finder and GPS, this seems the way to go. Do any of you have experience with the Garmin echoMAP 70s?
fishgutz posted 02-23-2014 08:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
I've been looking at the EchoMap 50. Garmin has built in tide charts. I need that where I live. Nice feature.
mkelly posted 02-23-2014 11:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for mkelly  Send Email to mkelly     
I just purchased the Garmin 741xs, which is a very similar version to the echoMAP 70s. The physical components appear the same: seven-inch diagonal screen and maps. My unit has chirp SONAR and is RADAR-ready, I don't believe the Garmin echoMAP 70s is either. But, if you don't have those desires, then I believe [the Garmin echoMAP 70s is] the most user-friendly GPS mapping--obviously open to many opinions. If you have a local dealer, check the Lowrance rival; I believe it's the Elite 7. The dealer will know. Lowrance has both the touch screen and touch button features with enhanced SONAR and great mapping. The salesmen was pushing me towards the $700 push button Lowrance, but I ended up with the $1,500 Garmin. The Garmin 70 has good SONAR but not the new technology that someone else on this site could explain better. I do 95-percent salmon fishing in the Pacific NW, so SONAR is critical. Babbling now, but check Lowrance, Garmin, and Simrad, and be armed with a little info going in.
pete r posted 02-24-2014 03:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for pete r  Send Email to pete r     
I have had a few Garmin products in the past and have not been disappointed.

I guessed the echoMAP 70s was not in the league of the GPSMAP 740, but, for the short term discounted price I can get one for (about $900), it is a surprising value.

I must check, but I don't think the echoMAP 70s has tidal contours. I think there are a few features the 50 has which the 70s doesn't.

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