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delasource posted 03-05-2005 12:36 PM ET (US)   Profile for delasource   Send Email to delasource  
Can anyone give me recommendations for a combined fishfinder/depth/temp units? I went to and saw a Gramin 250. Would this or a Hummingbird Matrix 17 do the trick? Any other model suggestions?

Also, any transom installation details regarding transducer location and fixing method as well as wiring hookup will be appreciated.

Being a good craftsman, should I should tackle installation or leave it to a dealer?


lloyd13 posted 03-07-2005 04:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for lloyd13  Send Email to lloyd13     
I have the humminbird matrix 17 on two of my whalers. The 15 sport also has the GPS integrated. They both work great. It takes a little effort to find the right spot on the transom for the mount. Most anyone could mount and install one. I have always used Garmin in the past and have a couple GPS receivers by them and have been very happy with them, but the humminbird works fine, and is reliable.
delasource posted 03-07-2005 10:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for delasource  Send Email to delasource     
Thanks for the vote of confidence for the Hummingbird Matrix 17 unit. Up until now, everyone was suggesting a much more expensive setup.

Can you give me tips on running the transducer cable from the console to the transom...location & fixing method?

Are the instructions from Hummingbird that come with the unit sufficient to guide me in the electrical hookup?



Phil P posted 03-08-2005 08:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Phil P  Send Email to Phil P     
I have the Matrix 17 on my 150 sport,I can't tell you anything about the performace of the unit because I insatlled it in November and it hasn't seen water yet.But the installation is very straight forward and the instruction are pretty good.I also installed the gps reciver with no problems.However if you run into any problems I am in Marysville,Oh and would be happy to lend a hand,just let me know.
scaleplane posted 03-08-2005 12:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for scaleplane  Send Email to scaleplane     
Last Fall I purchased a Garmin 240 Blue for my 15' Sport. It has temperature and speedometer as well as fish finding. Easy to install, seems to work well (although I don't think I've caught any more fish as a result!). Good price at Boater's World. I'm planning on buying another one (same model) this year for my 250DA Sea Ray.
lloyd13 posted 03-08-2005 01:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for lloyd13  Send Email to lloyd13     
Phil P is correct, the mounting and installation are pretty straightforward. The cable runs down out of the console and along the rest of the cabling back to the transom, and over the side. The instructions they come with are pretty good. Garmin makes a good product as well. I doubt whether there is that much difference internally so price is at least to be considered.
Royboy posted 03-08-2005 01:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
The NAVMAN 4150 is a comparable unit to the Garmin 240 Blue (waterproof, fish, depth, temp, & speed). I used one all last Summer on my 130 Sport and I'm very happy with it. Installation was straight forward. Price beats the 240 Blue considerably.


130 Sport

delasource posted 03-09-2005 10:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for delasource  Send Email to delasource     
Thanks to all of you for the good information.

I'm looking forward to the warm weather and my first ride in my new Montauk.

Royboy posted 03-09-2005 09:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
By the way, you get the prize for spelling both "Garmin" and "Humminbird" wrong in your Subject. 8>) Congratulations!


delasource posted 03-10-2005 09:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for delasource  Send Email to delasource     

How cud that bee???

I uzed the same official "Continuous Whaler: Post Classics" spel check'r that evryone elze uses.


Royboy posted 03-10-2005 04:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
I heer ya Steve. Did you decide on a unit yet?


delasource posted 03-11-2005 08:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for delasource  Send Email to delasource     
I need to do a side by side comparison of features, as well as determine whether I'll add a GPS in the future. At your suggestion I'm including the NAVMAN 4150 in the analysis.



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