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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:37 pm 
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Getting the 2019 outback in February and would like to upgrade my fishfinder to take advantage of the new transducer well. I would love to get a good side scanning system with GPS but not sure if I should go with Lowrance or another brand. What is the consensus out there on best setup for the new 2019 transducer mounting system?


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:46 pm 
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Any major brand is pretty amazing right now. I have a Garmin 73SV Chirp and I love it.

I think most folks think Humminbird has the best SI, but it is a slim lead. I chose Garmin over HB or Lowrance because the GPS in my previous HB would have a speed of 0.1mph when I was sitting still. I did not pick Lowrance because I read about a lot of folks being unhappy with their customer service. Also at the time Garmin was the only brand to have a Quickdraw feature. I think they all have it now.

I forget about them but Raymarine products seem to have a very loyal following as well.

I don't think you can make a bad decision, but I know it can be hard to make the decision. Best of luck!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2018 4:00 pm 
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I ended up with a Lowrance Elite Ti with sidescan. I love sidescan and I would pay an extra 100 dollars for it again. I really liked how easy it was to navigate a touchscreen for the elite ti and also the rest of the interface seemed well laid out. The Huminbird and Garmin also seemed like very nice units. As pdxfisher said I don't think you can go wrong.

There was a killer deal on the Lowrance for black Friday so that's what I got (9inch with sidescan and navionics plus for 600). I believe Gander outdoors if you have one nearby has a garmin 73sv on sale for somewhere around 500 and also has a huminbird 7inch with sidescan on sale until the end of the year.

No matter which direction youd go I'd recommend one capable of having maps with contour lines.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:42 pm 
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I have a lowrwmce 7ti. As mentioned a touch screen makes things simple. Great product but Humminbird is also another solid option. I had those on my used bass boat and like them, but you’re not getting a 7” touch screen from Humminbird unless something has changed.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:36 pm 
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I have the Hook2 5 with sonar, down imaging, and inland maps. Absolutely great for the price but...

Hindsight I would have bought the Hook2 7 triple shot with inland maps. I fish Crappie a lot and the side scan seems like it would be great fro confirming what the down imaging is showing.


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