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Old 04-17-2011, 08:34 PM   #1
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Fishfinder/GPS recommendations

My 10+ year old Garmin 186 finally decided to quit working this weekend, so now I'm in the market for a new machine. Since I hadn't bought one in a while I thought I would get some insight on what people are using and how they like them in the area I fish (Gulf of Mexico). I have looked at a few machines, Lowrance HDS-5, Garmin 541s, Garmin 400c. Although having GPS on it is not required because I use a seperate GPS unit, I do like having the second one for backup. If anybody has a fishfinder only unit they really like I want to hear about that to. While brand doesn't really matter I would like to stay under the $700 mark if possible. Any info would be appreciated.
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Old 04-18-2011, 01:12 PM   #2
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Re: Fishfinder/GPS recommendations

We have the HDS 5 and HDS 7 on dads bass boat. Dont know how well they will do in the gulf but they are easy to read and function great. Just added sidescan sonar...I would go for the 7 over the 5, just for the extra screen size.
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Old 04-18-2011, 03:07 PM   #3
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Re: Fishfinder/GPS recommendations

I've got both the Garmin 441s and the 541s on my boat. I use the 441s for GPS, engine and fuel info. The 541s does the Sounder duties. If anything happens to either one then the other can serve both duties. I love both units!
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