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Old 01 May 2012, 05:36   #11
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Looks like I was a bit ambitious with the idea of the HDS 7 on my console - so will now 'have' to use the HDS 5.
Good job I downloaded the respective flush mount templates to double check !

Anyone have any thoughts/ experience on the 5" screen. I am uysed to the Garmin GPS 292 and FF 340 and find these ok. The HDS5 is quite a bit bigger and I only really plan to use it for downscan/sidescan - not having 4 windows open.

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Yes, I've got an HDS5 in my console and find it OK. If you are not using split screen it is plenty big enough in my opinion, it is when you start looking at split screens it is a little restrictive, but still usable. The definition and colours on the screen is one of the plus points of the Lowrance units to my mind.
I have an HDS5 for sale if that is of interest (not the one out of my boat )
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Old 01 May 2012, 11:00   #13
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Yes, I've got an HDS5 in my console and find it OK. If you are not using split screen it is plenty big enough in my opinion, it is when you start looking at split screens it is a little restrictive, but still usable. The definition and colours on the screen is one of the plus points of the Lowrance units to my mind.
I have an HDS5 for sale if that is of interest (not the one out of my boat )
Thanks Ian,
I had pretty much come to the same view given what kit I use currently. I dont think I am likely to use the split screen too much but am glad for some first hand experience.
Decided to buy and found a good deal with sea-kit.co.uk - purchased the GenII HDS 5 and the LSS-2. Chris was very helpful there.

Bit of cutting and rewiring to do :::: it will replace my old back up GPS of a Garmin 128 and SBA differential receiver ( from the old pre Wass/Egnos days!)

I would be better fitting it this weekend rather than carrying on with plans and bookings for West Bay, Dorset >>>. f5-6's and 2.7m waves on Saurday

,,,,,,,,,,,,,, serves me right for going South !

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Yes, I've got an HDS5 in my console and find it OK. If you are not using split screen it is plenty big enough in my opinion, it is when you start looking at split screens it is a little restrictive, but still usable. The definition and colours on the screen is one of the plus points of the Lowrance units to my mind.
I have an HDS5 for sale if that is of interest (not the one out of my boat )
Sorry to junp in!!! But I would be interested in your HDS5.Is it the combo version?
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Deed done

All arrived quickly and safely thanks to Chris at Sea-Kit / BT Marine. Delivered direct from Navico in Holland complete with the silver Navionics charts pre-loaded as well as latest software. Lowrance download shows latest as HDS_Gen2-1.1-39.38 but supplied with 1.1-39.39

Busy weekend fitting - and I am definitely getting too old and tooooo fat to squeeze through the console hatch but made it . Have to say I was suprised a little by the size of the 'black box' which serves me right for not reading the specs but thankfully plenty of room after fitting a new mounting plate. You will now see why my idea of the HD-7 was a bit ambitious (the keys would have been strategically placed behind the wheel)

All thats left to do it get out on the water and play >>>>>>>> shocking user manual Lowrance !!

Hopefully will get round to posting some of the output soon.

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Sorry to junp in!!! But I would be interested in your HDS5.Is it the combo version?
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Yes it is the combo version. If you are still interested send me a PM.
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That's a really neat job you've done there Jeff. Looks very well planned and smart. It's a pity the transducers are so big though.
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That's a really neat job you've done there Jeff. Looks very well planned and smart. It's a pity the transducers are so big though.
Yes, the sidescan/ downscan transducer is a bit scarey ! Its about 2.5" longer than the LSS-1 and I am not sure what impact it will have whilst on the plane. Hope its robust enough !! My garmin broke twice before I moved it up the transom - and lost higher speed function

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have look on ebay think there dealer in east cost thats the cheapest bought hd5 cheap
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Can't the sidescan transducer be mounted in-hull?
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