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Old 27 April 2012, 16:32   #11
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I was dead set on Lowrance this morning...now I realized I need to factor in 25% off the Garmin prices but add in 7.75% tax.

Looking at current cost:

Garmin 720s + Airmar P79 + g2 Vision card = $1176.20
Lowrance HDS-7 basemap + Airmar P79 + Navionics P+ Card + LSS-1 = $1294.31
Difference $118.11 Winner = Garmin

In the next year and half when I add radar:
Garmin 720s + GMR18HD + Airmar P79 + g2 Vision card = $1951.99
Lowrance HDS-7 basemap + 3G Radar + Navionics P+ Card + Airmar P79 + LSS-1 = $2217.42
Difference $265.43 Winner = Garmin



I'm an accountant...can't you tell?

Lowrance Pros: Structure Scan & Broadband Radar
Lowrance Cons: The $265 more expensive than Garmin. Smaller screen (6.4 inches versus 7). Non touch.

Garmin Pros: PRICE Screen size. Touch screen.
Garmin Cons: No structure scan. Old Radar technology.

Still talking my self into Lowrance....
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Old 27 April 2012, 19:32   #12
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I really like Lowrance. Have an old LMS350A.. still running after 14 years...

I have been loooking into the HDSx + structure scan as well. Looks very nice.. however i think the HDS7 is a bit small to fully utilize the structure scan. I ended up wanting the HDS8.. and then the G2 version came... it's much faster and smoother in the menus.. G1 seemes so slow... and now i didn't buy anything after all... stuck with my 14 year old system ;-)
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The lowrance HDS is much better for finding dive sites. Really
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Old 27 April 2012, 20:43   #14
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However, i think the HDS7 is a bit small to fully utilize the structure scan.
Hopefully, the 7 isn't too small!!! I couldn't justify the jump from $808 for the HDS-7 to $1445 for the HDS-8

Thanks all! Ordered HDS-7, LSS-1, and Airmar P79 (trying to limit things on the transom)

[if jky & captnjack approve, I must be doing ok!!!!]
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My HDS7 is fine for size even on split screen. I use chart and Structure Scan split for a couple of runs to get lined up on the Waypoint the Structure Scan full screen to finally lay the shot line.

The detail is fine in both those set ups.

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Old 07 May 2012, 21:00   #16
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One project ends and another begin:

New dash to be constructed out of aluminum (I think), flushmount HDS-7, Sonic Hub Dock and 2 speakers, then wire up the P79 in-hull & the LSS-1.

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