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Old 10 June 2015, 19:10   #1
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Garmin echomap 45DV vs HDS-7

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I bought a Garmin 45DV and a All-in one HD-ID and DownVu transducer, i haven't fitted it yet...

The plan is to find some wrecks with my family and go fishing too.

My question is has anyone used the Garmin 45dv yet and are the results as good as the picture on the box says???

A HDS-7 with charts and transducers is about 3-4 times the cost of this so I'm thinking of giving the Garmin a go for a bit.

Also does anyone have a link to the wrecks around the solent, apparently there was a seaplane near calshot?

Thanks in advance
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Dudes

I bought a Garmin 45DV and a All-in one HD-ID and DownVu transducer, i haven't fitted it yet...

The plan is to find some wrecks with my family and go fishing too.

My question is has anyone used the Garmin 45dv yet and are the results as good as the picture on the box says???

A HDS-7 with charts and transducers is about 3-4 times the cost of this so I'm thinking of giving the Garmin a go for a bit.

Also does anyone have a link to the wrecks around the solent, apparently there was a seaplane near calshot?

Thanks in advance
Plenty of Dive books with loads of Marks/ Wrecks ect out there Al....save ALOT of time looking for sure
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Dudes

I bought a Garmin 45DV and a All-in one HD-ID and DownVu transducer, i haven't fitted it yet...

The plan is to find some wrecks with my family and go fishing too.

My question is has anyone used the Garmin 45dv yet and are the results as good as the picture on the box says???

A HDS-7 with charts and transducers is about 3-4 times the cost of this so I'm thinking of giving the Garmin a go for a bit.

Also does anyone have a link to the wrecks around the solent, apparently there was a seaplane near calshot?

Thanks in advance

Plenty of planes in the channel, but there's not much left of them. Non-divers think that wrecks look like they do on James Bond films, when in reality, most of them are piles of fast disappearing scrap, usually scattered over a large area. A plane wreck will stand a couple of feet off the seabed at most, they are notoriously difficult to find with a sounder.


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I got the 45 dv and works well. For a sub 300 unit ,its really very good..The new mechanism ( de mount) is superb n better than old 450 series and found 2 great wreck pictures so far.
No info on the solent but Devon Dorset..
Transducer HAS to be transom mounted.
Of course the picture will be clearer if the wreck has hung together
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I have a 50dv, the slightly bigger one and it seems very good. Our local sea bed is flat as a pancake and free from any rocks so can't comment too much until we go ping a wreck later this year. The images we've had have been very clear though. We were able to track the 0.5" lead weight on a fishing line the other week as we "jiggled" it up and down. It left a very clear trace on the sonar history.

The map that came on ours also has a few wrecks on it so getting to the right area should be a doddle.

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I'll give the Garmin a go then

Just found this:

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Plenty of Dive books with loads of Marks/ Wrecks ect out there Al....save ALOT of time looking for sure
Thanks dude, I'll check them out
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Plenty of planes in the channel, but there's not much left of them. Non-divers think that wrecks look like they do on James Bond films, when in reality, most of them are piles of fast disappearing scrap, usually scattered over a large area. A plane wreck will stand a couple of feet off the seabed at most, they are notoriously difficult to find with a sounder.


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I got the 45 dv and works well. For a sub 300 unit ,its really very good..The new mechanism ( de mount) is superb n better than old 450 series and found 2 great wreck pictures so far.
No info on the solent but Devon Dorset..
Transducer HAS to be transom mounted.
Of course the picture will be clearer if the wreck has hung together
Do you have a pick of your wrecks dude? I'm really looking forward to getting it out now
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I have a 50dv, the slightly bigger one and it seems very good. Our local sea bed is flat as a pancake and free from any rocks so can't comment too much until we go ping a wreck later this year. The images we've had have been very clear though. We were able to track the 0.5" lead weight on a fishing line the other week as we "jiggled" it up and down. It left a very clear trace on the sonar history.

The map that came on ours also has a few wrecks on it so getting to the right area should be a doddle.

Phil M
Thanks dude, getting a little more excited now!
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