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Old 10 October 2010, 17:52   #1
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Garmin or Lowrance

Hello, I'm looking at Garmin 750s or Lowrance HDS7.

Does anyone have an opinion on either to help me make a decision on which one to purchase?

Pros and cons of each?

Thank you in advance.
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Old 10 October 2010, 18:37   #2
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Not those models but I specified a Garmin 556s for my new RIB and now wish I'd gone for a Lowrance because having seen the photos on RIBnet I now want to add the Lowrance Structure Scan module - so might be worth looking at that and seeing if you think you'll ever want it because it only works with Lowrance chartplotters.

Other than that I have no idea which one is best but it's something I am cursing!
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Old 10 October 2010, 19:06   #3
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Thanks for the reply.

The structure scan looks really interesting, I think its around 500 extra.

I'm not sure what the Garmin sounder images look like?

Also if adding radar at a later date the Garmin is around 1000 and the Lowrance is 1770.

Just don't know which one to go for, maybe Lowrance is worth the extra cost?
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Can't help you with the Garmin sounder images as my boat is not quite here yet (8 days and counting ) - but I'm sort of stuck with that now as my Garmin has an in-hull transducer so I'd need to chisel that off and replace it if I swapped to Lowrance so what I'm currently planning is to get the Lowrance HDS-5x sounder at some point in the future and fit that and the structure scan module and tranducer, which seems to be the cheapest option. Plan B would be to flog the 556s on Ebay and get a larger HDS head unit to do both plotter and sounder/structure scan but I haven't made that decision yet. As far as I know nothing that Garmin offers is anything like the Structure Scan though.

Not being somebody that is ever likely to put radar on my rib I can't say I have done a lot of research into that but from what I have read with passing interest on the subject in the mags, the one that looks to be head and shoulders above the others in terms of image resolution is the Lowrance broadband radar - I have no idea what it costs nor what its max range is but the level of detail looks amazing compared to a normal radar.

I'm starting to sound like a Lowrance salesman despite not owning anything made by them
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Old 11 October 2010, 06:04   #5
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go for the lowrance, both good bits of kit, but the lowrance have extras you can add later

also you may find the HDS 5 screen a bit small, the HDS 7 is better!
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Old 11 October 2010, 06:21   #6
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Thanks again.

2 votes for Lowrance then.

The Garmin is touch screen but that could be a downside, its already getting a bit colder so will have to get the gloves out soon, I don't think touch screen works with gloves.

You can add radar to both units at a later date, they both look good.

Lowrance looks a bit more robust? and the structure scan looks fantastic.

Still unsure , bound to go for the wrong one...

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we are just installing teh lowrance one on our rib, with the sidescan. its beautiful!
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We were looking at both these makes to fit to the new RiB due in a month
Decided on Lowrance as before. Was put off by the Garmin Touchscreen, it wont work with gloves!!
So it's a lowrance HDS for us, and add structure scan later.
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Which one are you installing, is it the HDS7?
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yep. the HDS 7 it is!

this week, so cant wait!

also the thing to remember with Lowrance is that it is Plug in and Play,
nothing technical to do, its all sorted beforehand.
even when you want to add stuff in, it simply plugs in.

you can have 3 screens attatched with the sidescan too! so you can have one in the console, one in the front, one atthe back! how's that for cool!

so, it gets my vote every time!

garmin is good stuff, no getting away from it, but i really do think that Lowrance have pipped them on several areas.
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