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Old 29 March 2010, 13:40   #11
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and I really do like that joystick operation....
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The Horizons are great, but when it comes to value for money in the depth soundering then their need for a black box is a downer.
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Old 29 March 2010, 15:37   #12
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guys thank you very much for the info so far :O)

Units i'm going to look at so far are ....

Garmin 5515 and a couple other simular

Lowrance HS5 and maybe the 7 if i can squeeze some more out of the commitee

Standard horizon cpf180i and maybe the 300

ive seen quite a good deal on a simrad NX40 NAVSTATION 8.4 INCH again this would involve hanging the committee up by the ankles and giving thema shake

Should i discount any of these to make the search easier ??
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Old 29 March 2010, 16:01   #13
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guys thank you very much for the info so far :O)

Units i'm going to look at so far are ....

Garmin 5515 and a couple other simular

Lowrance HS5 and maybe the 7 if i can squeeze some more out of the commitee

Standard horizon cpf180i and maybe the 300

ive seen quite a good deal on a simrad NX40 NAVSTATION 8.4 INCH again this would involve hanging the committee up by the ankles and giving thema shake

Should i discount any of these to make the search easier ??
I previously had a Garmin which was OK and had little trouble with it. I now have a Lowrance 38C (8" screen). TBH I prefer the Lowrance and I think the build quality is better. The transom mount trasducer is also a much stronger unit than the Garmin one.

I found both to be fairly easy to operate without the manual to hand.
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Old 29 March 2010, 17:01   #14
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I have an older Garmn GPSMAP 178 with sounder in B & W. Has been trouble free. I drove someone elses boat down here with Lowrance last summer (I don't have a clue which model). The biggest difference I found was my Garmin picked up Satelites and was opporational in seconds where the Lowrance took over 5 mins.

Just my tuppence worth.

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Old 29 March 2010, 20:23   #15
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I'm just finishing off a winter re-fit to my SR4.7 which has been treated to a new Garmin 551S. The menu system seems quite straightforward to use (in my garage, anyway - it hasn't been outside yet)
It's good to have all the UK charts pre-loaded, if you intend to take the boat to new venues.
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Old 12 April 2010, 17:37   #16
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hi

have a look at the garmin 550s very easy to use and you should get change
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