Went into West Marine today with the intention of buying a Lowrance fishfinder/GPS combo.(About $400.00)
I had liked the sound of the Lowrance M68C which seemed a good colour entry level combo.However I was dissapointed with the relativly dim small screen and limited base mapping.
I was then recommended to check out the Humminbird system ;in particular the Matrix 97. Although at twice the price of the Lowrance unit ;the benefits really stood out.
With a large vivid/bright colour screen ,great map detail and many added features ,it seems quite a deal.
One new feature I especially liked ,was an "almost 3D view".(Not sure what it is called ,)but shows a boat Icon looking out to the horizon with direction info:etc and the mapping laid out in front.So as you go,you can see whats around you (almost like an video game.)
I always thought of Humminbird as a low price /quality company; but the product seemed pretty impressive. This is a fairly new model but wondered if anyone has had practical experience on this or any of the other products from this company.