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Old 06 June 2012, 19:36   #91
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Cheapest I have seen are Redcar Electronics Marine.

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Old 07 June 2012, 04:41   #92
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Thanks for the link Jeff prices are very good. Just have to see how much I can afford to spend at the end of this month. Mr Flibble this link from Jeff is 60 cheaper than Redcar.

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Old 07 June 2012, 06:25   #93
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Make sure you get the version pre-loaded with Navionics Silver+ charts, prices for the latest model can be found for under 500 pounds (ex vat) including the dual frequency broadband sonar transducer.
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Old 07 June 2012, 07:41   #94
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Mr Flibble this link from Jeff is 60 cheaper than Redcar.
Sorry, I was looking at the HDS 7 not the 5.

HDS5 combo

Sea Kit 521.66 Redcar 529.99

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Sea Kit 818.98 Redcar 809.99
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Channel Ribs is quite right.
Some are still without the preloaded silver charts - though the silver does not show any spot soundings below 10m and in my view not great. I did buy the Gold UK/Holland large chart which is excellent.
Having used Garmin for years I am totally surprised how much better the Navionics look. You also get 12 months of free updates of NM's etc by simply plugging your card into your PC, as well as PC plotter software.

My HDS5 was shipped direct from Holland and arrived with a software version higher that that shown on the global Lowarnce site.

When looking at prices, also be aware that their are two combos - one with a 200/83Hz skimmer transducer and one with a 200/50 Hz. The latter is more expensive for some reason though I actually chose the 200/87 specifically

There isnt a massive variation in price with any of the dealers in reality - pick who you feel comfortable (or live closer too ?)

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Ok, I am about to invest in an HDS9-Touch with Structure Scan. Which transducer do you guys recommend going with to be fitted on a 7m RIB - thru hull or transom mount? If transom mount, where is the best place to mount it given I have twin outboards on the boat?
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Transom, I put it in the lowest point and it works good.
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Well its finally here, been a wait but worth it

Newly fitted on Vixen, setting up so passenger/nav position can operate structure scan and helm drives boat. Will log all files to an SD card and see what this new Lowrance feature is on their website where you can upload a file and get a 3d map. Sounds just like Dr Depth via Lowrance but might be wrong.
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Garmin are at it now!

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