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Old 20 March 2016, 17:28   #1
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Been wanting to get side scan for ages but are there any better deals out there these days?

I see that AIS (receive only) seems to be more affordable now especially in VHF fixed sets.

Always fancied the HDS7 but do you think it's better to wait for another year as Wifi seems to be getting more popular too?
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Been wanting to get side scan for ages but are there any better deals out there these days?

I see that AIS (receive only) seems to be more affordable now especially in VHF fixed sets.

Always fancied the HDS7 but do you think it's better to wait for another year as Wifi seems to be getting more popular too?
What you want Wi Fi on a Boat for?...I get on the water to get away from all that Shite!
Reliable Plotter Sounder VHF and concentrate on the Sea...Wildlife..and Cruising Grounds your Traveling...
some good company is a Bonus...and that's good enough for me!
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What you want Wi Fi on a Boat for?...I get on the water to get away from all that Shite!
Reliable Plotter Sounder VHF and concentrate on the Sea...Wildlife..and Cruising Grounds your Traveling...
some good company is a Bonus...and that's good enough for me!

Said the man with the Fusion stereo & 10000w amp��
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Said the man with the Fusion stereo & 10000w amp��
Yep...that too..(not quite 1000w though
Interesting you chirped up ...EVER use the radar on Black Pig in Anger??
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I had hummingbird side scan on the rib great bit of kit gone for down scan now lowrance 7 elite not had chance to give it a coat of looking at, both recordable on to SD card.
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Yep...that too
Interesting you chirped up ...EVER use the radar on Black Pig in Anger??

Quite a few times, the MARPA works a treat when you're sat out fishing / diving & wondering if that 'kin huge container ship is going to run you down��
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What you want Wi Fi on a Boat for?...I get on the water to get away from all that Shite!
I thought the wifi talks to your iPad etc so you plan your route at home on navionics and then zap it across without faffing about with cards?

At least thats how I believe it works. I'll have to ask one of the kids
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Quite a few times, the MARPA works a treat when you're sat out fishing / diving & wondering if that 'kin huge container ship is going to run you down��
.....Just not enough to put one on the NEW BP??
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.....Just not enough to put one on the NEW BP??

Now I've stopped trimix diving & not hanging doing deco for literally hours, it seemed overkill, just use the AIS now.��
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I thought the wifi talks to your iPad etc so you plan your route at home on navionics and then zap it across without faffing about with cards?
I have a wifi module linked into my NMEA2000 network - donegaldan made it at work one day from spare bits. In it's current format it does just what you say and a bit more, in that it allows approved users to view/control the HDS units from wherever they are on the boat. Music can be controlled too. I store all the boats manuals as PDFs on the second card, so I suppose an iPad would be a useful relay if fiddling in the console or engine bay. I have a very old iPad reserved for this purpose.

I understand that the more recent HDS models will link directly to the internet to download software and connect to Lowrance's crowd sharing bathymetric scheme. Obviously you need a marina with wifi. I'm a little restricted in that sense in that I don't have a marina...

Overall, I think it's a gimmick
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