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Old 02 March 2018, 08:31   #1
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Which Lowrance transducer?

Wondering if anybody has any feedback regarding which Lowrance transducer/sounder is best suited to a rib, there seems to be a few different types available?

Only really used for depth reference not for wreckage scanning or fishing.

Looking to upgrade to HDS-7, but unsure which bundle to take.

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Old 02 March 2018, 10:51   #2
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I’ve got the lowrance HDs skimmer one that covers all four frequencies.

It’s smaller than the total scan one which works better with my simrad
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Old 02 March 2018, 16:30   #3
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Running a totalscan which appears to have amazing bottom holding. The sidescan is totally useless mind, but I don't really have needed for it.
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Old 03 March 2018, 16:07   #4
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A hds 7 is a nice little unit, if you don't use the sonar much or plan too, the split sona chart screens can be adjusted, so you can have a far bigger chart than the sonar side. You can set up multiple pages in many different configurations, you can have just charts with added info such as depth in numbers which can be moved anywhere on the screen and enlarged to different sizes. You can literally have dozens of added info on any page by using the add info in the menu. I have mine so it permanently shows speed, depth, time, eta, battery, fuel burn etc etc on every page.

As for transducers, I use Lowrance standar 200-50 and a 200-80 on another boat, both mounted externally on the provided brackets. These hold bottom ok but start loosing depth at around 700m. In average water to 150m they hold ok at speeds of 40 kms 27knots.

I find Lowrance easy to use but I've used them for many years and enjoy tweaking mine to get it setup how I want it.
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Old 04 March 2018, 03:12   #5
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Basic HDI or HST-WSBL 83/200 Is fine. Also in-hull Airmar p79 would be fine if your boat is with fiberglass hull.
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