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Old 15 November 2012, 09:23   #1
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Which one!

I thought that I's ask the masses their opinion as I know jack.

I'm looking for navigation equiptment with possibly side scan built in or am I better getting separate units?

Which one or ones are reliable.

Also I don't know if this has an bearing on it but I'm in the Egyptian Red Sea.
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Old 15 November 2012, 11:25   #2
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I thought that I's ask the masses their opinion as I know jack.

I'm looking for navigation equiptment with possibly side scan built in or am I better getting separate units?

Which one or ones are reliable.

Also I don't know if this has an bearing on it but I'm in the Egyptian Red Sea.
If you want a mutifunction unit with sidescan, look at Lowrance HDS units, the sidescan (I think Lowrance call it structure scan) is an add on unit; or Humminbird units that have sidescan built in, I have a Humminbird 1197, the sidescan is an excellent tool, you can record the scans and replay on your PC, great fun!
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to be honest, with some reliable brands you can have a all in one. ie Lawrance i have worked for many years, 100% waterproof never had any issues.
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to be honest, with some reliable brands you can have a all in one. ie Lawrance i have worked for many years, 100% waterproof never had any issues.
New HD screen are AWSOOOME ! price too
I have just been advised by the broker to get a Raymarine A57d as my combined GPS/fish sounder on a rig I am thinking of buying priced at 600 fitted to the rib console. I appreciate this is a dis-continued model and wonder if I would be better with a Garmin or Lowrance instead. This is a price sensitive deal so need to be around a similar figure to the 600 they have already quoted.

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Sorry should have added the GPS is a GPS plotter and must be capable to taking chart cards as I need to buy one for the west coast of France.
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If you want a mutifunction unit with sidescan, look at Lowrance HDS units, the sidescan (I think Lowrance call it structure scan) is an add on unit; or Humminbird units that have sidescan built in, I have a Humminbird 1197, the sidescan is an excellent tool, you can record the scans and replay on your PC, great fun!
New Lowrance HDS-7 Touch has "Stucture Scan" built in now. No external black box needed!
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New Lowrance HDS-7 Touch has "Stucture Scan" built in now. No external black box needed!
Try using a touchscreen with gloves on in UK weather. Might work in the Red Sea though.
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True....I live in San Diego! I'm going out to the islands here this weekend and we've been complaining it's going to be "cold"...high of 64F and water temp of 59F. Nothing a nice jacket and a 5mm wetsuit can't fix!
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Thanks for all of the replies, Dumb question, do you need to get the right charts like a sat nav or do they have them all?
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Thanks for all of the replies, Dumb question, do you need to get the right charts like a sat nav or do they have them all?
Hi Simon,

A UK purchased unit will generally have all the UK area on it. However, if you want to go to France say or somewhere else in Europe you are likely to have to purchase an additional card for that area.
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