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Old 01-07-2017, 12:44 AM
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A friend is having big troubles trying to decide on which fish finder to buy for her 420 quintrex busta.

Im watching closely because im also going to want one in the near future.

She does not want lowrance because she just sold one , neither do i.

She is liking garmin and hummingbird in the 9 inch screen models with side imaging.

She cannot decide which one has the clearest pics of fish and neither can i.

We drove around and looked at different models in demo mode and they all look good.

Does anyone have screen shots and advise please .

She is buying from Whitworths because she lives in Mosman Park and they are right near her house and sell both brands.
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Old 01-07-2017, 01:16 AM
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Old 01-07-2017, 08:46 AM
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garmin striker, nice reliable unit unlike lowrance lol
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Old 01-07-2017, 08:53 AM
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She just sold her new replacement lowrance .

She doesnt want anotjer one.
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Old 01-07-2017, 09:02 AM
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unfortunately that's the problem with lowrance, they break and replace it with a remanufactured (read previously broken one) from Mexico and your warranty on the new (remanufactured one) is only half of the original warranty. good units just unreliable.
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i am happy enough with my Humminbird 898. Its about 5 years old now, so i assume the newer models will be even better.

I think that most brands are fine these days, you just need to invest some time to play around with whatever unit you buy and learn how to read what you are seeing on the screen. I am just getting a good handle on recognising fish in side view mode now.

The other consideration is whether you want to link an electric motor to it at some stage, eg. Minn Kota links to Humminbird and Motorguide links to Lowrance.

There should be some good specials at the moments so although Whitworths are good, shop around online as well.
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Old 01-07-2017, 09:20 PM
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She has chosen the Helix 9 chirp mega si gps G2N...

I will fit a Garmin 95sv if my tax refund allows it after bills are paid.
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Old 02-07-2017, 01:36 AM
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The other consideration is whether you want to link an electric motor to it at some stage, eg. Minn Kota links to Humminbird and Motorguide links to Lowrance.

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You can link Humminbird, Lowrance or Garmin to a Minnkota, they sell adaptors for each.
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Old 02-07-2017, 07:21 AM
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Hi Mick
the adapter is for the transducer if the Minn Kota has a built in transducer
otherwise Motor guide to Lowrance. Minn Kota to Hummingbird
to be able to control from the Head Unit
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to be able to control from the Head Unit
So this bit has my interest. Sorry for going off track with this thread
I am looking at upgrading my current 55lb Wireless Motorguide in the not too distant future with a spot lock model. Because I run Lowrance on my boat & have been very happy with the current unit, an Xi5 is leading the race.........but the fact that the Min kota has a grooved shaft for running the TX cable in has me looking seriously at these also.

Sadly and for reasons perhaps only known to Mercury, the motorguides inbuilt TX is only available on the freshwater models. No good to me.

I'm assuming that control from the head unit, refers to the ability of the leccie to follow a path laid out on the plotter. Is that correct?
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Old 05-07-2017, 06:24 AM
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Hi CK
to answer your question yes you can follow a path on the Head unit
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So this bit has my interest. Sorry for going off track with this thread
I am looking at upgrading my current 55lb Wireless Motorguide in the not too distant future with a spot lock model. Because I run Lowrance on my boat & have been very happy with the current unit, an Xi5 is leading the race.........but the fact that the Min kota has a grooved shaft for running the TX cable in has me looking seriously at these also.

Sadly and for reasons perhaps only known to Mercury, the motorguides inbuilt TX is only available on the freshwater models. No good to me.

I'm assuming that control from the head unit, refers to the ability of the leccie to follow a path laid out on the plotter. Is that correct?
Follow a route, head to a waypoint, control speed and direction, basically drive the thing :-)
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Old 05-07-2017, 09:38 AM
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I bought a freshwater cable steer motorguide in 2002.
I just sold it 2 months ago. It had not corroded and or
rusted in any way. The powder coating was perfect.
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She has chosen the Helix 9 chirp mega si gps G2N...

I will fit a Garmin 95sv if my tax refund allows it after bills are paid.
Would love that helix! How exy are they???
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I bought a freshwater cable steer motorguide in 2002.
I just sold it 2 months ago. It had not corroded and or
rusted in any way. The powder coating was perfect.

Thanks Bender, thats good to know.
Still a bit undecided which way to go.
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