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Help me pick a new fishfinder/gps combo


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The Trophy I just bought has an old humminbird ns 25 on it. It shuts off or locks up everytime out. I need to get a new one quick. The last 2 boats I had I put humminbird units on and both of them had issues. They had great customer service though. The three units I am looking at are the Lowrance elite 7, Raymarine Dragonfly, and Garmin echomap 50s.

I fish lake huron mostly. I want to be able to flush mount it. My boat budget will allow up to $700. What do you guys think?

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I can't speak on behalf of the other two, but I got the elite 7 this year and love it. Very easy navigation, great setup with selecting what pages are displayed on the screen and I haven't said "I wish I would have gotten ____", like I usually do after most electronic purchases. You can't beat the screen size for the money in my opinion.

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Ive akways had hBIRDS but after being on a boat for a few trips with the lowrance elite 7. Thatwill be on my next rig. way better than my 797 and easier to use.

My Hbirds have never let me down I just think they have fallen off the pace with new tech

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I put a Garmin 740s on this year and really like it. It might be a little out of your budget, though. I have been running Garmin's for about 6-7 years now and really like them and they have good customer service. Probably just preference as I think all are good units. The new Dragonfly sonar does look sweet though!

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Looks like I am going to order a Lowrance elite 7. Do I need the HDI version or is the broadband version sufficient for great lakes? Have no issues with ponying up more cash if the hdi ready unit is worth it. Thanks!

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I like using the HDI and am glad I got the option. It's nice for structure identification and also if you run the DI and sonar on split screen it's nice to have two things saying there's a fish down there. Also will show more detail versus the sonar just showing a big blob sometimes.

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I went with Humminbird. Got the 598 ci si hd. I love it and Humminbird customer service is great. Had an issue with my Ice 35 last year right after I bought it. contacte them. they paid for shipping to send it back and then sent me a brand new one to replace it. No questions asked. I had Garmin on the old silver one and I liked it very much but Birds side immaging and down immaging are second to none. I have had lowrances and have not been happy with them. Not sure about the new ones.

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