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Posted: 19 September 2010 05:17 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I’m looking at buying new depthfinders for my boat, Can anyone give any advice about the side view models, what brand and any experiance you have had good or bad.

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Posted: 19 September 2010 11:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I have an older Bottom Line side finder. It works great. It depends on how much you want to spend. Side finders work though, so if you can afford one it’s nice to have.  BH

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Posted: 20 September 2010 12:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I don’t mind spending 1000 to 2000 but I don’t want to spend it and be sorry. My plans are to try to find someone local with one and get some first hand experience. I have setteled on either the hummingbird 798c SI 5” screen or the 898c SI 7” screen. It is alot of money for a amature fisherman but I think it would save alot of time looking for structure that might hold fish.

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Posted: 20 September 2010 07:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Hey Doug, now that I have them I can’t fish without them. There is nothing like it. I can say I’ve caught more fish because of them.  BH

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Posted: 13 January 2011 03:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Last summer I replaced my sonar at5 the console with a Lowrance HDS 5, with the advance GPS upgrade and the SSt Stucturescan module.  I will probably replace my bow unit with another HDS unit this spring prior to hitting the water.  I cannot believe how great these units are.  Your can chart a lot of water when you’re scanning a 150 yard path along your direction of travel. You can load waypoints from anywhere on the screen by simply moving the cursor. I’m still learning so at this time I don’t even know what the limits are.  It’s also really nice to see an actual image of the structure.

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Posted: 13 January 2011 04:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Doug, go with the 898 over the 797. I have the 797cSI and its too small. You can find the 800 series on ebay new for a decent price.

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Posted: 13 January 2011 11:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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doug - 19 September 2010 09:17 AM

I’m looking at buying new depthfinders for my boat, Can anyone give any advice about the side view models, what brand and any experiance you have had good or bad.

I have a Humminbird unit and I like it a lot. The major problem is trying to mount the transducer in a location that will not be blocked by the outboard or in a area that has too much turbulence.
I bought the 798 si. The SI units internal guts are the same in all models the screen size is the only difference. I would say that it would be nice to get a bigger screen it really makes using the side scan and down scan easier to read. I know this because I record the image to the SD card and look at it later on my laptop screen. It can really open your eyes to what it down there. I’m warning you though it can make you mad. If you normally fish in stained water and don’t catch fish you assume there are none there. The side imaging unit with just prove to you that there are fish there… you just don’t have the skills to catch them.

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Posted: 13 January 2011 12:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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combsdale - 13 January 2011 04:47 PM
doug - 19 September 2010 09:17 AM

I’m looking at buying new depthfinders for my boat, Can anyone give any advice about the side view models, what brand and any experiance you have had good or bad.

I have a Humminbird unit and I like it a lot. The major problem is trying to mount the transducer in a location that will not be blocked by the outboard or in a area that has too much turbulence.
I bought the 798 si. The SI units internal guts are the same in all models the screen size is the only difference. I would say that it would be nice to get a bigger screen it really makes using the side scan and down scan easier to read. I know this because I record the image to the SD card and look at it later on my laptop screen. It can really open your eyes to what it down there. I’m warning you though it can make you mad. If you normally fish in stained water and don’t catch fish you assume there are none there. The side imaging unit with just prove to you that there are fish there… you just don’t have the skills to catch them.

LMAO!!  That is funny.  That would be my luck right there!

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Posted: 14 January 2011 09:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I have about decided to buy the 898 series and it looks like It may come with a new Triton to haul it around on if everything works out.

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Posted: 14 January 2011 09:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I you want a Triton make sure you get a quote from Kevin’s brother at D and R Sports….

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Posted: 14 January 2011 10:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Does he have a website or do you know a phone number,

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Posted: 15 January 2011 05:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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doug - 15 January 2011 03:16 AM

Does he have a website or do you know a phone number,

What model Triton are you wanting?

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Posted: 15 January 2011 11:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Doug,

This is one piece of equipment you do not want to skimp on.
At a minimum I would recommend a sonar/gps combo. Preferably a combo that includes side imaging.
The 898 from Humminbird is one of the best values on the market.
Humminbird’s free downloadable upgrades and Ethernet connectivity are great features to consider.

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Posted: 15 January 2011 11:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Hi Mr. Damm, do you think color is really necessary or is black and white just as good?  BH

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Posted: 15 January 2011 11:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Sorry I meant to write Mr. Vandam i just got excited when I saw you on here. oops BH

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Posted: 16 January 2011 10:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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My plans are for a 18 1/2’ boat either the 18 Explorer or the tr 18 with a 150 motor. I have a older model 17’ boat now with with a 150 carburated Evinrude motor that I bought new and have had good luck with it and I want to stay in this size range with either a Mercury or Yamaha.

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