GPS: What Works

VentureCrew35

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Clearly the way to go is Lowrance. My question is how low end can I go? Should I not stray outside units tagged with "Baja?" (Such as the 540c), would the 3500c work as well? 5200c, etc? Any suggestions?
 

Zambo

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Any will work for what you guys are doing. My suggestion: get the cheapest color lowrance you can find. A 480c will do.
 

baja stu

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Good luck finding a new non HD model for sale. Ever since the HD came out they discontinued the old models.
 

07FJRog

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you can get the Eagle Intellimap for less, ( made by lowrance also)

same specs, except less resolution.

one example http://www.boatersworld.com/product/MP63515274.htm?utm_medium=productsearch&utm_source=google $ 400.00 for a 642 iGPS

Eagle® fullsize, stand-alone mapping GPS+WAAS, with 256-color, sunlight-viewable 640Vx480H pixel, high-res TFT display! Now with an internal GPS+WAAS antenna!

Features:
Display:

  • Ultra-bright, 5" (12.7 cm) diagonal screen
  • 256-color, enhanced TFT LCD
  • High-definition 640Vx480H resolution
  • Fluorescent cold-cathode backlit screen and keypad
  • Unique Resize Window to adjust split-screen display
  • Overlay Data feature displays GPS data on any full- or split-screen display

Recording:

  • Waterproof card slot for one MMC/SD memory card (not included) to record GPS data files, and to load high-detail electronic chart options for nav display
  • Compatible with optional plug-and-play Lowrance FreedomMaps™, Fishing Hot Spots® Elite, LakeMaster® Pro Maps, NauticPath™ Coastal, and Navionics® electronic charts on MMC/SD cards

Chartplotter:

  • Built-in, 12-parallel channel GPS+WAAS antenna
  • WAAS-enabled for enhanced position accuracy to 3 m (under 10 ft) at select locations
  • Custom, built-in background map with enhanced continental U.S. and Hawaii detail including over 60,000 nav aids and 10,000 wrecks and obstructions in coastal and Great Lakes waters, as well as interstate exit services, and more inland navigation features
  • Optional GPS Mapping Accessories Pack with MapCreate™ CD software, one digital media card, and an MMC/SD card reader/writer that:
    • Lets you create unlimited, custom, detailed maps on reusable digital media cards (MMC/SD)
    • Includes unique, searchable database of streets, addresses, and over 2,000,000 Point-of-Interest (POI) to easily find/identify marinas, fuel, restaurants, hotels, airports, emergency services, and more
  • Saves up to 1,000 waypoints, 1,000 event markers, and 100 routes (up to 100 waypoints/route))
  • 100 savable plot trails with up to 10,000 points in any trail
  • 42 graphic icons to mark your favorite spots
  • 40 map zoom ranges - from 0.02 to 4,000 miles - with easy zoom-in/out control
  • Selectable on/off GPS alarms: Off Course, Arrival, and Anchor
  • One-touch M-O-B (man overboard) navigation
  • High-speed screen updates

Performance:

  • Internal back-up memory keeps your preferred GPS settings and stored GPS data safe and accessible for years
  • Rugged, reliable, completely sealed and waterproof casing, even for use in harsh saltwater environments
  • Full one-year warranty
 
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