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He wants to stay around $400....

Lowrance would be the brand of choice but will listen to suggestions
I have had bad luck with hummingturds

He doesn't know to much about them and I am no expert...

I want him to get a GPS and color unit.... So it sounds like a 520C or 522C to me.... |
Best price I can find is here
http://www.reedssports.com/Category/custom.taf?cpage=19

Thoughts? I told him just to buck up lol!
 

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thats a good deal on the lowrance units. i have the 522c internal i like it but i dont like it, i have a hard time getting the gps locked in, sometimes it will just take a minute ather times it will take hours.
 

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thats a good deal on the lowrance units. i have the 522c internal i like it but i dont like it, i have a hard time getting the gps locked in, sometimes it will just take a minute ather times it will take hours.
I have heard that complaint about the 520 series internal GPS. I have heard the display has to be almost vertical to get a good lock on satellites and that windshield frames frequently interfere with satellite acquisition.
 

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Definitely go with the external mount. Lowrance reccomends mounting the puck at least 3' away from the unit. I mounted mine on the back of the boat, so it has a clear "sight" all the way around it.
 

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Definitely go with the external mount. Lowrance reccomends mounting the puck at least 3' away from the unit. I mounted mine on the back of the boat, so it has a clear "sight" all the way around it.
Why??

My buddy just has a 16' lund so not a lot of room and it would really suck if some one clipped it.
 

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FishLip said:
Definitely go with the external mount. Lowrance reccomends mounting the puck at least 3' away from the unit. I mounted mine on the back of the boat, so it has a clear "sight" all the way around it.
Why??

My buddy just has a 16' lund so not a lot of room and it would really suck if some one clipped it.
Supposedly interference is the reason for mounting the 3'. I think the biggest help is just getting it away from the windshield and dash. In Colorado we are already fishing around so many obstructions i.e. mountains, that you want as clear of a space as possible. I mounted mine by the transom, clear of most foot traffic, it hasn't been an issue so much as hitting it, but I have been told if you store your boat oustide with a cover on it, be sure to disconnect the puck and stow away. the hot cover on top of the puck can melt the puck plastic.
 

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Cabela's had the 522C winter/summer kit on sale for $549. It had two transducers, one for summer, and one for winter to use the flasher option ice fishing; plus case, battery, charger. Don't know if they still have it going on.
 

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FishLip said:
Boondock said:
FishLip said:
Definitely go with the external mount. Lowrance reccomends mounting the puck at least 3' away from the unit. I mounted mine on the back of the boat, so it has a clear "sight" all the way around it.
Why??

My buddy just has a 16' lund so not a lot of room and it would really suck if some one clipped it.
Supposedly interference is the reason for mounting the 3'. I think the biggest help is just getting it away from the windshield and dash. In Colorado we are already fishing around so many obstructions i.e. mountains, that you want as clear of a space as possible. I mounted mine by the transom, clear of most foot traffic, it hasn't been an issue so much as hitting it, but I have been told if you store your boat oustide with a cover on it, be sure to disconnect the puck and stow away. the hot cover on top of the puck can melt the puck plastic.
Yeah good point. His boat has no windsheild.....

Here is a pic
 

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I have the 522c igps and never have had a problem getting or keeping gps signal. Couple things to keep in mind on it. First, try to keep the area above it relatively clear. Also, it likes to be mounted "mostly" vertical. It doesn't need to be at a 90 degree angle or anything, just don't expect it to keep a signal at 45 degrees.
 

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FishLip said:
The sledding video , was damn cool anyway!
lol I have a bunch from my roadtrip to Cali and last weekend.... Pic is up now lol

Which video was it anyways?
 

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Boondock said:
FishLip said:
The sledding video , was damn cool anyway!
lol I have a bunch from my roadtrip to Cali and last weekend.... Pic is up now lol

Which video was it anyways?
Not sure where it was, but it had a cool hill climb that resulted in a tumble, and some jumps off of a bluff. Makes me miss sleddin in the Bighorns.
 
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