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Post Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 11:03 am 
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HI all

Time to replace the old Lowrance X85 ff that I have installed at the stern in my boat.
Lowrance has some nice rebates going on right now.
I can pick up a Elite 7 Chirp ff after $100 rebate for $472
They are also offering a $300 rebate on their HDS units.
I can get a HDS 7 Gen 2 combo unit after rebate for $575. I don't really need another GPS but it never hurts to have a spare onboard and I really like the features that the HDS offers.
I see that the new Gen 3 units have Chirp also but are $1200, more then I want to spend.
Both units come with a TM 50/200 transducer.

Not really sure on which way to go...Chirp or HDS.
I know some of you have these units and I would really appreciate your thoughts.

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Post Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 7:25 pm 
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Are you going to network the unit? ie get more than one unit? if so Go with HDS. If not go with the Elite. You can get chirp for the HDS as well.. one way is with the sonar hub. It is a black box network unit that I believe has not only chirp but structure scan. I have an HDS-7 Gen 2 with the LSS-2 structure scan unit and a HDS-7M Gen 2 touch chart plotter. Of course just after I bought it the chirp came out. They did just relase a firmware upgrade for the gen2 touch that makes the UI the same as the Gen 3. I may look into adding chirp but I have to talk to Lowrance about the best way to do it.

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Post Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 11:33 pm 
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I have the Elite 7 Chirp, it's a good unit and Chirp is amazing

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 11:09 am 
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Well I decided on the Elite seven
Supposed to see it on Tuesday of next week just in time for opening of our fishing season July 1
The HDS seven looks like a nice unit but I was afraid it wasn't "UBF"...... User Bill friendly...

Once I get it hooked up I may have a few questions for Scott

Thanks Bruce and Scott for the advice

Scott got a question for you, does the unit come with a screen cover ?

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 11:40 am 
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mudslinger wrote:

Scott got a question for you, does the unit come with a screen cover ?

Bill


Bill, can't speak for Scott, but I can say I've installed tons of new units from all manufacturers over the past few years. They ALL come with screen covers... :605_thumbs_up:

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 12:29 pm 
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Thanks Bob
I kinda figured it did come with one.

But you know how it is when you purchase some thing over the net. When you click buy and you go to your shopping cart it tells you some buyers of this unit also bought these related products....#1 on the list was a $23 screen cover. :rolleyes:

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 12:58 pm 
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mudslinger wrote:
Thanks Bob
I kinda figured it did come with one.

But you know how it is when you purchase some thing over the net. When you click buy and you go to your shopping cart it tells you some buyers of this unit also bought these related products....#1 on the list was a $23 screen cover. :rolleyes:

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If it's brand new in-the-box, go down to page 10...What's in the box...http://www.lowrance.com/Root/Lowrance-D ... -002_w.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

One of the reasons so many people may have bought the screen as that a lot of makers, the cover doesn't fit real snug. Leave it on the unit when trailering the boat? The cover will blow off as soon as you hit some decent speed. One of the manufacturers (forget which one) even has a warning sticker on the inside of the cover which basically says remove when operating the boat at higher speeds or when trailering...

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 6:46 pm 
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My Lowrance cover said that on the inside... oh and btw they sink REALLY fast! Mine flew out of my E-box and was gone... quick!

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 10:38 pm 
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mudslinger wrote:
Scott got a question for you, does the unit come with a screen cover ?


Mine sure didn't, ridiculous if you ask me

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Post Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 10:47 am 
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I got the unit installed sHa-shakeshout
Now I just got to figure out how to use it

Your right Scott......they don't come with a screen cover...cheap bassturds !!

I be open to any suggestions on what settings I should use for both the sonar and the down scan ??
I'll be using it strictly in the salt chuck. Normally trolling over bottom depths from 90-200 feet.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated
Salmon season starts July first...would like to have it somewhat dialed in for the opener.

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