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#474101 - 11/05/09 09:19 PM Re: GPS/chart plotter/FishFinder [Re: SNUPY]  
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Just a note the Garmin 620 & 640 are not sonar compatible.


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#474104 - 11/05/09 09:50 PM Re: GPS/chart plotter/FishFinder [Re: SNUPY]  
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Another thing to consider are the dates of the 3 books you have of the Mississippi (I had to sing the song) as charts should be updated every so often. I will confess I have charts for the Chesapeake Bay that are maybe 5 years old.


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#474114 - 11/05/09 11:02 PM Re: GPS/chart plotter/FishFinder [Re: On Holiday]  
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Five years is outdated? The rivers don't move do they? LOL. I have a sneaking suspicious they're outdated then.


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#481908 - 03/25/10 03:00 AM Re: GPS/chart plotter/FishFinder [Re: SNUPY]  
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We boat at night as much as we do in the day. we had a boat without a GPS and now one with a GPS. Now trying to upgrade. Even if you get a 5" screen GPS the difference of not having one at all is enormous. We boat at Lake Texoma, one of the few navigational lakes in the south, and I could kiss my GPS when a sudden fog comes in or rain like it does in Texas and we are miles from our marina. We had a Lowrance 5200c and it did not take up a lot of space. Buy a Lowrance HDS-5 with a built in antenna. Hook it up and turn it on and there you will see your boat on the screen as you move with a lot of detail. The screen is square so easy to see. Once you have one, and you dont like to rush back to the shore like a PWC at sunset, you will never be without one. The only cost for this system is the one time fee of buying it.

#481921 - 03/25/10 10:25 AM Re: GPS/chart plotter/FishFinder [Re: blackanchor]  
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LOL I forgot all about this thread.

Thanks for the tips blackanchor.

We ended up buying a Garmin 536s. I am really looking forward to getting to use it in a few weeks, lmao.


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#481936 - 03/25/10 06:52 PM Re: GPS/chart plotter/FishFinder [Re: FreshWaterLover]  
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Good luck with learning all of the new systems you have to when getting a new boat. As well as learning how to handle the boat at the same time. The chart plotter will be fun to learn and can be a great tool. You will find it to be of little use on the river but that is a good area to learn from as long as you have good charts for the river you are on. Remember, the river is always a moving thing! What you find as deep water today may very well be shallow or holding a snagged log tomorrow. You will never find that change on a chart or a plotter of any model in the world. Your best instrument for traveling a river is your eyes looking out at what is around you. When I first bought a GPS the screen was tiny and the keys were small as well. My wife misprogrammed by one digit and we ended up calling a Mayday from the middle of Lake Superior because we found ourselves somewhere we did not expect to be and we hit a submerged island! Solid Granite! Tore the whole out drive off the boat and it sunk to the bottom. We tried to follow! If we had double checked the paper chart better we would have not been in the position! The next Plotter we had had a retail price of $12,000. It served us well! That is until it quit when we were 10 miles offshore in Northern Lake Michigan and it lost it's program.(only fix was available from the factory shipped in three weeks later) Knowing what that plotter is expected to do and knowing what you need to do if it does not is priceless.
Get a paper chart of the Illinois River and learn to use it.At least you can see both banks at most times. (unless extremely foggy)
Boating is fun, until you do not know what to do when you find your self in trouble!

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#481940 - 03/25/10 07:13 PM Re: GPS/chart plotter/FishFinder [Re: LB]  
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LOL ouch LB

I have the paper chart books of the Illinois waterways, and the Illinois Waterways river travel book from that Indiana waterways website, (also have the Ohio river one from there). I don't have charts except for online ones for Lake Michigan yet, but plan on it.

As for learning it all, Bob and I talk about that all the time, and how we have like a year or two's learning to do just to know what we have now, much less anything else we come across.


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