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Maddawg46
02-25-2012, 09:42 PM
My wife just made me buy 2 new fish/depth finders. Yes that's correct. She wants to make sure we are set with our first boat. So"......I purchased a Lowrance HDS5x for the bow (killer price $399)and a Lowrance gen2 HDS5 with GPS for the cockpit ( ordered that one). I hope I chose wisely. The depth finder I had was a 8 year old Humminbird that came with the boat when I bought it. The depth finder worked but the GPS was not working. New to boating, so don't want to get lost in the Delta.
So was my choice a good one?

ReelJerks
02-26-2012, 08:08 AM
You made a great choice and you will definitely enjoy the HDS experience. Don't forget to check Lowrance for any rebates that you may be eligible for Lowrance Ultimate Upgrade (http://www.lowrance.com/en-us/specialoffers/ultimate-upgrade/)

And when the time is right for you don't forget to add Structure Scan. Both your units can share the Structure Scan, however, only the Generation 2 units can utilize the StructureMap feature. I played with this a lot at the Bakersfield CalShow and I can't tell you just how impressive that feature is.

Edd

bretmoua
02-27-2012, 08:28 AM
Wow. Great buy. Now if every fishermen's wife was like yours, we would all be very happy fishermen! LOL

AnglingWes
02-27-2012, 09:49 AM
Awesome setup Maddawg, you won't be disappointed.

Thread Hijack:
Edd, can you use the StructureMap with custom, user created maps? I want to overlay on top of a bathymetric map i created using Fugawi of a costal region.


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ReelJerks
02-27-2012, 09:59 AM
Awesome setup Maddawg, you won't be disappointed.

Thread Hijack:
Edd, can you use the StructureMap with custom, user created maps? I want to overlay on top of a bathymetric map i created using Fugawi of a costal region.


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StructureMap is an OVERLAY option so as long as your HDS Gen2 unit will load and display your custom map, you should be able to place StructureMap on top. I don't know of anyone who has done this yet, so it may best serve you to call customer service first. Hold times are now less than 2 minutes per call. 1-800-628-4487

Edd

blwn31
02-27-2012, 10:00 AM
"My wife just made me buy 2 new fish/depth finders." Gee, I wish we all had that problem. LMAO! You won't be disappointed. I love my HDS5. Only wish it was an HDS7 or 8!

Keith

ReelJerks
02-27-2012, 04:05 PM
Awesome setup Maddawg, you won't be disappointed.

Thread Hijack:
Edd, can you use the StructureMap with custom, user created maps? I want to overlay on top of a bathymetric map i created using Fugawi of a costal region.


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Wes your post got me thinking so I checked further and what Lowrance advertises is StructureMap works with the Base map, Insight, Insight HD, and Navionics cards. Soooo I am not sure it will overlay the data on a custom map. Best to give CS a call.

Edd

AnglingWes
02-27-2012, 04:23 PM
Thank you. I sent an email. It's not a huge deal, but we often overlay our own maps on the Navi Base, and I'm curious to know if it will overlay on top of a other overlay.

My dad just got a Gen 2 on his rig in Seattle. Haven't gotten to play with it in person yet.


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Scottish pride
03-29-2012, 05:39 PM
Would you possibly want to sell the old unit? I don't need gps and mine was stolen last year when my house was robbed. Have been using an ancient loran/fishfinder my father in law gave me.