Originally Posted by captmikem
well, West Marine
has a GARMIN
echoMAP™ 44dv Chartplotter/Sonar Combo with DownVü Scanning Sonar
for $199. pretty good plotter, but it has a fish
finder with it.
it also has a $200 rebate if you buy it and a garmin Blue Chart G2 Vision HD charrt card.
it comes with a Garmin Blue chart but, if you can find a good deal on the HD card, you can get the whole lot for pretty cheap
Well, I didn't see this until now, but thanks, that's what I bought.
I was researching the Elite 5 and the similar size Raymarine
products when this Garmin 44dv popped up under the two-day flash sale
on WM website. $200! It's approximately the same size as what I have now. So I drove to WM and looked at it and the "larger" units, and guess what- the Elite 5 and Raymarine
screens aren't functionally as big as they look! That would have been a disappointment.
The 44dv comes with a transom mounted transducer, which will go in the trash or sit in a box; I may try it through the hull
to see what happens, more likely have to buy a separate transducer.
One of the things that sold me on the 44dv is the number of boaters (mostly fishermen) who were pleased with how well they could see it in bright light.