Hey everyone , Wanting to get a depth finder for my boat and have no clue what I should get. I mainly fish close in and don't travel out far. I have a 18 foot Sea Ark jet-drive so that tells you where I fish the most. Just need some input on brands and features I should get because I know some of them have stuff Id never use. Would like it to be user friendly so my old butt can figure it out ! Thanks for any help guys.
The biggest considerations for inshore fish finders are the ability to see the screen in full sunlight and compatibility with the mapping cards that are best for your area. While most people find Garmin units to be the most intuitive to use, they lock you into their own maps which are not the best for inshore. Many people in our area like to use Florida Marine Tracks. These are expensive but provide the best high-resolution satellite images for finding bars and channels as well as pre-loaded safe tracks that will get you through a lot of our backcountry. Unfortunately, they only run on Navico (Simrad and Lowrance) instruments. The higher-end Navico machines have much better screens than the cheap ones like the Lowrance Hook. Take a look at the Simrad Go. Nice bang for the buck. You likely only need a 7" display for a small boat.
The 240 was a dandy. Inexpensive, easy to read, clearly visible in bright sunlight. Showed fish clearly and was big enuf to read easily without taking up too much room.
Prob'ly not even available anymore, but an up to date version should be out there.
I do agree with the previous comment about Garmin's useless maps, but that doesn't apply here.
Just for interest value, I really liked the Lowrance i600 GPS screen, too, but it's not too intuitive to use and awkward to work in the menus. I still use it in the car.
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