Thanks for the comments and input.
I went ahead and bought the lowrance elite 4 chirp/navionics for the following reasons:
1. I have owned an elite 5 dsi/gps so I am familiar with the menu/functions of it
2. Comes with navionics maps
3. Chirp multi-range radar frequency plus Down imaging
3. $50 rebate
4. excellent waterproof rating, full submersion w/no issues
DI 3d quality lower than raymarine
The Raymarine dragonfly 4 pro
I like the di clarity and precision, as well as the automatic chirp frequencies selected.
built in wifi feed to smartphone/handheld unit
priced $20 more than the elite ($70 with rebate) and I read that it would not be a good unit to submerge in water, which is an issue on a kayak due to potential flip/turtle.
It appears this unit does best between 3-5 mph which in the yak I have and my fishing style is not going to work for me. I need something that scans well at 1-3mph
the humminbird helix 5
good Down imaging
Factory mapping capability does not utilize topographic contours(deal-breaker)
purchasing navionics or other mapping card puts cost of unit well above elite 4 chirp/nav or dragonfly 4 pro
apparently difficult to dial in DI
Thanks again for the input and I look forward to getting on the water in my yak and new ff once it arrives.
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