I have the Xi5 and Lowrance HDS networked. I can look for brush and fish remotely from my console and then use my HDS to send the trolling motor directly to the brush piles and anchor on them. I don't have to move to the front and then try to get on top of the pile before fishing.
I believe that you should network w/ the compatible electronics or you are not using all of the available technology that you paid for w/ the Xi5. If David sold Lowrance, I believe that he would agree w/ me.
Not the case. A simple buoy marker takes me to my point then I simply hit anchor. The reason for the Xi5 is the hold ability. Not the link ability. Plus you do not need to purchase all of the gateway and NMEA kit $325 expense to have your trolling motor take you there as all you are truly wanting is to have the anchor feature.
Humminbird: Simply. Clearly. Better
MotorGuide Xi5: Much. Much. Tighter hold on your position.
I believe we may very well see MotorGuide become compatible with Humminbird at some point as MotorGuide is not married to Lowrance as Humminbird and Minn Kota are to Johnson Outdoors. MotorGuide can conform to accept Humminbird just as they did for Lowrance and MotorGuide see's it.
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