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#11663331 - 06/12/16 10:36 PM Garmin is going back.....Helix or Hook or Elite 7
tbucket101 Offline
Angler

Registered: 03/19/13
Posts: 349
Loc: Saginaw
With being a graph newbie, and my $1200 limit to replace the Garmin, not sure which unit is the best to go with. I want to use Navionics as I got tired of relying on my iPhone app when I had a brand new Garmin but from my understanding, both HB and Lowrance use Navi so I should be covered there.
Helix 9
Hook 9
Elite 7 total scan

I haven't found myself NEEDING SI yet but then again, I'm a graph newbie so maybe I will down the road. Of course the draw of the Hook and Helix are the larger screens. The touch screen on the 7 isn't much of a draw as I deal with touchscreen technology daily at work and find that most of the time, that's one of the first features of a screen that begins to malfunction and or gets damaged easily. Maybe different components used in this industry, still just gun shy on the touch screen. (As I sit typing on an iPad that has never failed me)

Any pros/cons on these units guys would be greatly appreciated!

Adam
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#11663358 - 06/12/16 10:51 PM Re: Garmin is going back.....Helix or Hook or Elite 7 [Re: tbucket101]
jcombsiv Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 08/10/14
Posts: 225
Loc: Leander, TX
The hook series won't talk to each other if you ever get a 2nd unit. The Helix 9 and larger do. Check out EBay as some places list Hummingbird units cheap, got mine for $200 off, which payed for the map card

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#11663370 - 06/12/16 11:06 PM Re: Garmin is going back.....Helix or Hook or Elite 7 [Re: tbucket101]
Jake Shannon(Skeet4Life) Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 10/31/10
Posts: 7275
Loc: Tyler, Tx/Arlington, Tx
Helix IMO just got a helix 9 with DI, GPS and 2d for my bow

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#11663490 - 06/13/16 06:52 AM Re: Garmin is going back.....Helix or Hook or Elite 7 [Re: tbucket101]
JJHunts Online   content
Angler

Registered: 01/26/10
Posts: 433
I have 2 Helix 9's and will take them over the HDS 2 units I swapped them with. Look up. Shut-Up-and-Fish in the classified section. David is a good dude and not far from you. You can't beat his prices and he will be there with great customer service. I would rather have that then buying off e-bay if it's an option. PM if you have any other ?'s about the helix's.

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#11664308 - 06/13/16 12:43 PM Re: Garmin is going back.....Helix or Hook or Elite 7 [Re: tbucket101]
Stacey Dude Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 05/31/03
Posts: 2100
Loc: Keller, Texas
Can I ask why you are replacing the Garmin?

Which Garmin are you using?

If I were to replace it I would get the Helix 9, maybe the Lawrence elite TI 7
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#11664324 - 06/13/16 12:51 PM Re: Garmin is going back.....Helix or Hook or Elite 7 [Re: Stacey Dude]
tbucket101 Offline
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Registered: 03/19/13
Posts: 349
Loc: Saginaw
73sv....Mainly because of the mapping and for me, I just seem to like the Helix more. They were out of the Helix 9 when I was at BPS and these were on sale for $549.99 which is a steal for what you get- I just should have waited or drove to Dallas and grabbed at 9 instead of being drawn in by the price. But other than a persona preference against their mapping, the unit is crystal clear, fast and very user friendly.
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#11664955 - 06/13/16 04:41 PM Re: Garmin is going back.....Helix or Hook or Elite 7 [Re: tbucket101]
tbucket101 Offline
Angler

Registered: 03/19/13
Posts: 349
Loc: Saginaw
Geese....$500 more for SI on the Helix 10, not sure if it is worth that big of s step up in price.


Edited by tbucket101 (06/13/16 04:41 PM)
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#11665482 - 06/13/16 08:22 PM Re: Garmin is going back.....Helix or Hook or Elite 7 [Re: tbucket101]
Trickster Online   content
TFF Guru

Registered: 07/27/07
Posts: 33005
Loc: Plano TX
I went with the Hook 9 for the front of the boat. Going to be a while before I can get it setup. I liked the mapping/gps/boat position icon better in the SIM mode.
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#11665531 - 06/13/16 08:49 PM Re: Garmin is going back.....Helix or Hook or Elite 7 [Re: tbucket101]
Diezel_Rocker Offline
Angler

Registered: 05/28/06
Posts: 444
Loc: DFW
I run a Helix 12 and 10 and like them a lot, just upgraded from a 1197 and 958. One thing- I'd would DEFINITELY go with Lakemaster maps over Navionics. On a HB unit they are the only way to go. I use the Navionics app on my iPad but being able to use shallow water highlight and target depth highlights on Lakemaster is invaluable.
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#11665563 - 06/13/16 09:03 PM Re: Garmin is going back.....Helix or Hook or Elite 7 [Re: tbucket101]
Diezel_Rocker Offline
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Registered: 05/28/06
Posts: 444
Loc: DFW
One other thing.. I have learned a ton about electronics from watching Doug's videos on Youtube. He has over 100 videos and they are awesome.

Here is one on Lakemaster mapping.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYJ13FlAoEo
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#11665618 - 06/13/16 09:29 PM Re: Garmin is going back.....Helix or Hook or Elite 7 [Re: tbucket101]
tbucket101 Offline
Angler

Registered: 03/19/13
Posts: 349
Loc: Saginaw
On the Helix 7 and up units, do any of them run both DI and 2D?
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#11665666 - 06/13/16 09:48 PM Re: Garmin is going back.....Helix or Hook or Elite 7 [Re: tbucket101]
woody123 Online   content
Outdoorsman

Registered: 05/22/11
Posts: 49
All Humminbird DI units have 2D


Edited by woody123 (06/13/16 09:51 PM)

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#11665699 - 06/13/16 09:59 PM Re: Garmin is going back.....Helix or Hook or Elite 7 [Re: tbucket101]
bronco71 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/05/06
Posts: 1049
Loc: Farmers Branch/Sulphur Bluff
I got an Elite 7 HDI online from Cabelas for $299, refurb but warranty included, no side scan but has GPS charting and down image plus sonar and works with my nav card. I have an old broadview up front that works well enough for my side views. Haven't had a chance to try out the Elite yet....


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#11665737 - 06/13/16 10:17 PM Re: Garmin is going back.....Helix or Hook or Elite 7 [Re: woody123]
tbucket101 Offline
Angler

Registered: 03/19/13
Posts: 349
Loc: Saginaw
That's what I thought but the Cabelas guy swore that wasn't so and when I left, I was all jacked up and confused. Thanks
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