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Lowrance / Motor Guide #13508526 04/08/20 04:47 PM
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So I want to upgrade my electronics and trolling motor since both are more than 10 years old. I've decided I want to stick to Lowrance and Motor Guide but I need advice on which model of Lowrance. Right now I don't think I'm going with the Live Sight but may do so if the quality improves to match what Garmin is doing.

I understand that the HDS Live 12 inch has much improved technology (processor speed, screen resolution, etc.) over the Carbons but I'm unsure if the extra cost for the Live is justified since I'm not going with Live Sight.

Looking for opinions here as well as suggestions on a unit for the bow other than a 9 inch HDS Live.

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Re: Lowrance / Motor Guide [Re: Richard G] #13510821 04/09/20 09:29 PM
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The Carbon's are great units (I run them currently) and you may find some good deals on used units now but that's also the rub. You cannot find new Carbon's and you don't know what a used one has been through or the trouble it could cause you. If you choose to go with a Carbon then I would check with Russel Marine Products on a more certified resale option.

Until there is something introduced from Lowrance that I cannot live without I will stick with my Carbons. I bought a Lowrance Ghost so I'm kind of married to Lowrace if I care to use the compatibility features.

I wouldn't mind adding a Livescope at some point though.

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NOTE with the Ghost you can move the foot switch over to the right side like you have with Motor Guide. Unless you already own the Lowrance-Motor Guide gateway kit, I would look at the GHOST with your soon to own Carbon or Live. I agree CARBON units are awesome units & should be able to find one at a good price.


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I run a 21ft CC bay boat and spend about the same amount of time in saltwater as I do fresh. I believe that currently rules out the Ghost TM.

What is your opinion of the image quality of Carbon 12 vs Live 12 for DI and SI using the 3-in-1 transducer on both?

Actually looking at 2-in-1 for SI/DI and a separate 2D transducer for on plane speeds. This will allow me to mount the 2 in 1 a bit higher or even position it up vertical when I'm in really skinny water when its not needed.

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I run a 2-1 on my boat with separate 2D sonar for the same reason. You can run the 3-1 and still use a separate 2D sonar and accomplish what you are after. Nice thing about the Carbon or Live is they have two channels for sonar/Structure scan ducers.
I will send you a PM with my phone number if you would like to discuss.


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