Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
traveler

GPS in boat?

11 posts in this topic

Time to bite the bullet and add GPS to the boat. My choices as I see 'em;

1. A new graph/GPS unit....my current graph is a decent Lowrance, and I'm not a big electronics guy anyway, so I'd rather spend less then this option.

2. A new handheld GPS (I lost my last one.lol) This is the way I thought I'd go, but I hear about chips w/maps built in and it sounds pretty good....which leads to;

3. Are the chips/software available for GPS-only units? Or do I have to go all out for a combo type of unit to get the newer technology?

Excuse my electronics ignorance, not really my bag:) But I have a bigger boat now and find myself getting out on Superior more, and do make frequent trips to Red, so the gPS thing keeps nagging at me...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I totally understand where you are coming from. I was recently down this road.

I got the Humminbird 785c chartplotter/gps. Awesome unit. User friendly and very easy to operate. Not too many buttons and the menus are simple to work through. This is important to me as I work with hammers and welding rods and not fancy electronic stuff every day.

I use the same Navonics chip in my 785 that I use in my H2O.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I love the GPS/graph combo but I know guys that use the H20 in thier boat along with a graph. This is a decent option and the H20 can handle lake chips as well as being portable and can be used in the winter. I personally like my Lowrance 522c which can also be used in the winter with a kit.

Once you have a GPS in the boat, you won't want to fish without one.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I went through this 2 years ago, I ended up with the Handheld H20c GPS (w/ Lakemaster chip), a graph on the console, and a graph on front.

It's a lot cheaper than buying 2 combo units and I wanted the handheld for ice fishing anyway, plus you have all your waypoints at the front and rear with the handheld. The downside is that the H20c screen is so small that you can't see it while fishing in the front, you have to bend down or keep it in you pocket.

If cost wasn't an issue I'd have the full size combo units front and rear, but you're talking $4k+ at that point.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you can get the gps/combo. The h20's work good, but are hard to read when your are moving with the small screen. The h20 works great in the winter. I started out with the h2o, but now have the gps/combos in both the front and back. The gps is a great tool for fishing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Get a combo or a graph and gps seperate. At times you can get the 2 cheaper than a combo unit. I have tried the H2Oc in the boat and it is very hard to read and even worse when moving at much speed. I do like it in the boat to save ice fishing spots on though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

get the combo unit you wont be sorry. i have a graph/h2o setup and it can be very hard to read especially when your on the move. my buddy has a lowrance unit with both sonar and gps and having the bigger brighter split screen or full screen (you can switch back and forth) that unit is awsome. if i could currently afford it i would bite the bullet too. COMBO UNIT ALL THE WAY.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I like the H2Oc for ice fishing and hunting ..... but in a boat you'll get much better performance out of a full size color gps. Especially with the map cards available these days, they are much easier to read and you'll see more detail on a full size unit than you will with a handheld gps.

Personally I like having two units instead of 1 combo unit, so in my boat I have one permanent mount color unit for GPS only and one for depthfinder only. It costs a bit more than getting a combo unit but you get MUCH more screen area to view on. And depending on where you are and how you fish you could say that having a full size color gps is more important than having a full size color depthfinder.

I think that right now Eagle and Humminbird are the best options for a good color gps chartplotters that use map cards. Lowrance has good chartplotters too but they come preloaded with Insight Maps so they are more expensive. They pretty much all come with internal antennas now so more and more guys are using them as portable units for ice fishing, then putting them back on their boats in the summer.

If you want to check them out you can see all the gps chartplotters at Pro Fishing Supply.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

GPS-COMBO UNIT ??

I like a hand-held - good for open water, and then

for ice-fishing. If you don't live in ares which

become ice-bound, well, "your mileage may vary".

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a H20c with Navionics and like it very much. It's easy to read when I'm at the console. The downside is if I'm roaming around in the boat I have to get within a few feet to see where I'm at. The plus is that I can get by with a smaller sonar screen, since I don't have to split to show both GPS/Sonar. I like having a longer depth history on the screen.

I am in a bit of a dilema for next year. 1) Go with an HDS 5x with side scan where I flip between the side scan and sonar. 2) sell the H20c and get an HDS 7 with split screen using two views alternately: sonar/GPS or S.I./GPS 3) Better yet keep the H20c and use HDS7 with split screen SI/sonar. So many decisions smile

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • How can a bird with brain the size of a pea out smart us!
    • The 2 lakes i bass fish have slowed way down the last week.   A swim-bait ripple shad was hot ticket for a while but that is just a pike attraction right now.  Been switching to a Senko and helped a little.   Pads are coming up fast now and we should see a spike up in activity soon.  Cannot wait to throw the frogs soon as that is the biggest rush watching those eruptions in the water!!   Thanks for posting as i found it to be quite slower than usual also.   Which means i need to find better ammo during those times.  
    • Tomorrow we will be back at it
    • I am giving it a last hurrah tomorrow. Sorry I haven't been able to check in here much. I have hardly been able to get out this year between work, a baby at home, and a recent trip out of the country for a relative's wedding.    Last time I was out I had a real nice Tom within 20 yards after a very long standoff. I think I screwed it up by rushing myself a bit. He stood around 50 yards out literally strutting back and forth like someone had drawn a line in the mud that he wouldnt cross. He must not have wanted to fight with the strutter decoy we had out. He did that for 45 minutes to an hour and finally came our way after a hen led him towards us.    They came past us but were outside the decoys and angling slightly away from us. Then the tom turned and started angling straight at the strutter decoy. That meant he was basically quartering to me and when he was 15-17 yards or so out I drew because in the back of my mind i was thinking if he kept moving that way and past the decoy he would quickly be in a spot I would have had no shot.   In hindsight I think he had realized (once he got close enough) that he would have been able to whoop up on the decoy and he was coming in to do just that. I probably should have waited to see, but I didn't and right as I hit the backwall of my draw his head popped up on alert and he turned around and walked straight away knowing something wasn't quite right. I could have easily shot at him at 20 yards but he was facing away and I just didn't feel comfortable. I am confident I would have hit my mark but I didn't like shooting at something walking straight away when I am not experienced with bow hunting turkeys.   I know some people will say that I should have shot, but I have been bow hunting for awhile and never wounded anything because of a poor shot or poor shot selection, so I didn't want that to be a first. Hopefully I get a shot at redemption tomorrow!
    • Way to go team!! I sure took the avg score down with my jake
    • nice story, fishing has a way of easing the pains we have. even when we hurt like crazy when done for the day we are looking forward to the next outing.
    • way to go, guys yep, the toms not about to give up even though its close to closing time have seen several strutters the past couple weeks and heard gobbles yesterday while fishing
    • great job. makes it 5 for 5 for team 5 congrats on a nice tom, 57 and that willl give our team score a boost
    • One More Cast      Photo by:  Roger Abraham   If any of you out there are regular readers of my tales, you have followed my recent struggles with back and knees.  I can’t put a name to this drive I have to be on the stream as of late.  It borders on obsession. I guess in my mind if I am healthy enough to fish the world is right with me and I am not getting old and feeble.      Today I was a witness to that I am not the only one.  Lots of anglers and hunters live to go out into the outdoors. .  It is what drives them.  It makes them feel alive.  It is their passion.  I told my fishing buddy Abe today my thoughts.  I told him how I was feeling a little old.  I guess my 60th birthday coming up next month makes me feel mortal.  Abe laughed and said I was a young buck compared to him.  Abe turns 76 this year.     Abe told me tales about catching big trout in tiny streams in Wisconsin and out west.  The twinkle in his eye when he reminisced I had seen before in many trout anglers.      We fished a stretch for 2 hours.  I sat down and rested often.  Abe kept on fishing. He got hung up in a box elder branch and lost a lure.  Abe told me box elders trees were his nemesis when he fished.   He asked me which tree was my kryptonite.  I told him, "ones with branches."  We both had a chuckle and continued fishing.   I thought to myself this guy is really driven.  I hope I am like him at 76.     We got to the vehicle and Abe wanted to continue fishing.  Abe’s waders sprang a leak earlier and he fell in the water a couple times.  He was quite wet.  He wanted to change in to dry clothes before we continue.  Abe peeled off his wet shirt and there were two things stuck to his chest.  He could tell by my questioning look he needed to tell me what was up.     Abe told me he had been having heart problems lately and he was supposed to be wearing a heart monitor.  He left it in the car because he was afraid of getting the electronics wet.  Here I have been whining about being old and the guy I was fishing with left his heart monitor in his vehicle.      Abe reassured me that he was in no danger and he could continue fishing.  I started brainstorming on a place to fish where it was not so hard walking.  Now that I knew he was not as healthy as he looked I wanted an easy place to fish.  I knew the place and it was upstream 5 miles.     We arrived at the well manicured field.  It looked like a golf green.  I picked the area because the farmer kept sheep and goats on the land and the weeds and brush were gone because of the goats.  We walked and fished.     Abe told tales of the old days and of fish lost and landed.  I walked a little forward to fish and looked back to check up on Abe.  What I saw when I looked back scared me and I immediately asked Abe if he was ok.  Abe was laying flat on the ground face down.  I thought the worst and he could tell by my face.  He told me to calm down.  His back was acting up and he needed to straight it out and that was the best way to do it.   We fished a little bit more and he took a photo of me.  He liked the lighting. He told me it captured the essence of trout fishing.  He did not have a camera.  I let him use mine.  He was not camera savvy and needed an impromptu lesson on how to use it.   We drove to his car and we talked about our love of the outdoors. We shook hands and headed our separate ways and promised to fish again soon.  As I drove home I smiled and thought about how I am going to be when I am 76.  I hope I am like Abe and my eyes still twinkle when I talk of chasing trout and I am still driven to make one more cast.
    • The past week has had me having multiple close calls and missing a brute at 45 yards.  Tonight I talked my dad to give it another try and there were birds in the field when we got there.  Birds ended up leaving as we tried to sneak in.  A short 20 minutes later they were back and we watched and worked the big group of toms and hens for more than 2 hours before we got one to commit.  Dad shot him with his 20 gauge at 48 yards,(this thing shoots an awesome pattern).  The 3 year old was down and only flopped a few times.   Nice 1+ inch spurs, 10" beard and heavy.  A good evening for sure!
  • Our Sponsors