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Adequate with Flaws
on May 27, 2013
I purchased this unit a year a go and within a month, due to my negligence, it was submerged and did not work. I mailed it to Lowrance for service/replacement. I received the unit back in an adequate turn around time. Remember this is warranty work and you are not dealing with a short order fry cook! I am not sure if the unit is the same one I send in but they stated that it would not be covered any more under the warranty. I have been quite careful ever since.
I regret not purchasing a fishfinder/chartplotter combo unit and for the most part I use the unit as a navigation aid. I done most of my fishing in the Biscayne Bay area and keep an eye out on the depth when navigating. I usually plan my trip, arrive at the spot and troll around while using the unit to get a feel for the bottom by observing the screen. I use the Navionics Ap on my Galaxy Note along with four batteries as a GPS (I spend up to 12 hours at a time out) This method has saved me over 300$ from buying a combo and allows me to plan my fishing trips in the comfort of my living room-but I still would have enjoyed having the combo!
I don't have any complains about the screen's visibility in bright light. It usually sits in the shade of my bimini top. At times I have gotten erratic depth readings (2 ft in 14 ft water) but it happens temporarily and it's not a chronic problem. I would think that it has to do with the transducer or voltage irregularities from the boat batteries.
As described by other reviewers the instructions are very basic but with practice and fisherman's patience you will be able to figure them out and apply the features to your specific needs. I know that I have not exploited all the features this device offers.
As noted at the beginning I regret that I did not purchase the FF/GPS combo. Tight lines.