- Product Dimensions: 12 x 10 x 6 inches ; 4.9 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 5.5 pounds
- ASIN: B00JAYQRF4
- Item model number: E70231-GLD
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Raymarine Dragonfly 7 Sonar GPS with CPT-60 Transducer
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- Photo-like imagery of bottom structure using CHIRP Down Vision
- CHIRP powered Dual Channel sonar; display high resolution structure images and target fish at the same time
- Supplied with: Navionics Gold for US and Canada, Bracket, Transducer, and power cable
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The Raymarine Dragonfly-7 delivers photo-like underwater images using CHIRP Down Vision sonar on it oversized 7-inch widescreen display. Dragonfly-7's dual channel CHIRP sonar lets you explore structure and target fish like never before. Unlike conventional imaging sonars that transmit a single frequency with each pulse, Dragonfly-7's Down Vision sonar uses CHIRP technology to transmit across a wide spectrum of sonar frequencies with each pulse - the result is much higher resolution, life-like sonar images.
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I fish lakes inland lakes in the Midwest, and typically not huge bodies of water. Largest being Mille Lacs in MN. Therefore, my review is based on this type of use for this product.
- Exceptional sonar detail in both traditional sonar mode and downvision. The downvision provides a very clear picture of what is going on underneath you...For example, on the sonar you may see one large ball that you assume is bait fish. On the downvision side, you see the bait ball and clearly defined marks below the bait ball (feeding fish). Or, you may see cabbage weeds that look like one strand and on the downvision you can distinguish fish, separately, amongst the weeds. IMO, this is done better on this unit than on competing manufacturers, particularily the Low one.
- Ease of use...for those of you that like a unit that has a million different settings that you need an engineering degree to run, this is not for you. I would compare this unit to an I phone, not overly customizable, but simple command features that work. The features that matter are there...Sonar sensitivity, alarms, etc. Personally, I want something easy to use because I'd rather spend my time fishing than trying to tweak option after option, most of which you need a manual to understand. IMO, this debate would be comparable to someone with an extensive computer background that wants to reinvent the wheel on a device versus use a simplified version of effective technology without having to reference a manual regularly.
- I know this is available on other units as well, but a feature that I've found I use more than I anticipated I would, and is extremely easy to use on this unit, is placing a waypoint from the sonar/downscan page. For example, structure appearing on the sonar side that looks appealing can be pointed to and a waypoint placed to identify where that structure is...Comparable to dropping a marker, but electronically. I still will use the traditional marker buoy as visual though.
- Screen quality and button/control layout. Great image quality on the display, lack of multiple buttons all over the bezel yet again simplifies operation.
- Software Updates - Based on the software versions available on the Raymarine website, it appears that the software is fairly routinely updated. The reason this is attractive to me is that indicates the company follows up to correct/improve software related issues. You will need a micro SD card with a SD card adaptor to perform the updates and transfer the software data from the computer to your unit (about $15 to purchase). There is ample warning not to shut down the unit during the update process...Mine shut itself down and was cause for some concern (not knowing if there was a problem or just part of the process, turned out just fine, powered up the unit again and it fired up without issue and indicated the upgrade had been completed successfully).
- GPS mapping...I'll elaborate on this more, but the operation SEEMS to be comparable to other units. See below.
- For my use, the nav chips that come with this unit are virtually worthless. I knew that it didn't come with the same chip that most people use in my area, but was told that the chip (Gold & US Lakes) that came with this unit was "okay" for general purpose use. Not even close. Depth contours are terrible, content is awful, and the chip option is a total waste. From other reviews I've read, this may not be the case for those who use the unit on coastal waters, but I can't speak to that. For example, Lake Minnetonka (west of Minneapolis) holds many national pro bass fishing tourney events each year...The lake may as well not even be on the chip; the depth contours are that poor. I will be upgrading the chip to the tune of $150.
In comparing costs and features of other options, this unit appeared to fit my bill, and I couldn't be happier with its performance so far (if any issues arise, I'll update this review). Easy to use, superior sonar/downscan quality, nice looking, etc. Once you get over the "it's not the L or H brand that I'm used to seeing" hump, you'll enjoy the unit. Raymarine is a staple in saltwater fishing electronics and has been for some time. They're not new to sonar units, which is why I considered it in the first place. Glad I did, very nice unit. Only thing that would make it better is a usable nav chip...And, to be fair, it may be "usable" to some, just not for me. In hindsight, it's unreasonable to think you're going to get the premium nav cartography in a package deal. For this reason, I did not dock it any stars.
1. The unit: Still great with one exception. I've recently had the unit, on 2 occasions, provide a "Sonar Signal Lost" message and completely cut out sonar. From what I've read online, this seems to be an issue with the latest 11.46 software update, but nothing confirmed nor resolved, so, that's an issue. Problem fixed by shutting the unit down completely and restarting, but as others have noted, this is not a quick process. On both occasions, this has happened while the boat was at anchor with the motor off.
2. Navionics Chip: I sent Nav an email because I attempted to update the included chip with Nav + and received a message that the chip was not eligible for an upgrade. Because this is a package deal, apparently the system was set up to not allow these pack chips to be included in the upgrade versions. Whatever, I needed a usable nav chip. And, I GOT ONE!!! To my surprise, Navionics was very responsive and quickly resolved the error message and allowed my Nav Gold chip to be upgraded to Nav +. Sad as it may be, I'm in customer service shock. That's that I actually received some and have had the rare occurrence of someone who wants to help. Chip has been "fixed" on their end and the software is now able to be uploaded onto my packaged chip. NICE!!!! Tried it out on my unit today, SonarCharts is very nice software. Compared to the available info from other charts and portable apps, this is by far the best definition for smaller lakes that I've seen. Well done Navionics.
Today I received a brand new unit- no cost, no hassle. I was wrong, their cust service is excellent...
My use of this device will be exclusively saltwater fishing in the back bays and ocean at depths of up to about 70'
So far, I've been out on the boat twice since this has been installed, and I'm extremely happy with the unit. The screen is nice and bright with good contrast and high visibility. The multiple display options (chart, sonar, downvision, and side-by-side combinations of each) present the data to you in pretty much any way you could want.
Navigating the menus with the back button and joystick is straightforward and easy. Using the adjustment ring around the joystick for zoom levels on the chart application was a bit counterintuitive at first, but once you know to do so, it makes sense and provides the ability to quickly and easily adjust the zoom level.
As for functionality, the unit does take a little longer to start up than my older device which it replaced (give it about 2 minutes), but as it should only be turned on once (when prepping your boat), this shouldn't really pose any challenges.
The chart application works very well, and it was a bonus that the device included the Navionics Gold charts. For back bay navigation at a really high zoom level (for example, navigating the ICW in southern New Jersey), the chart isn't immensely detailed when zoomed all the way in. It is great, however, for running out into more open water (such as Delaware Bay or the ocean) and for navigating to inlets or canals.
As a fishfinder, the device is great. The level of detail in the display is surprisingly high for this market/price range. I've used it in up to 25' of water so far, and it has performed very well - reading good marks throughout the water column and good visibility of bait schools. We caught a 65 lb black drum this past weekend, and while fighting the fish, it was really cool to see it marking as we were reeling it in.
For downvision, I haven't had too much of an opportunity to use it in the best use-case since we have not yet been wreck fishing, but just using it while underway to see what the bottom looked like in different areas was also really impressive, and I fully expect that it will be an invaluable tool when wreck or reef fishing this summer.
The only complaint that I have with the device so far is that you don't appear to be able to set a waypoint by entering coordinates; it looks like you can only use the cursor to set a location and then place your waypoint at that location. After realizing this, it might actually be a quicker way than entering the numbers, but if you're looking to navigate to a particular spot or wreck for which you have the numbers, you would need to move the cursor to that location and then set your mark or waypoint. Again, this might not be a bad thing, but it is just something for which to prepare.
In summation, I'm extremely pleased with the Dragonfly7, and I think RayMarine did an awesome job in packing so much functionality into such a compact and affordable device. I'm looking forward to using this for the upcoming season and hopefully for many more.
If in my usage of the DF7, I come across any other information that I think will be helpful, I'll be sure to update this review.
Thanks and tight lines!
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