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I had a helix and just switched to Lowrance HDS 2. Still old but I like it better than the helix so far. Structure Scan is a huge improvement. You find things in places you thought you knew. Just get the biggest screen you can afford. It makes a difference. I like the mapping better on the helix but if I can find a navionics card I’m sure it’ll be better. Just my opinion. Good luck!
 

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Lowrance has developed a reputation as being fluky. Garmin or Humminbird both have great options.

I have a cheapie Garmin Striker 4 for my kayak - it was under $100. I just bought a Garmin 73SV for my boat - it has down and side view along with traditional sonar and will work with Panoptix too. Bass Pro had last years model for $449 and I kept ordering it and getting the order cancelled and I made a stink and got this year's version with the new GT56 ducer for $449.
 

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I recommend Hummingbird all the way...been using it for years. I have an old Onix unit that originally ran for $3600 that I'd be willing to let go cheap if you are interested. I changed to the Solix units but I used the Onix for years and loved it.
 

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Thanks for the input guys. I had been looking at the Simrad GO9 but it has a lot of features I'll never use (radar, autopilot, etc) and at $1,000 I hate to pay for features I don't need. SIMRAD and Lowrance are the same company, so after your input I'm a bit more skeptical. Does side imagining provide much benefit chasing stripers in the Hudson?
 

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Thanks for the input guys. I had been looking at the Simrad GO9 but it has a lot of features I'll never use (radar, autopilot, etc) and at $1,000 I hate to pay for features I don't need. SIMRAD and Lowrance are the same company, so after your input I'm a bit more skeptical. Does side imagining provide much benefit chasing stripers in the Hudson?
Side Imaging is HUGE for helping in the Hudson....you can scan 250 feet to either side of your boat when looking for schools and find them.
 

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Then I guess I'll be looking for side imaging. Lowrance and Simrad side imaging looks pretty impressive (at least on line). I also liked that you can save a way point by touching a fish arch in the downscan history and it shows up on yiur chart. Are they all about the same?
 

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Then I guess I'll be looking for side imaging. Lowrance and Simrad side imaging looks pretty impressive (at least on line). I also liked that you can save a way point by touching a fish arch in the downscan history and it shows up on yiur chart. Are they all about the same?
Humminbird does the same and IMO has a better imaging and clarity. My onix is a 10 in screen and the new Solix I use is a 15 in screen.
 

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Doc Z. What are the overall dimensions of the Onix. I don't have too much room to mount. The Simrad GO9 was the only 9" that would fit in the 11" horiz space I have available.
 

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Doc Z. What are the overall dimensions of the Onix. I don't have too much room to mount. The Simrad GO9 was the only 9" that would fit in the 11" horiz space I have available.
The diagonal screen length is 10 inches so the whole unit is around 12" wide and 8 inches tall.
 

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Probably won't fit the the space available. Wish it did. Will likely be looking for pointers on how to use the damn thing once I get a real fishfinder on the boat.
 

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Probably won't fit the the space available. Wish it did. Will likely be looking for pointers on how to use the damn thing once I get a real fishfinder on the boat.
I can help with any Humminbird unit.....the others....not so much.
 

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Snow blowers can be quite tricky to use when used on a slope. Many people wanting to use one would inevitably have a degree of slope on some of the land where it is going to be used, but extreme caution should be taken when using a snow blower on any slope. The owner manual should contain specific information that will be of value when using the machine on a slope and this section should be read carefully and adhered to
 
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