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Mercury VesselView Link

PROs:

  • Can purchase a Mercury MFD or use with a number of Simrad or Lowrance MFDs
  • Exact stats while your engine is running, no guessing where the needle is pointing
  • A complete breakdown of every RPM, how many hours, minutes and seconds at a particular RPM

CONs:

  • Mercury MFD screen can be hard to see in direct sunlight
  • It has been reported that sometimes the trim indicators get out of sync
  • A bit pricey

Lowrance Elite-4 HDI Fishfinder/Chartplotter

PROs:

  • Regular fishfinding and downscannning
  • DownScan Overlay technology overlays DownScan Imaging onto Broadband Sounder
  • Multi-Window Display features pre-set page layouts

CONs:

  • No NMEA 2000 support

Lowrance HDS Gen2 Series

PROs:

  • Easy to understand menu system
  • Programmable soft keys for instant display of favourite page views
  • New StructureMap overlay feature only available on Gen2 models

CONs:

  • Smaller-sized models offer fewer features (ex. Less SD card slots)
  • Short transducer cable (20 feet)

Lowrance Link-5 DSC VHF Marine Radio

PROs:

  • Equipped with memory retention
  • Delivers all US, Canadian, and International marine channels
  • Easy to use interface and backlit LCD

CONs:

  • Mounts must be purchased separately

Lowrance Broadband 4G Radar

PROs:

  • Beam sharpening
  • Low power consumption
  • Maximum range 36 nautical miles

CONs:

  • Higher cost than traditional radar
  • Beam sharpening control only compatible with Simrad NSE and NSO and B&G Zeus multifunction displays
  • Lacks dual range feature (unlike Simrad 4G)

Lowrance Broadband 3G Radar

PROs:

  • Virtually no harmful microwave transmissions
  • Improved target detection and separation
  • Improved target detection and separation

CONs:

  • Limited range
  • Needs a smart heading sensor for Radar overlay

Lowrance LSS-1 Structure Scan

PROs:

  • Very high resolution images
  • Side scanning or straight down
  • Works in tandem with Lowrance broadband sonar

CONs:

  • Fish are harder to see in the side scan image
  • No in-hull mounting options
  • Lowrance HDS or Simrad NSE displays only

Lowrance SonicHub Marine Audio Server

PROs:

  • Waterproof dock protects player
  • Two-zone music control
  • Control iPod or iPhone with HDS MFD

CONs:

  • Requires a Lowrance HDS display
  • Requires 12V DC electrical system
  • IPX2 weatherproof rated

Lowrance EP-60R Fuel Flow Sensor

PROs:

  • For use with LowranceNET networks (red connectors)
  • Allows multiple sensors
  • Designed for use with a N2K

CONs:

  • Needs to be calibrated on a Lowrance device
  • Works with gasoline engines only
  • Sensor designed to fit 3/8 inch fuel hose only

Lowrance HDS Series Multifunction Display

PROs:

  • Optional StructureScan sonar
  • Included dual-frequency fishfinder
  • Optional HD or Broadband radar

CONs:

  • Requires LSS-1 for StructureScan
  • Sirius satellite weather requires service
  • Largest screen size is 10.4 inches
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