best sonnar imaging - The HuntingPA.com Outdoor Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-01-2010, 02:30 AM Thread Starter
Diehard Outdoorsman
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: In the Woods Pa
Posts: 3,815
Back To Top
best sonnar imaging

spending 15k on home renovation FOR WIFE. figure I owe me something. What is the best quality sife IMAGING unit out there???
Harrysigafoo is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-01-2010, 04:57 AM
RIZ
Diehard Outdoorsman
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: butler county, pa
Posts: 2,803
Back To Top
Re: best sonnar imaging

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Boating/B...Y_SEQ_104586480

side imaging is great stuff. wish i could afford it.

RIZ
RIZ is offline  
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-01-2010, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
Diehard Outdoorsman
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: In the Woods Pa
Posts: 3,815
Back To Top
Re: best sonnar imaging

thanks Ritz. looks good, but I really don't need a charting GPS. My home lake is Chautauqua lake and no one has hydro/gps charts fo it.

I was thinking of a stand alone Imaging unit...100+yards on either side of my boat for finding schools of gizzard shad.
Might have to get the gps to get the best imaging system.

Been using humminbird for about40 years (little green flasher model). Great products. They use to have good service, but in the last 10 years they got bad.
Harrysigafoo is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-01-2010, 04:07 PM
RIZ
Diehard Outdoorsman
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: butler county, pa
Posts: 2,803
Back To Top
Re: best sonnar imaging

ok here is the top of the line no charting version

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Boating/B...WTz_stype%3DGNU

RIZ
RIZ is offline  
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-01-2010, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
Diehard Outdoorsman
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: In the Woods Pa
Posts: 3,815
Back To Top
Re: best sonnar imaging

thanks Riz. Seems it cost more to get without charting? But the 998 looks to be super.

It draws 1000 watts RMS, that is about 85 amps out of my 12 volt system. I run two batteries, just to keep on for safety when running all night long with the depth finder on and the kicker outboard trolling. But my alternator can't deliver that much steady state. Wonder how people keep these powered? I guess I coould run it for 20 minutes to find fish, then power off and use my normal Humminbird?
Harrysigafoo is offline  
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-02-2010, 03:39 AM
The Man
 
Dogface's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Sullivan County or SEPA
Posts: 8,976
Back To Top
Re: best sonnar imaging

I have the 798 and I keep getting a low voltage warning when I'm running the SI for awhile. I never thought to ask how much voltage it draws.

I never had the problem with the regular sonar.
Dogface is offline  
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-02-2010, 06:59 AM Thread Starter
Diehard Outdoorsman
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: In the Woods Pa
Posts: 3,815
Back To Top
Re: best sonnar imaging

My Hunninbird draws about 15 amps. but the 798 draws close to 35 amps.

My voltage drops also. I usually troll for 6-8 hours at night. with running lights and depth finder (600 series) on it is a real drain and my low voltage alarm goes on, and I have to run the big engine to get the battery charged back up. Learned the hard way, coming home in dark with only the kicker motor.

what do you think of the 798? is that the unit you would buy today IF you were to repurchase?
Harrysigafoo is offline  
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-02-2010, 10:09 PM
The Man
 
Dogface's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Sullivan County or SEPA
Posts: 8,976
Back To Top
Re: best sonnar imaging

Quote:
Originally Posted by Harrysigafoo
what do you think of the 798? is that the unit you would buy today IF you were to repurchase?
I've had it since March. I like it but I'm still learning how to use it. Sometimes I just sit in the boat, put on the simulator and tinker.

I was looking at the Lowrance but a lot of guys on other forums were having problems with Lowrance CS and there was a problem with the smaller Lowrance SI units.

After a lot of research and reading reviews I went with the HB. I think it was the right choice. I may have bought the next larger model but cost was a factor. As it worked out I have no trouble with the size of the display but I would consider the bigger unit if I had the $ which was almost double what I paid.

BTW it does work!
Dogface is offline  
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-02-2010, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
Diehard Outdoorsman
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: In the Woods Pa
Posts: 3,815
Back To Top
Re: best sonnar imaging

On starting the thread, I was intent on buying another gun, as my reward. But the Huminbird is sounding better that the 375 mag.
thanks for the info Dogface.
Harrysigafoo is offline  
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-03-2010, 12:04 AM
The Man
 
Dogface's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Sullivan County or SEPA
Posts: 8,976
Back To Top
Re: best sonnar imaging

It is better (maybe ?) but I get to use it more often.

The more I play with it the more structure and fish I find.

If I have one dislike with the HB it is the built in map. It does not have the detail for the lake I fish most. It is accurate for bigger water.

If you have any questions let me know and if I can answer them I will.

BTW I purchased mine off Amazon. One site was a lot cheaper than everyone else. His price went up about $40.00 right after I purchased mine. Shop around there are some deals out there.
Dogface is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The HuntingPA.com Outdoor Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome