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Old 09-29-2019, 09:32 PM
Riceburner Riceburner is offline
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Default What unit for ice/boat dual use?

I need a new sonar unit for the rear backtrolling position on my boat--I run the small kicker or the electric trolling motor, and my current unit crashed.
I also could use a new ice fishing portable sonar, so I'm wondering about a unit to use both seasons.
I know I'll need to have both transducers and 2 power cords, and use a rechargeable ice battery set-up.
I prefer a graph type rather than dial flasher type screen, so I have a longer look at seeing fish.
Also noticed Humminbird is talking about an Autochart unit for under the ice structure plotting...haven't studied that yet.

Anyone using their unit for both seasons, and happy with the set-up?
I'll post this under electronics section also, maybe get more responses sooner?
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Old 09-29-2019, 09:57 PM
Ndstallmann Ndstallmann is offline
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Been kicking this around and would be interested in other options. I have been looking at Helix 7 SI and buy a ice transducer also.
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Old 09-30-2019, 08:14 AM
reddog reddog is offline
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Helix 7 All Season model comes with everything you need for dual purpose use.

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Old 09-30-2019, 08:38 AM
grizzley grizzley is offline
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Pretty easily done, here's one I can use for both.
To do this you will need a mount, power cord, ice transducer, small 12v battery, and a shuttle, all I need to do is remove the fish finder from the shuttle mount and place it on the mount on the boat.
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Old 09-30-2019, 09:46 AM
Coho975 Coho975 is offline
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I use my Helix 7 for both seasons, and am happy with it.
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Old 09-30-2019, 10:13 AM
Huntindave Huntindave is online now
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Originally Posted by Coho975 View Post
I use my Helix 7 for both seasons, and am happy with it.
Being a Lowrance guy, I have the same with my HDS7. I feel a better option would be a 5 inch screen just to prolong battery life over the day. Mine has a built in GPS antenna so I can use it on my ATV when getting to the spot. This is nice as I can reference my summer waypoints to likely nearby wintering locations.
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