Maps for a HDS 2nd GEN GPS UNIT
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ HDSG GEN 2
The HDS Second Gen is a terrific unit. It can accommodate several types of accessory mapping.
The HDS-5 Gen 2 is considered to be a very accurate, internal GPS and Sirius/weather antenna, a newly designed ultra fast processor and a high-bright, sunlight-viewable display with cold-cathode, fluorescent backlighting. It is designed to be visible in even in bright sunlight. Most models can store 5000 waypoints, 200 routes and ten track back trails.
It combines a variety of transducer-pack options, such as a 83/200 kHz for inland/freshwater uses and a 50/200 kHz for deeper Great Lakes/coastal saltwater use. The unit really shines with its depth~fish finder features, especially the structure scan feature.
HDS built-in cartography options:
Americas*: Choose the Lake Insight ™ model option for intuitive, life-like inland, freshwater mapping views; or, select the Nautic Insight™ model for detailed coverage of U.S. coastal areas.
Worldwide (non-Americas): Navionics® world background map
All HDS models are fully compatible with third party mapping solutions including Insight HD and Fishing Hot Spots® PRO, as well as Navionics® Gold, Platinum and Platinum+ with TurboView® for the best possible chartplotter experience.
You will have to determine which supplemental mapping program is best for your particular needs. For that you should visit a stocking dealer and view the various maps for yourself.
It will always be a cost vs feature ratio.
Start with the Lowrance INSIGHT program and then view the Navionics Platinum + programs.
The Navionics are sold by regions. There is one for the central Gulf of Mexico that covers from Mobile to Lake Charles or something like that. I do not recommend the LAKES and FISHING HOTSPOTS as they cover mostly fresh water tournament lakes etc.
These mapping programs are a costly investment, so you should view all of your options and not make a random purchase. Some of the items can set you back $400 or more, so shop intelligently.
Check out the areas of coverage on the web sites, then go to a stocking dealer and see the product. Zoom in of the areas they you normally fish and see if they meet your needs.
~ Captain Paul ~