What GPS combo?
<b>~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ NEVAENUFF ~
Wow! This is really a tough question to answer as there are many, many factors that go into your selection of such a combo unit.
First is what you consider a “moderate price” for such a unit. Your moderate may be different from mine. The second is what features you want in the unit. Considering the size of and weather it is a color screen would be your next consideration.
The footprint of the unit with respect to the helm area and the availability to access power and connections to a transducer would also come into play.
And then you need to research how you will use the unit. Will you be using the depth finder in deep water, say over 1000 feet or will you only be in the coastal marshes with a maximum depth of 100 -200 feet of water. That will determine the type of transducer, the power of the unit and the features in showing items between the surface and sea bottom.
The list of features and accessories can go on and on. So, I suggest that you look at the two manufacturers that sell the most consumer type GPS combo units.
Check out those offered by Garmin at www.garmin.com/
And the Lowrance line at www.lowrance.com/
Remember that you SHOULD consider the respective manufacturer’s supplemental mapping program as normally the unit only comes with a BASEMAP installed as its mapping program.
I believe that the mapping programs that are based on U.S. Topographical maps offer more detail in the Louisiana coastal marshes, so look at that type of mapping as a basis for your comparisons.
Narrow down exactly what you need or want and then get back with me.
I would be happy to discuss your selections with you.
~ Captain Paul ~ </b>