Hello all! I have just bought my first quality fishing boat (Xpress H17/Yamaha FL70) and I am kinda overwhelmed with changes electronics the last 15 years.
I am retired military so the budget is approx. $500 for a fish finder and GPS combo. Too many choices between sonar types, lake cards and companies. I am leaning towards a Hummingbird Helix 5h CHIRP DI GPS G2. I will be fishing smaller lakes for the most part in the NC area.
I would imagine these are relatively good units but is the HUmmingbird Card worthwhile!
I am sure this is like a Ford vs chevy topic huh?
The Helix 5 is a decent unit, however I recommend going with a bigger screen. The CHIRP is nice, but its a little bit like watching HD TV on a 20" screen. Sure it's technically "better" but the small screen limits the usefulness. I would recommend trying to find a 1st generation Helix 7 which should be available in your price range. You don't get the CHIRP feature, but the larger screen is worth it in my opinion.