Fish finder recommendations

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Waverley Yakman
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Kayak Make: Viking
Kayak Model: Reload
Location: Hawera

Hi Everyone, I am after your recommendations for a new Fishfinder/GPS. The last 2 Lowrance units both died after approx 3 years each. I was very happy with their performance but both died from salt water ingress. I remove the fishfinder for launching and landing in the surf and take reasonable care. At this stage I am looking at either Garmin Striker 4CV or Raymarine Dragonfly 5 Pro. Does anyone have any recommendations? Cheers Steve
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Marc N
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Kayak Make: FishMaster
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Location: Birkenhead Auckland NZ

I'm very happy with my Garmin Striker 7sv Plus.

Notes ::

if you buy this make sure it's the "Striker' and "SV" and "Plus" you are buying, previous models with very similar names, are lacking in whizzos.

On the plus side, it always works, 'side view' is a charm, and with tinkering of the settings I can make it look nearly as good as the promo photos...
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I had it in my smaller yak mounted on the floor it was always getting wet and has been submersed on several occasions, with a bit of vaseline on the cable ends and the socket pins, no problems with water proofing. "The waterproof rating is set at IP-X7, so you do not have to worry about rain or accidental splashes. Moreover, Striker 7sv can also be fully immersed in 3.3ft of water for up to 30 minutes without any negative consequences."
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What I really like is the Quick Draw Maps and the Active Captain software, I can map my spots and so on, to supposedly 1 ft increments, and change the colours from the 'merican lake fishing ones to ones more similar to traditional charts.
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Uploading them to Quick Draw Maps online, enables online viewing of mine and other's and comparison to the Active Captain Community navigation charts.

Here's Lake Pupuke -
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Around Auckland
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Charts at the Active Captain Community online
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I saved for months to buy this and researched the bejeezus out of it, I'd buy from Garmin as the prices are the same as the shops.

I got a handheld GPS the other day and the review I wrote holds for this one too, "Generally excellent hardware and feature filled software, but clunky. But once you've figured out the software and the disparate web site offerings, it all works well."

The menu structure is always accessed the same way, but is different in content, depending on where you are, like having the same menu for your kitchen and bathroom, but different options when you're in them.

This isn't a promo for Garmin, other than that, it is one of the few things I've bought in recent years, that actually substantially does what it says on the tin.
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Fishing for every thing from Trout to Kingfish
Waverley Yakman
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Awesome feedback thanks Marc
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Find a transducer that fits within the tacklpod scupper, some are huge
Go for the best transducer power output
Garmin Striker 4CV has a 300w transducer, unsure on the Dragonfly
Most entry level transducers are 200w, mid range is 500w like Marc`s suggestion

Personally, I would not have something without maps, eg navionics or cmap, easier to find drop offs etc
Also pays to get plastic insulation tape & tape over the cover where sd cards go in
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Kayak Model: Profish Reload

Also have the Garmin Striker Plus 7SV and it is awesome. Not too worried about it not having maps as it's one less place for water ingress and I upload some points of interest onto the sounder the day before.

Great all round though
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