Years ago my wife gave me the Lowrance M68 C as a gift.
I have used it on prams, a jon boat and yaks. We have a transponder attached to the John boat, and I use a portable suction cup held transponder with other boats and my Yak.
It uses very little battery juice and the little 12 volt rechargeable batteries from Cabela's work for days without recharging.
The one draw back is the inability to update the GPS charts. Out here on lakes used for irrigation/city water, the level is never the same so there is no way to have an accurate map. Our local tidal river is never the same due to tides and changing river flows. Again, it would be impossibe to have an accurate chart of where you are.
Cons: In direct sunlight the glare makes it tough to see the screen.
I would recommend one to most people and would buy another one.
The non problem of lack of new and accurate GPS charts which is not a problem for me and most users.
It had a unplanned trip to a bottom of a lake while attached to a Pram, everything else that was electronic failed after that dive. The Lowrance worked well.
So I'm looking to buy a fish finder for my PA 12 and I'm looking for suggestions. I've never owned one before, so they are new to me. Searching the web is just getting me confused as to which one I need, hence my need to turn to the forum.
I'll be using the unit primarily for lake fishing and may one day venture into they bay, but for now, lakes like the Monksville Resevoir in NJ (505 acres, 90-100 ft. depth). I'd like it to have a GPS so I can pinpoint areas I've located previously. I don't think I'll be needing side scan imaging, down scan imaging looks nice but is it practical?
Any suggestions on what to look for or suggestions on make/model?