Need a new flasher
I have a few flashers and just got one of the new helix 7 ice combos. Have had it out 7 or 8 times and I love it. I have always ran with a handheld gps in the winter, so the thought of putting a Lake master chip in something I’m carrying with me was a big selling feature... hopefully I’m done losing handhelds. The other one I use the most (especially on Winnebago system) is a vexilar fl12 with the ez ducer on it. Rather pricey for an add on, but for how many times I reach over to pull out a transducer, it’s been worth it. I did look into the new garmins this year, but that price is outrageous. I run humminbird on my boat so it would be a learning curve and something I could only use during the winter months. The helix is plug & play if a graph on the boat would go down. I have a buddy whose using one of the new mega image helix’s rigged up for ice fishing and have only heard good things so far.... a lot cheaper than where garmin is at.
I have a Marcum LX5 for about 7 years now, and have not had any show stoppers, but I am looking at upgrading and had thought the LX9 was going to be it. But i can get the LX7 with lithium shuttle, and purchase a aqua vu 715C and still be cheaper than the lx9! looking for help on that debate, but any one looking at the LX5 unit it is rock solid, but for a few extra $ i would go to the digital series. The LX 5 was the cats meow back then.
I have a marcum lv1 and a LX-3tci and other then having to warrenty my LX-3tci they have been great. Ran the lv1 for 10 years before upgrading last year, not seeing much benefit to the upgrade. I have also had chances to use the Fl20 and fl28. I just can't justify the extra cost over the marcums, but they are good units too, either brand does the job just fine. Never used a humminbird flasher, but didn't care for the humminbird lcd with flasher mode, it was just way too slow. On a side note, I did purchase a deeper pro plus wireless sonar unit. Gonna see how that works on my phone and tablet as compared to my flashers. It's a neat concept, I guess we will see just how well it works. Will post a comment on that as I get chances to play with it. Bacon