ADVICE WANTED..Buying new sounder/GPS for tinny

My mate and I are looking at upgrading to a new sounder/GPS setup for our tinny. Thing is, there's that many different options available now it's not going to be as straight forward a decision as first thought...choosing the missus' birthday pressy is easier!

Would love to hear any recommendations, advice, or general info regarding Sounders/GPS/plotters...ect. Please!

Our boat: Savage 4.2m tinny, 25hp tiller steer. 

Basically what we're after is something in the 2-3000$ range that'll work just as well trolling along reefs or bottom bashing at 50m as it will up a creek at low tide in 0.5m. 

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Wed, 2019-08-21 07:10

HDS7 is all you’ll need, especially in a tinny, and well under your budget.


Theres some good ones on gumtree, especially over east.  

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Agree HDS7 works well on

Wed, 2019-08-21 07:39

Agree HDS7 works well on mine, ocean ,creeks and up river

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Elite Ti 7

Wed, 2019-08-21 08:19

 I have an elite Ti7 I bought when the models changed to Ti2.


I like it but cant drive it any where as well as the promotional pictures show, clarity wise.


I suppose thats marketing.

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 I'd go for a Simrad evo 3

Wed, 2019-08-21 15:34

 I'd go for a Simrad evo 3 nss 7 or 9 and active imaging 3in1 transducer , best of both worlds , then you could upgrade to a 1kw if you want.


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i got a simrad and pretty

Wed, 2019-08-21 15:38

i got a simrad and pretty happy, one thing i would advise against is getting a touch screen sounder. a bitch to zoom in and out when its bumpy or your moving!! otherwise it functions realy well.

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I’ve got a Lowrance Elite

Wed, 2019-08-21 16:08

I’ve got a Lowrance Elite 9ti2 on a ram mount in a similar size tinny, great bit of kit and the sidescans awesome, around half your budget too

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Cheers lads!

Wed, 2019-08-21 19:22

Appreciate the response fellas! If you blokes drank at my local I'd shout yas all a beer

The lowerance elite looks pretty speccy, and I like the keyboard option on the simrad time to  go siteighhin the garage and weigh up the pros and cons. 

Cheers again