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Minn Kota Traxxis 55 Transom Mount Trolling Motor

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Minn Kota PowerDrive V2

This a favorite model among fisherman. The changes made have improved an already proven product.

Some of the new features are:

  • A handy deploy-assist lever
  • Easier to use foot pedal
  • Options for AutoPilot navigation or the new I-Pilot GPS navigation system
  • Universal Sonar 2 for internal mounted transducer

The foot pedal is waterproof. An 18′ cord to gives you hands-free control of speed, steering, on and off from anywhere on the boat.

Just press down on the Deploy Assist lever to drop the motor in the water.

There’s a lot of models to choose from in the PowerDrive Live. Thrust is available from 45 feet to 70 feet. Shaft lengths run 48″, 54″ an 60″ in length.

Not all models are available with all the features. You can get Digital Maximizer, Universal Sonar, Auto Pilot and I-pilot depending on the model chosen.

Universal Sonar has an integrated, concealed transducer that provides interference-free sonar performance, water temperature sensing, and dual beam technology for an expanded view and greater bottom detail. It’s compatible with most major fishfinders.

Digital Maximizer controls and optimizes power to extend battery life and reduce heat. It enables a single charge to last up to five times longer.

AutoPilot locks onto any heading you choose and delivers you there. Infinitely variable steering adjustments provide smoother course corrections and tighter heading accuracy against wind, waves and current. Included on select models.

i-Pilot wireless trolling system accessory, which uses GPS technology to control and steer your boat for you. At the push of a button, i-Pilot lets you stay on a fishing spot, store and retrace productive trolling paths, or take full command of speed and steering. All with wireless, GPS precision.

CoPilot Gives you the freedom to fish from anywhere on the boat with the wireless remote. The versatile remote lets you control speed, steering and prop on/off; can be mounted on your lanyard, rod or wrist.

Special Prop Design has blades that are swept back and flared to push weeds out of the way without chopping and hacking. The design of the blade also helps to conserves battery power.

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Quotes from Amazon reviews:

Lots Of Power – If your looking for a motor that you can depend on in rough conditions this is the trolling motor for your boat.”

Great Motor –  I love the motor. I suffered for years with lower thrust motor on my boat. This motor is a great upgrade.”

Great Price – Better price by at least $100 over any stores in the area. Arrived promptly and in great condition. Very Happy with this purchase.

Minn Kota Fortrex 101

Fortrex trolling motors are known for their tough, quiet, powerful performance. The Minn Kota Fortrex 101 for freshwater delivers 101 pounds of thrust. Even in windy conditions it has unstoppable control over the direction of the boat

It features a powerlift stainless steel nitrogen-charged gas spring to get it and out of the water with ease. The top of the motor has an illuminated arrow which shows the direction the motor is pointed at all times.

The 101 is available in 45″, 52″ and 62″ shaft lengths. All three sizes operate on 36 volts. You can choose between Universal Sonar or Digital Maximizer.

Universal Sonar has an integrated, concealed transducer that provides interference-free sonar performance, water temperature sensing, and dual beam technology for an expanded view and greater bottom detail. It’s compatible with most major fishfinders.

Digital Maximizer controls and optimizes power to extend battery life and reduce heat. It enables a single charge to last up to five times longer.

Special Prop Design has blades that are swept back and flared to push weeds out of the way without chopping and hacking. The design of the blade also helps to conserves battery power.

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Quotes From Reviews Rate It 4 Stars Out of 5

“Fish main channel points with “20 mph” winds with “NO” problem at all.”

“This motor is a smooth running quiet motor.”

“Fortrex Rocks”

Humminbird 798c SI Combo

This Has Been Discontinued By The Manufacturer

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The Humminbird 798c SI combo has excellent specs with advanced fishing system capabilities. If your serious about fishing you don’t want to be without Side Imaging technology.

Side Imaging technology allows you to see 480 feet side to side from your boat (240 feet on each side). Each side of the boat has an 86º cone and a straight down cone of 60º. Together it covers the full spectrum of sonar. See the image below.

You can see fish and structure very clearly any where around your position. Imagine being able to see fish before you spook them off. Just cruise along and site cast based on the screens display.

Other Great Features

Freeze Frame – Pressing any arrow on the four-way cursor control instantly stops the sonar graphic display to allow a closer inspection of submerged structure, bait fish, and underwater contours. Movable cursor feature allows you to instantly discern depth of any sonar return and mark waypoints from the sonar screen for navigation. Pressing the EXIT key will exit the freeze frame and the display will start to resume scrolling. Mark the location of fish-attracting structure, bottom transitions, or any feature anywhere on traditional sonar with the Sonar Cursor.

Selective Fish ID+ Fish ID+ uses advanced sonar processing to interpret sonar returns, and displays a Fish Symbol when very selective requirements are met. When a fish is detected, a fish icon and its depth are displayed above the return that has been classified as being a fish. Three different fish icons represent intensity of the sonar return, and provide an indicator of relative fish size.

DualBeam PLUS™ equipped models represent targets detected in the 200kHz narrow beam as Orange Fish Symbols, and represent targets detected in the 83kHz wide beam as Blue Fish Symbols.

GPS Features

  • 50 Channel GPS
  • Trackplotting
  • Chartplotting
  • GPS Speed
  • Humminbird UniMap

Network Modules

  • WeatherSense (optional)
  • Wireless Sonar Link (optional)
  • CannonLink (optional)
  • InterLink (optional)
  • XM Weather (optional)

In addition, it includes dual card slots for maps and saving waypoints, as well as 3 programmable preset buttons to save your favorite views.

Quotes From Reviews Rate the 798 SI Combo At 4.1 Stars Out Of 5

You will find some reviews with 1 star because they can’t seem to get it to show detail on side imaging.  No doubt that they have a transducer problem, most likely not installed properly or a damaged transducer.

One review I read said he was disappointed because the transducer mount broke while running 44 MPH in 2 foot waves. Duh!

“Very easy to use, once the transducer is well located, the side imaging will show you unbelivable bottom detail. Great buy, should have got one years ago!”

“System worked really well from the get go. Very user friendly.

“The accuracy and screen resolution is terrific. I have found structure I never knew was there. I love it.”

Garmin Fishfinder 400C

The 400C is designed to be used for both freshwater and saltwater conditions.  This model has  a See-thru technology that exposes fish hidden in cover. You get a real time display of fish passing through transducer beam with a feature called A-scope.

This is a great color unit but should be considered as an entry level fishfinder. It doesn’t have built in GPS but is capable of connecting to any CAnet compatible NEMA device. The color definition on this model is excellent.

Here’s the feature list for the 400C:

  • Audible Alarms
  • Dual beam sonar 45º/15º or dual frequency sonar 45º/10º
  • Split screen zoom
  • Water temperature log & graph
  • Speed on the water display with speed sensor purchased separately

Views of the display

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Quotes from Amazon reviews:

“I snooped through a lot reviews, I had specific requirements and this 400c does exactly what I wanted at a great price.”

“Because we operate on a lake that has many shallow areas, the depth and contour indication is very valuable.”

Garmin GPS 76CSX

[ReviewAZON asin="B000CSQRYS"]Amazon.com Product Description Aimed squarely at boaters and marine users, the Garmin GPSMap 76CSx ispacked with features that seasoned mariners crave. The 7.6-ounce 76CSx now features an insanely accurate, high-sensitivity GPS receiver by SiRF that tracks your position even in tree cover and canyons. Plus, you get a bright, sunlight-readable color TFT display and an included a 128 MB microSD card for storage of optional map detail. Add all that to the 76CSx's integrated barometric altimeter and electronic compass, and you've got a highly capable unit. Simply put, the 76CSx is ready to take you anywhere on the water. Landlubbers will find much to like about this unit, too, as it packs great GPS mapping capabilities into a compact device.



The 76CSx features a removable microSD card for detailed mapping memory and a waterproof, rugged housing. View larger.


The GPSMap 76CSx features the powerful SiRF GPS navigation chip, as well as an electronic compass and a barometric altimeter.


The trip computer provides odometer, stopped time, moving average, overall average, total time, max speed, and more.
You can use the 76CSx's memory card slot with preprogrammed microSD cards from Garmin (sold separately) that provide topographic maps, city streets, and nautical charts. In fact, the unit is compatible with most Garmin MapSource products, including BlueChart, City Navigator, U.S. Topo 24K, and U.S. Topo and Recreational Lakes with Fishing Hot Spots. The unit comes preloaded with an Americas autoroute basemap that provides automatic routing capabilities including highways, exits, and tide data. There's also a preloaded marine point database. You can even get turn-by-turn directions when you're driving, and an integrated trip computer provides odometer, stopped time, moving average, overall average, total time, max speed, and more.

The 76CSx's 2.6-inch, 256-color TFT color display is designed to present mapping and trip information clearly and accurately in any lighting conditions. Plus, the case is lightweight, rugged, and water resistant to IEC 60529 IPX7 standards (can be submerged in one meter of water for 30 minutes). Marine users will also like the fact that the 76CSx floats. When using two AA alkaline batteries, you'll get up to 20 hours of battery life from the unit.

Another key feature of the 76CSx is the 10,000 point automatic track log; 20 saved tracks (500 points each) let you retrace your path in both directions. Meanwhile, there's a large numbers option for easy viewing, as well as a dual-position display mode. The unit also includes built-in celestial tables for best times to fish and hunt, plus sun and moon calculations. You also get audible alarms for anchor drag, arrival, off-course, proximity waypoint, and clock. The unit's barometric altimeter system features automatic pressure trend recording while providing current elevation, ascent/descent rate, minimum/maximum elevation, total ascent and descent, and average and maximum ascent and descent rate. Meanwhile, the electronic compass allows you to get accurate headings while standing still.

The 76CSx's trip computer provides odometer, stopped time, moving average, overall average, total time, max speed, and more. Meanwhile, a fast processor allows the 60Cx to provide quick auto-routing, turn-by-turn directions, and audio alerts when you use the optional MapSource software, which can be stored on the unit's included 128 MB microSD card. Downloading information is quick with the USB or serial port interfaces. Using the dedicated serial port, the 76CSx can share navigation instructions with repeaters, plotters, and autopilots.

If you like the features of the 76CSx but don't need an electronic compass and a barometric altimeter, check out the Garmin GPSMap 76Cx.

What's in the Box
GPSMAP 76CSx, Americas Recreational Basemap, 128 MB microSD card, USB cable, MapSource Trip & Waypoint Manager, Wrist strap, Owner's manual, Quick reference guide

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