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Andre wallyandre

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  1. You can mix any generation starting with a Gen3 and up.

    Legacy Mode is enabled automatically when:
    • When HDS Gen3, SonarHub or StructureScan 3D are not updated with the latest software
    • An legacy HDS Gen1, Gen2 or Gen2 Touch unit is on the network
    To determine if your system is in Legacy mode, refer to the Sonar settings menu.


  2. There is some very interesting new things coming from Lowrance, specially a new unit just below the HDS Live at a more affordable price. It's the new Elite FS (fishing system) with some excellent mapping include in the unit, can control autopilot, the new transducer Active Target and more

    Here a short introduction video: Nice introduction on the new Lowrance Elite FS (fishing system) and on the new Active Target

  3. I post the answer on another website but I am posting here also, maybe it can help somebody else: 

    As stated, using a kicker when your main engine use an electric power steering pump will discharge your main battery because everytime that the kicker turn the pump is activated and it draw a lot of amp. This is a major problem specially if you want to use an autopilot.

    To start you need two batteries a kicker kit from Mercury and a isolator.
    The part# for the kit is: 8M0149838 which I understand does NOT include an isolator. For Verado models, an isolator that can handle the FULL OUTPUT of the alternator is recommended, so the recommend part# for the isolator is: 8M6006077 (140 Amp Isolator).

    The kit and isolator enables the Verado to charge both batteries ...as needed . Done correctly, it charges the start battery first then the house as needed.

    One is the start battery and one is what we call the "house" battery. The "house" battery is needed for a boat with Verado power steering and a kicker. The kicker doesn't put out enough charge to keep up with the amount being used by the power steering pump when the Verado is not running but you are using the Verado power steering on the kicker. A kit installed (sold by Mercury) enables the Verado to charge which ever battery needs it Tournament style boats with huge electronics and lots of them, also incorporate the "house" battery .


    Kicker kit wo isolator.JPG

  4. 16 minutes ago, FWA said:

    The electronic steering. Apparently it just eats up the battery even when its off

    Sent from my SM-N960W using Tapatalk

    It’s not an electronic power steering it’s a electric pump habitually on Verado 200 and more. I just want to be sure that you are running a electric power steering and yes if it’s the case it takes a lot of battery when you don’t run the right set-up

  5. 1 hour ago, SweepN said:

    I do have an older lowrance HDS 7. I am willing to upgrade also as I often fish alone..it will be money well spent. Not sure if it would be compatible to Simrad.

    What Gen is you're HDS?

  6. The cable autopilot from Lowrane or Simrad is a bit more then $1000 , probably around $1500 and they use Octopus for the motor drive and you need a Lowrance Gen2 and up or a Simrad GO or EVO. The GO is a very good unit and affordable, it’s the brother of the Lowrance Ti but the Timis not compatible with the autopilot.

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