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Which Sonar Unit for my Auto Pilot?

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I purchased a Lowrance Outboard Pilot Hydraulic Pack hoping it would work with my current Lowrance unit...it does NOT.  I am not too concerned since I was thinking of doing an upgrade anyway.  The question I have is, what should I upgrade to?  I was considering the Lowrance HDS-9 LIVE with Transducer but I am not sold on its performance reviews.  Any input is appreciated.

 

Thanks in advance.

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I have only played with live units on display but I own 2 of the ti2`s and I love them. The new active imaging transducer is really nice and is light years ahead of the total scan ducer it replaced

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1 hour ago, Hillside said:

I purchased a Lowrance Outboard Pilot Hydraulic Pack hoping it would work with my current Lowrance unit...it does NOT.  I am not too concerned since I was thinking of doing an upgrade anyway.  The question I have is, what should I upgrade to?  I was considering the Lowrance HDS-9 LIVE with Transducer but I am not sold on its performance reviews.  Any input is appreciated.

 

Thanks in advance.

You can use aHDS Gen2 and up. Another very interesting option is to use a Simrad Go that is the Lowrance Ti brother. The Ti can’t run the Nac1 bjr the Simrad Go can run a Nac1 and the MotorGuide Xi5. The Go series like the Ti are a lot cheaper then a HDS

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Sorry yes he is correct. The ti can't run the autopilot.  I have a simrad go unit also and I like that one too. The only thing I don't like about them is you can't link 2 units together to share sonar

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I’ve got the HDS gen 3 love the unit for trolling just mainly use it to keep the boat straight, I bought a control king for the kicker to

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Thanks for the replies (I value and appreciate the input).

 

I just don't know which HDS gen3 and up models are worth looking into other than the HDS Live 9 that would work.  

 

Yes, the controlking for the kicker is going on. 

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HDS gen 2 or later. That includes HDS gen 3 also, carbon, live, etc. If it isn't a HDS model it wont work. Be careful not to be fooled when the specs say autopilot, they mean for motorguide electric motor interface. Specs must say Outboard pilot.

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Only thing that kills me with Lowrance auto pilot. Locks you in to having to get a pricy graph just to operate it. Can’t wait to see the rig out there John! Sounds like she’s coming along.


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You can buy Simrad Go 7 for around $750 less the 100 cash back so $650 to have an excellent sonar-FPS with the autopilot compatibility 

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I went with the GO9 XSE Active Imaging 3 in 1.

 

Thank you to everyone for your input (especially wallyandre).

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Oh well, I'll throw this out there anyway. I've had numerous HDS units and really like them. My present setup is 12"  HDS linked to a high end high watt transom mount transducer, with thru hull like performance. The 12" HDS is also linked to the Lowrance autopilot. A 2nd 9' HDS unit is linked to the Lowrance Broadband Radar. Pretty happy with the whole system and I would argue that you do want to think about where you want to end up when you get the first building blocks instead of reinventing the wheel a couple of times on your way

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