When you think about it, there are certain things that are hard to imagine by themselves. One without the other is practically a waste of time. After all, when you have one, you might as well have the other. Peanut butter and jelly. Bacon and eggs. Bert and Ernie. And when you consider fishing equipment, another natural pair is the chartplotter fishfinder, both valuable tools by themselves that are made even greater when you put them together. The trick, however, is to select each part as the best so that the combination is even better. What follows are a few important items to keep in mind when making your equipment selection.
The display screen is where all of the information you want to obtain comes together. It’s for this reason that you want to find one that is big enough and well enough made that everything is readable. You should try to get the biggest screen with the highest resolution you can reasonably afford. Even some small screens can have good resolutions, but trying to read them in a boat that is pitching and rolling can be difficult. You need to find a happy balance between the two. Fortunately, with all of the options available on the market today, chances are good that you will find a good piece of equipment that has all of the capabilities you want.
Simply put, it’s easier to see a screen that is larger and has a higher pixel resolution. Then, when you consider being able to see the screen in a moving boat, with varying lighting conditions, etc., and you will need to be careful with what you select, or you won’t be happy with your purchase. Another issue that you should consider is the pixel size and detail that it can render, but when it is viewed from a greater distance, it can be practically impossible to see the detail.
You should try to find a fishfinder/chartplotter that has at least some degree of connectivity with your boat. This might be more difficult with an older model boat, with some upgrades, it might be easier. There are a lot of units on the market today that will you the ability to connect your fishfinder/chartplotter with your receiver. If, on the other hand, you have a newer boat, you will probably have fewer connectivity issues. Newer equipment not only makes allowances for these issues, but they make integration a big part of their set up.
The charts you have or would like to have are an important part of selecting a fishfinder/chartplotter. Otherwise, if you already have a chart set or you want to move to one, if you purchase equipment that won’t accommodate what you have or want to have, you’ll be out of luck. You should keep in mind that many of the products available today, but if you don’t want what a product has you should be prepared to transfer what you do want to the equipment, a capability that might not be there if you aren’t prepared.
You have to give makers a lot of credit for giving users a lot of data that is available at the mere flick of a switch. The downside of this is that with such combinations, the output can be rather unwieldy, not to mention the data that is made available. There are certain ways that in given conditions, shortcomings can be adapted to. This includes such situations as working in 300ft of water.
When it comes to buying a fishfinder/chartplotter experience and knowledge will end up being your best friend when making a selection. In fact, the more you know when making your purchase, the happier you will be with your selection and the results you will get after your purchase is made and you see the results when you get to your boat.