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Beau Butler's picture

By Beau Butler - Posted on 29 June 2010

Ok, I' thinking of purchasing a SI unit, but don't want to break the bank or the wife, nor do i want to have to get a PHD.
What is the best for the money? Looking at a 898cSI

Ray's picture

Alright Beau. You gonna get hooked if you buy one of these SI units. I have the 797 and the 1197. I would recommend you buy at least the 898. The screen size on the 798 is just too small to get the detail you are going to want. Today for the money I think the 898 is the best buy.

Ray

danny malone's picture

Beau and Ray, i told Beau off line how much i loved my 997 please advise between 898 and 997.

Beau Butler's picture

Woods told me one time that he preferred a rock and a rope, but the clarity was lacking on that set up. You guys are going to cost me some money I can tell. But hey, somebody has to keep the retailers going in this economy.

Big Papa's picture

Beau,
I have the 998 and I wish I would have spent the money for the 1197. The screen is good on the 998 however when in all 3 display modes at once there is not enough detail on the down image or the regular view. As for as ease of operation I just keep bugging Ray.

Beau Butler's picture

Dang Big Papa, either you stay up late or you are going fishing early :) Of course, if I had a boat like yours, I would really like a 1197 also. Right now I am shopping around for the best price, as in this part of the world you are more or less on your own on that kind of man toy.
As far as Ray, we need to give him a raise, that boy can be plum useful.

Ray's picture

And I thought I was the only one crazy enough to be up checking on the site this early. Beau if you will plan a visit to the fine State of Mississippi I will demo the SI unit for you on the water. There have been several folks come here and spent a few hours watching the Humminbird Si in use and I think every one of them left feeling it was worth their time. Of course if you are not sure you want to buy one do not come because seeing one work on the water will seal the deal.

Ray

Beau Butler's picture

Ray, I am pretty sure I am going to buy a SI, but I just don't know which one yet. I can't justify it,(I'm kind of a tight wad) by saying I need it, so I guess it's down to just wanting one. How big are the transducers on the SI, average?

Ray's picture

Large in comparison to regular transducers. Probably twice as large. It will be very important to get it placed correctly.

Ray

Beau Butler's picture

I looked at all the videos and seems like getting it set horizonally (?) is crictical. By the way- those are very helpful.

Big Papa's picture

I work at night so I'm up at all different hours of the day. If you send Humminbird an image of your transom (back of your boat)ha ha, to include a side view they can give you the best location to mount the tranducer. Go ahead and spend the money on what makes you happy cause you can't take it with you. Just don't tell my wife.

Beau Butler's picture

Gotcha Big Papa- I am usually up around 3:30-4:00 am and in my office. Have done so for years and it really agitates my wife for some reason.

I don't have a really big boat so I should be able to find the transom :), although I don't go back there much. That was the reason I was asking about the size of transducer. the ones I have seen stick out pretty good and look like a good skid plate for a stump. may have been an older model.
You're right, you can't take your money with you, but my wife is intent on trying to take mine with her.:)

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