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New Graphs for 2019?

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I’m curious as to whether or not anyone has knowledge of new graphs on the horizon for this winter?  I know a lot of manufacturers save (or target) their new models for release at Icast, but that’s not until next summer.  

 

I was looking at Humminbird’s the other day, I’m planning to add another one to my boat this winter.  While looking at prices and options I realized that they just released G2 solix units. It piqued my interest a bit- I was hoping they added functionality for Solix to Helix Ethernet networking,but that doesn’t appear to be the case.  Without an official press release from Humminbird the only new feature I could find was compatibility with the new Ultrex trolling motors that have the Mega DI transducer built into the trolling motor.

 

It got me thinking though, am I better off waiting for a potential new unit instead of upgrading as soon as possible?  I’ll be winterizing my boat in the next few weeks, so not really in a rush.  I currently am running a Helix 10 Mega SI G2N and Helix 7 SI G2N.  They’re both networked to the Ethernet hub along with my Ultrex/link trolling motor.  I planned on adding another 10” or 12” unit, but don’t want to buy a roughly 2 year old graph at full price just to have them release a new model a few months later.  I already went through that with the Ultrex, within weeks of buying mine Minn Kota released the new version with Mega DI transducer. Wish I could add or swap out that transducer instead of using the US2 that mine came with...

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Lowrance HDS Live and Elite Ti2 just came to market.  All sorts of cool features on the Ti2 for great prices.

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Along with the Solix gen2 Humminbird released the Helix gen3. I don't know a whole lot about them except I believe the introduced a MEGA 8 and are using different frequencies? To give an even better image? I could be totally wrong, but that's what's sticking in my brain.

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I saw the Helix Gen 3 mentioned somewhere but couldn’t find any info.  I’ll take another look.  

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Helix 7 and  8 both have mega imaging now I'm waiting on some reviews but that is probably the direction I will go. I just checked the humminbird website. 

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18 hours ago, Janderson45 said:

I saw the Helix Gen 3 mentioned somewhere but couldn’t find any info.  I’ll take another look.  

I was off. They haven't changed frequencies, they made the transducer longer in the new Helix models which will give you a more crisp image.

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one  upgrade I heard this year is Minn Kota is upgrading their US2 transducer to pair with hummingbird down imaging. I believe it will be available on Ultrex, Terrova and Ulterra.

 

I have the original US2 transducer on my Ultrex. I personally don't use it.

I prefer the external puck for down imaging and better sonar imaging.

it would be nice if it were enclosed in the motor. I  broke 2 pucks in 2 years on trees and shallow rocks.

The third one has some battle scars.

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