Customer Reviews for RAYMARINE Raymarine® Dragonfly Sonar/GPS Combo

RAYMARINE Raymarine® Dragonfly Sonar/GPS Combo

Ideal for inland and coastal saltwater applications, the Dragonfly Sonar/GPS delivers the crisp details of exclusive CHIRP DownVision™ sonar in an affordable package. When used with the included two-channel transducer, the split-screen display shows both DownVision and conventional sonar simultaneously. Integrated 50-channel GPS allows up to 3,000 waypoints, 150 routes and up to 10,000 track points. The ultrabright 5.7" 640x480-resolution display is easily visible in direct sunlight. Includes tilt/swivel mounting bracket. Meets IPX6 and IPX7 waterproofing standards. Compatible with Navionics® charts. Dimensions: 5.8"H x 5.8"W x 2"D. Available: Dragonfly without Mapping Charts Dragonfly Sonar/GPS with Silver Charts - Silver mapping package will cover 3,500 inland lakes and basic U.S. Coastal and Great Lakes with limited depth information out to 30 ft. Dragonfly Sonar/GPS with Gold Charts - Gold mapping package will cover 3,500 inland lakes in detail with some lakes down to 3-ft. breaks and all of the Great Lakes and Canada in detail.
Overall Customer Rating:
4.667 out of 5
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3 out of 3(100%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
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Customer Reviews for Raymarine® Dragonfly Sonar/GPS Combo
Review 1 for Raymarine® Dragonfly Sonar/GPS Combo
Overall Customer Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Country: United States
State: Michigan
Age: 26-35
Gender: Male
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

READ MY REVIEW

Date:July 6, 2013
First, let me explain my situation... My dad retired as of July 3, 2013.... I bought him a boat and I wanted him to do some fishing 21st-Century style as opposed to the stuff he was used to in the 60's (read minus 2-stroke and minus "flasher" fish-finder).
I put this fish-finder on his boat, A 2004 Lund Explorer tiller steer. I used a transom mounting bracket (1/2 inch piece of plastic mounted to the boat rather than mounting the transducer itself directly to the boat ). I used levels and good old human eye-ball technique to make sure it was level both left-to-right and up-down before launching the boat on it's maiden voyage (at least in our hands). Initial mounting technique was deemed "satisfactory" prior to the boat's virgin trip onto lake Macatawa in Holland Michigan and the third screw was tightened down (if you are not sure what i am talking about read the instructions.. It basically means I called it "good" before really testing it... and all my views are based on observations made using it like this...)
Let me say this about the unit.... you will not find a better fish-finder (sonar and down-scan) for a fish-finder being used in under 300ft of the water, for this price.
I initially made the mistake of ordering the NAVIONICS unit WITH the fish-finder, and I came to find out they have about 20% of the lakes that the NAVIONICS HOTMAPS PREMIUM will offer you. What I am saying is...UNLESS YOU JUST WANT TO WASTE $$$ .... Don't order the unit with the NAVIONICS unit. I deemed them no-good (more or less... i mean they offer 3000 total lakes as opposed to the 18000 I got by paying approximately $75 more) The original chips they sent me sit in an envelope to this day... IF you want the NAVIONICS CHARTS order your unit, and then order then NAVIONICS HOT MAPS PREMIUM (the total price will be = RAYMARINE DRAGONFLY + approximately (1/5) * DRAGONFLY PRICE (sorry this is the only way they would let me include it in my review without deleting it) .... but for 2x the price of the less-good chip that you can order WITH the unit.... you get 5x the lakes etc.... just do it... ) IF you don't care about the chip... just order the RAYMARINE DRAGONFLY sans-chip(s)....
***AGAIN... (I won't say it again).... If you wish to get some NAVIONICS CHARTS... do yourself a favor and order them separate.... The "Silver and/or gold charts" ( the ones you could have included with your purchase ) are in my opinion, worthless compared to the NAVIONICS HOTMAPS PREMIUM charts... again.. do the research... and save yourself the $$$ wasted investment.....
I have only used the unit 2 or 3 times... But this thing blows (and by blows i mean .. night and day difference) my Humminbird 798 HDSI/DI unit out of the water... I have never had more ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY about arches on ANY unit I have ever used. I cannot recall the number of times I said "holy -cow" to my buddy while we were fishing . I cannot count the number of times I saw 12-15 fish on my fish-finder while in 18ft of water and never had a single DOUBT these were fish i was marking...
(the only reason I hang onto the 798 unit is for big lake fishing in 300+ft depths). I also have a Garmin 500c... which i Love for fish-finding in 200-400 foot depth due to the HUGE transducer cone angles (120 deg max... 60 deg on high freq)... This Raymarine absolutely destroys both units hands down WITHOUT A DOUBT... as long as i am under about 300ft of water (for sonar use).. For Down imaging i would keep it under about 200 ft (I cannot honestly answer about the DI because I haven't used it enough).
The crazy thing is - I was mainly using the Sonar... which is a 20deg cone... which means if i saw it on the unit... it was under the boat (in 18ft of water). The lake I was on was not conducive for Down Imaging (although i tried it). I can tell you that if you ever had questions about a possible "arch" on the fish-finder... turn on the down-imaging and it will confirm all doubts by returning small "flecks" on the down imaging screen.
Being a stats guy by default I would LOVE to give more data.... However I don't have any... Thus... I will leave what I leave right now, and then come back and update as I use the unit....
If you want my overall rating right now I would go with a 4/5 or a HUGE 5/5 with the NAVIONICS HOTMAPS package (not included in retail purchase).
I can and WILL keep updates based on my usage which i calculate to be approximately 2x/5weeks in the near future.
***Notice ... i was warned that my review contains inappropriate language (which i cannot find... if it does I appologize).
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Review 2 for Raymarine® Dragonfly Sonar/GPS Combo
Overall Customer Rating: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Country: United States
State: Idaho
Age: 36-45
Gender: Male
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Nice unit for the price

Date:May 21, 2013
The display is high quality, controls are fairly intuitive and it has all the features you might need. The only thing I don't like is the mounting bracket. Its difficult to get the unit locked on. The down-imaging is as good as other comparable units I have used. Overall I don't think you can beat it for the price.
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Review 3 for Raymarine® Dragonfly Sonar/GPS Combo
Overall Customer Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Country: United States
State: Washington
Age: 36-45
Gender: Male
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Raymarine Dragonfly

Date:May 13, 2013
I have used the Lowrance HDS 8, Hummingbird 597 ci, and the Garmin 531 s . All of these are great units but I have to hand it to Raymarine for the price you cannot beat the functionality and value. Downside is screen size and not a touch screen. One of the great features is the visual representation of whats swimming below and the accuracy it provides. Love it and would buy another one.
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