The fastest HDS units ever! The new Lowrance Gen2 HDS-8 Series Sonar/Chartplotters features a 2x faster microprocessor and double the memory of the HDS Gen1 models. Also outfitted with new cosmetics and Lowrance’s revolutionary StructureMap capabilities (optional), the Lowrance HDS Gen2 unit still delivers the great high-definition Broadband Sonar and state-of-the-art charting technology that anglers love.
The newest Lowrance HDS Gen2 innovation - Lowrance StructureMap - overlays real-time StructureScan images onto charting displays, resulting in a unique underwater viewing perspective that helps you more quickly pinpoint the location of structure and fish. With HDS Gen2 models networked to the optional StructureScan sonar imaging module, StructureMap allows you to easily overlay StructureScan images on top of traditional charts to provide a real-time view into underwater structure and its precise location on the map. It also allows you to create maps for review on or off the water. Compatible with Lowrance Enhanced Basemap, pre-loaded Insight cartography and Insight HD, plus Navionics and other third-party mapping options. (All Gen2 units are StructureMap capable, but require purchase of StructureScan bundle or separate StructureScan module).
Lowrance StructureScan provides you with the ability to see three different views of the same underwater object - left, right (SideScan), and DownScan imaging for the highest level of viewing detail ever achieved. Submerged timber looks exactly like timber, and stumps, shipwrecks or whatever else is below the surface appears in unprecedented clarity and detail. (All units are SturctureScan capable, and select units include StructureScan bundle).
Featuring an exclusive, high-resolution 8.4"/21.3cm 16-bit color SolarMAX PLUS TFT Display for exceptional viewing capabilities, the display is also high-bright and sunlight viewable with LED backlighting with split screen and three-window presentation capabilities.
The internal, high-sensitivity GPS+WAAS Antenna delivers ultra-fast time-to-signal lock, and features built-in Lowrance Enhanced US Basemap or Insight USA. Enhanced US Basemap offers the same geographic coverage as Lake Insight with over 100,000 bodies of water and nearly 5,000 enhanced US lakes with high detail shorelines and contours. Insight USA combines inland and coastal coverage areas of Lake Insight and Nautic Insight. This includes US inland mapping of nearly 5,000 freshwater lake maps (including the Great Lakes) with life-like perspective of bottom structure and topography, as well as, superior life-like view of coastal bottom structure with detailed coastal and offshore depth contours, plus navigation aids for the entire US coastline. Also compatible with optional Lowrance Lake Insight HD, Lake Insight PRO, Nautic Insight HD, Nautic Insight PRO, Navionics Platinum, Navionics HotMaps Platinum, Fishing Hot Spots PRO and legacy LakeMaster Promaps. The GPS/Navigation unit also allows you to store up to 5,000 waypoints, 200 routes and up to 10 trails with 12,000 points/trails.
The revolutionary, built-in Broadband Sounder is capable of seeing fish in, around and even through structures, at great depths and at high speeds. Serving as the vital link between the transducer and your HDS display, the Broadband Sounder uses a highly-sensitive digital filtering process, capturing targets that are often missed by less powerful sounders as sharp, crisp images.
The 83/200 kHz dual-frequency Skimmer transducer sends out a maximum of 250-watts Peak to Peak (32W RMS; 30,000W Peak to Peak analog equivalent) sonar power, down to a maximum depth of 5,000 ft.
The entire Lowrance Gen2 HDS-8 Series Units are also sealed and waterproofed with built-in Backup Memory capabilities for exceptional durability. Each Lowrance Gen2 HDS-8 Fishfinder/GPS Chartplotter also includes additional features and available upgrades.
Share sonar, StructureScan, 3G and 4G radar with high speed ethernet. Optional Fuel and engine management, faster-update external GPS antenna, livewell temperature monitoring and more with Lowrance NMEA 2000 connectivity.
Two-Year Limited Warranty
-HDS Unit Head
-HDS Bezel & Card Door
-Cut-out Template/Flush Mount Kit
Please Note: This item is not available for order outside of the United States.
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Comments: Nice upgrade from HDS 5.The soft keys are a great shortcut.Runs quicker/smoother the HDS5 with same software.Bang for buck unit at this time.TW as always great service.
From: Stratos: USA 8/17/14