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Is Lowrance Boat Box Bundle Worth the Money?

I recently came across Lowrance Boat Box Bundle. It is presented as an outfit of your boat in terms of „all in one box. “

Let’s look what this marine electronics manufacturer is offering in this miracle box and is it really include everything for perfect fishing as it is not just another GPS for boat device.

By searching in company’s home page terms „boat in a box” or „boat box bundle,” nothing related is found.

From the other hand, Amazon shopping giant clearly indicates and describe what it is.

Lowrance navigation equipment for boats is realy great.

Here is Product Description

„HDS-12 Gen3 Insight/HDS-12 “Boat in a Box” w/HDI Skimmer & Sonic Hub 2HDS-12 Gen3 InsightHDS-12 Gen3 Fishfinder/Chartplotter High Definition System that integrates leading-edge fishfinder technologies and the latest advances in navigation into one easy-to-use, multi-touch display.Lowrance High Definition System (HDS) combines a brighter, multi-touch display and enhanced processor with leading-edge fishfinder technologies – including CHIRP Sonar, Broadband Sounder™, StructureScan® HD, DownScan Imaging™ and Trackback™ view – plus the latest advances in navigation and user interface – including internal 10Hz GPS, dual microSD-card slots, touch-plus-keypad operation and built-in wireless connectivity – all in one easy-to-use display.Transducers & Network Accessories Included with HDS “Boat in a Box”:2 – 12″ HDS-12 Gen3 Insight UnitsHDI MH SkimmerHDI Skimmer Trolling Motor AdapterSonic Hub 2 Lowrance with Speakers TotalScan Skimmer Mid/High/StructureScan TransducerPoint-1 GPS Antenna with Heading SensorNMEA 2000 Starter KitN2K-T-RD25ft Ethernet Cable Specifications:Basemap: YesCard Format: Micro SDCartography – Preloaded: NoCartography Brand: NavionicsCartography Type: Platinum/Gold/HotmapsInternal/External Antenna: InternalResolution (VxH): 1280 x 800Screen Size: 12’Screen Type: ColorSpeed/Temp: Temp OnlyTouchscreen: YesTransducer Type: Transom MountWaterproof Rating: WaterproofWatts RMS – Max: 500W RMSWaypoints/Routes: 5000/200Weather Capable: YesBox Dimensions: 13″H x 24″W x 24″L WT: 41.6 lbsUPC: 9420024165812 “

Well, at the moment of writing this bundle price is about $5.4K. From the first sight, big money and whether those all units are really necessary for modern fishing how much does it cost when buying separately.

How important and needed they are for fishing or other similar boating needs?

This product description looks a slightly complicated at the beginning, so I decided to split the box content and make a little glance at each of them. How important and needed it is for fishing or other similar recreational boating actions? An answer is yours.

Two units of

 HDS-12 Gen3 Touchscreen Fishfinder / Chartplotter

HDS-12 Gen3 High Definition System that integrates leading-edge fishfinder technologies and the latest advances in navigation into one easy-to-use, multi-touch display.

„Hands down the best electronics you can put on your boat “

After reading manufacturer’s unit description and authorized product owners reviews, „Hands down the best electronics you can put on your boat “ I fully agree with HDS-12 Gen3 owner phrase I read in Amazon reviews section.

Actually, many of features could be found in other brands multifunctional GPS chartplotters but here is almost everything included.

 Do I need those all? You can never know and maybe just once needed feature could save your money, nerves, time and safety.

What is an attractive personality for me?

-Interface with touchscreen or keypad option provides lightning-fast, fingertip access to all HDS features;

-wireless connectivity with other compatible onboard devices;

-possibility to use other third party maps like Insight Genesis, Lake Insight™ and Nautic Insight™ PRO and HD, Insight™ TOPO, Navionics®+, Navionics Platinum+, Gold and HotMaps® Premium, Fishing Hotspots® PRO and Jeppesen C-MAP MAX-N+.

This only last feature worth all thumbs up as many boaters already owns expensive nautical mappings so not necessarily to spend extra money.



Is this Lowrance third generation High Definition System better than other marine electronic manufacturers HD devices?

 Read reviews to answer the question, just 4.6 Stars out of five is strong enough indicator for such a statement.

Today on September 4th, 2017 Lowrance price tag is $2,249 but in Amazon.com $2,275 for given device.

As far as a box has two units, so the sum is about $4,500.

Before continuing the box exploration, other folks and I would ask, why two equal GPS combo units? After hours of searches, I still can guess about an exact answer.

My understanding that due to easy cable and Wi-Fi connectivity between bundle items you gain more information space. Either it is the same picture on both displays in opposite boat sides or each screen showing different data like bottom and fish under the keel vs. charted fishing spots and nautical maps on the second screen.

What else is in the box?

-HDI MH Skimmer
-HDI Skimmer Trolling Motor Adapter
-Sonic Hub 2 Lowrance with Speakers
-TotalScan Skimmer Mid/High/StructureScan Transducer
-Point-1 GPS Antenna with Heading Sensor
-NMEA 2000 Starter Kit
-N2K-T-RD
-25ft Ethernet Cable

The quick overview of remaining items.

Although it is not clear which one is the correct model I compare with on the bundle picture presented items.

HDI Skimmer Depth/Temperature Transducer.

Click on pics and see details.

Prices is about $120.

 

 

 

HDI Trolling Motor Adapter.
Prices $20-$35

 

 

 

 

SonicHub Marine Audio Server Pack with speakers
Price $225

Product Description

„Lawrence Sonic Hub Marine Audio Server Pack with speakers. Take your music onboard and experience the ultimate in marine audio with Bluetooth streaming connectivity from your enabled media device to the Sonic Hub module — allowing control of your favorite selections directly from your chart plotter/multifunction display. For additional convenience, the optional UNI-Dock can be dash-mounted and connected to the Sonic Hub module -providing a direct, watertight connection to smartphones, media players and USB flash drives. You can also listen to your favorite AM/FM radio stations. With the Sonic Hub marine audio system you will no longer need a separate stereo head-unit. Connect Bluetooth devices with the included FUSION MS-BT100 Bluetooth module for wireless media streaming. SiriusXM Weather Integration (USA only) allows you to watch weather forecasts direct on your display as well as listen to your favorite satellite radio stations. Create up to three different speaker zones (for example: on-deck, in the galley and in the cabin) and adjust the audio levels independently in those designated areas. Enjoy excellent sound clarity with a 4 channel 50 W amplifier built-in. Also includes a line out for a subwoofer. Connectors: Stereo AUX line input for audio devices; Stereo AUX line input for SIRIUS satellite radio; Stereo Line Output from zone 3; Mono Line Output for Subwoofer; Mono Line Input for intercom, alarm emergency override; AM/FM antenna. Warranty: Two years parts and labor. Dimensions: 4.2″D x 8.9″W x 2.4″H. In the box: Sonic Hub Module, speakers, BT-100 Bluetooth Module, NMEA 2000 cable and T connector, documentation and mounting accessories.“

 

Totalscan Transducer
Price around $300

This is all you need for normal, side-down scan. You get depth and Temp with CHIRP functionality. With all that, you still have to hold your mouth right.

 

Point-1 GPS Antenna with Heading Sensor

Price about $250

Point-1 GPS antenna, GPS/GLONASS receiver with waas/egnos/msas & 4′ cable, NMEA 2000-10hz output, and built-in rate-stabilized heading sensor. Includes NMEA 2000 Starter Kitwith15′ cable, mounting hardware and install guide.

-NMEA 2000 Starter Kit
-N2K-T-RD
-25ft Ethernet Cable

I am not hundred percent sure that all items I described are exactly what Lowrance has included in „boat in the box” offer but hope that it is very close to reality.

Returning to the main and most expensive content HDS Gen3 unit I have to accept that presently it is on the highest position in the industry of marine electronic for fishing.

When it comes to money then summing all parts separately and Lowrance boat box bundle as one purchase value is almost the same. It is no doubt that box is the more convenient option and I would prefer this way.

Have a good time fishing!


12 Comments

  1. António

    Good review! Good description of all the products, I was not in any doubt as to its usefulness. I think it was a great choice the way you organized the article, the details of the prices, the characteristics of each, etc. I think the video fits in perfectly and always makes it more appealing to the user, “holds” it for a longer time on the website.

    Keep up the good work
    Take care

    António

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    1. Andrejs (Post author)

      Thanks Antonio for kind words. Actually, it is important for me. This post is very young but already achieved surprising results not just in terms of visitors and passive readers but real „boat in the box“ order has been made in A.

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  2. Cesar

    Hello Andrejs, very curious about this product… do the GPS systems also generate data on where there is a hot bed of activity from fish? I am a beginner when it comes to these things, so what would be an advantage one would have to use this system over a phone app? Thanks for answering my questions and great article!

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    1. Andrejs (Post author)

      Hello, Caesar. When it comes to finding fishing spots than GPS is the great helper especially when fishing in unknown places. Fishfinder is equipped with a transducer to see bottom and fish around your boat. Those combo systems are improving all the time, and we can see the almost real picture what is going on the underwater world. All you need to do is watching the display picture and move a lure towards fish. You ask about smartphone app, my belief is that when you are tackled for good fishing tour hide your phone deep into the backpack.

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  3. mrsdehm

    Wow! You have so much useful information on this website, I could spend the entire day reading through all of the information and still not finish. I never knew half of these devices/software/etc. ever existed. There is a huge amount of information from dog lovers, to boat owners, The box bundle is amazing. Instead of knowing you need an item, everything you need is right in one box and at a really good price! Awesome information!

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    1. Andrejs (Post author)

      Thanks for stopping by and kind words. I still have a lot to learn but it is the good feeling to help someone find the right choice. Actually, it is the win-win affair, help and earn. Lowrance is one of the leading marines electronic company and boat box bundle is not just the promotional event. It includes all you need to outfit your boat for perfect fishing.

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  4. gord

    If starting out from scratch outfitting your boat, I’d say this is a pretty cool thing. Save money and most importantly AGGRAVATION! I like the multiple scanning options with one transducer. I’m little unclear about the way it works with the trolling motor but I think I’d have to have it to figure it out. Which begs the question, would I be limited by my choices of trolling motors with this ‘box’? What trolling motors is this compatible with. Sorry if I missed that detail. There a lot to take in with this.

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    1. Andrejs (Post author)

      Thanks for the question regarding trolling motor. One of the best and compatible with Lowrance fishfinders are Xi5 series Trolling Motors. It comes with wireless remote so you can steer your boat from anyplace on a boat. But you can find the cheaper motors, and only you need is NMEA 2000 connection ability to use in company with Lowrance Boat box bundle.

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  5. Jonathan Gonzalez

    Is there a way to increase overall activity with device? It is very interesting how technology evolves. Boat technology has increased over the years and having this device will skyrocket! Is navigation difficult when going high speeds? Does it have a stabilize connection? I know sometimes out in water can be very difficult to receive connection.

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    1. Andrejs (Post author)

      Thank you, Jonathan, for the interest. You are right that technologies are hard to chase. This Lowrance Boat Box Package is high-end electronic devices mainly for fishermen and anglers. All components are easily connectable each other. GPS and other satellite navigation systems signal are reachable in any place all over the World. Only in very high latitude which exceeds 70 degrees, some ionospheric disturbance can affect the accuracy. You are right that at high seas using of GSM almost not available as a range of antennas is rather small.

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  6. Advent Voice

    Great sales platform!
    You have mastered the use of YouTube and have shown the world how to take what they are not considering and how to benefit from it.
    I love the internet for it’s marketing potential, I love just having the conversation and the time to review what others are achieving through dedication.
    I listen to you and at times I think, I need to invest in a good gps system. You might be my go to guy!

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    1. Andrejs (Post author)

      Hi, and thanks for the kind words. You are right about investing in good GPS especially for boats and fishing adventures. Let’s smartphone GPS navigation apps be as the backup device in case of emergency.

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