updated 04:30 pm EDT, Fri July 6, 2007
Humminbird 997c GPS
Marine electronics house Humminbird has just launched the 997c SI Combo GPS unit for fishing enthusiasts and other boaters. It replaces the 967c as the company's top-end model through its namesake sonar imaging system: an 800MHz scanner can be used for detailed maps of the sea floor up to 150 feet directly below a boat or to 240 feet at either side. Its 8-inch screen is also said to be large enough to allow side-by-side display of live marine chart data at the same time.
Tracking is also accurate, provided through a 16-channel GPS receiver as well as dual SD card slots that add either extra maps or a second card for storing images that can prove the location and show images of a prime fishing location or a shipwreck.
Humminbird lists the device through its company store for $1,999 and includes a detailed UniMap chart that covers the US coast as well as lakes and rivers; maps for Canada and other regions should also be an option. [via OhGizmo]