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What model are you referring to? I didn't find any automotive units on their website let alone a marine / auto combo unit. I was looking on my phone so I could have missed it.
I have owned a Lowrance automotive unit for many, many years--they're the best. My HDS-7 Marine unit is programmed with every, major body of water in the U.S., including all lakes, which to me was amazing.

The OP wants something that can be interfaced with a radar system as well, which would pretty much eliminate any handheld that I'm aware of, but I suspect that in the next 5 to 10 years all of this stuff will be wireless, which will really make life a lot easier. The technology already exists, but the Marine Electronics Industry is always a bit behind in this area.

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I have owned a Lowrance automotive unit for many, many years--they're the best. My HDS-7 Marine unit is programmed with every, major body of water in the U.S., including all lakes, which to me was amazing.
After a little internet checking it seems that Lowrance has dicontinued all of of their autimotive products. Seems like the company is in a little turmoil having been bought out. I'd be a little concerned about them still being around in a few years.
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Navico isn't going anywhere. And the HDS stuff is really, REALLY selling well at least here in Seattle.
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I have owned a Lowrance automotive unit for many, many years--they're the best. My HDS-7 Marine unit is programmed with every, major body of water in the U.S., including all lakes, which to me was amazing.

The OP wants something that can be interfaced with a radar system as well, which would pretty much eliminate any handheld that I'm aware of, but I suspect that in the next 5 to 10 years all of this stuff will be wireless, which will really make life a lot easier. The technology already exists, but the Marine Electronics Industry is always a bit behind in this area.

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My point was if you want an radar integrated system and you want a handheld or a portable unit that will sync easily with the fixed MFD as a backup unit then Garmin is the best choice. If you think it would be nice to use the backup as a car unit then Garmin is the only available choice, the GPS Map 640.
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Navico isn't going anywhere. And the HDS stuff is really, REALLY selling well at least here in Seattle.
That's good, as I'm about to rip mine out, sell it on Ebay, and buy a Garmin.

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That's good, as I'm about to rip mine out, sell it on Ebay, and buy a Garmin.
cuz why?
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