GPS replacement

golfdoggolfdog Spencerport, NYPosts: 143Member ✭✭✭
Hello All,
I have a 2003, FV342.
I'm sitting here killing time checking boat websites and came up with the idea of replacing the small Lowrance GPS that came with the boat. I have a Lowrance HDS 8 installed in the lower area of the dash and would like to put a Lowrance HDS 5 in the upper pod where the old small GPS currently is. Does anyone know the dimensions of the upper pod where the small GPS are located. I won't be down to the boat for a while to measure and am wondering if there is room to put a HDS 5 in that spot. Thanks Jerry.


  • LaReaLaRea Alexandria VirginiaPosts: 3,519Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    I don't have the dimensions, but maybe you can estimate it from this photo.  I had a Simrad AP11 in that spot, which was 4.3 H x 4.3 W X 0.7 in D.  It was mounted in a Starboard plate.  The Lowrance HDS 5 is  5.8” H x 7.3” W x 4” D, so that might be a tight squeeze.  You could always use Starboard like my installer did.

  • StodgeStodge Lake St. ClairPosts: 2,501Member ✭✭✭✭
    The previous owner of my 342 put an HDS 5 in the upper spot.  It is a bit bigger than the original opening.   The installer had to get a little creative, but it looks good.  I'm used to having a Garmin and wanted to put a 740 in the upper spot but it was going to be a little too big.  

    So I've been learning the Lowrance interface.  One thing I need to figure out is how to get tracks to start new when the unit is powered on.  I loaded the track info for the year into Insight Planner and was disappointed to see it made the entire year into 1 long track.  

    2002 FV 342 on Lake St. Clair - Past Commodore SHC - Vessel Examiner USCGAUX

  • golfdoggolfdog Spencerport, NYPosts: 143Member ✭✭✭
    Hey Stodge do you have any pictures of the HDS 5 on your boat?  
    As far as the tracks your talking about I'm not sure I can help you much. I don't do a lot of trip planning, I generally go to the sames areas. 

  • DanD2DanD2 Posts: 737Member ✭✭✭

    On my 342, I have a Lowrance Global Map 3300 in that spot and it fills the whole pod. The dimensions are 6 3/4 wide X 5 3/8 high. Here is a pic...

    2005 Rinker Fiesta Vee 342
  • StodgeStodge Lake St. ClairPosts: 2,501Member ✭✭✭✭
    I'll poke around.  Otherwise it will be spring time when the shrink comes off. 

    2002 FV 342 on Lake St. Clair - Past Commodore SHC - Vessel Examiner USCGAUX

  • Michael TMichael T Posts: 6,664Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2014


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