Those of you that own and those of you that have considered owning a Lowrance HDS-? (whatever model), you might be interested in an opportunity.
When I found my HDS-5 audible alarm didn't work, I contacted Lowrance about the repair cost. (I didn't catch the problem while the unit was under warranty.) I learned Lowrance has fielded a 2nd generation of their HDS models, and as such, the original models are being offered at a reduced cost, remanufactured, and with a 1 year warranty.
After getting a return authorization for getting mine repaired, I changed my mind because I found the reman HDS-5 was available at Cabelas for only $499 + shipping. Compared to the $399 + shipping for getting my old one repaired, I only had to pay a total of $90 more to buy a reman from Cabelas. I'm excited because this will give me a second chartplotter on my boat. I'm also shopping for a good deal on an LGC-4000 external antenna to improve my GPS reception, and I'll connect it to my NMEA 2000 network so both HDS-5's can use it. (Everything I've read says sharing the antenna will work.)
This dual setup will be cool because I'm often zooming in on my chartplotter to make sure I don't miss seeing underwater rocks or reefs as I'm zipping across the water and then zooming out occasionally to check my heading on distant destinations. With the new setup, I can leave one plotter zoomed out while the other plotter is zoomed in. Then when I'm trolling, I can simultaneously use my Garmin and my older HDS-5 for fish finding. I have them configured slightly differently.
Pretty excited about the flexibility and additional redundancy this will offer me, but this reduced cost on remanufactured HDS units (the other models are offered in reman too), may be just the opportunity some of you have been waiting for to buy a plotter/depth-finder combo.