Russell Marine Products Boat in a Box!
So what is a Boat in a Box?
Man are we glad you asked! We combine our best-selling graphs with ALL of the parts you need to build a world-class marine electronics network on your rig all for ONE price. It is your way to one-stop shop everything you need in one click.
This bundle includes:
- Lowrance Ghost 47" Trolling Motor $3,299.00
- Lowrance HDS 9 LIVE w/ Active Imaging 3-in-1 Transducer $2,199.00
- Lowrance HDS 12 LIVE without Transducer $3,349.00
- Lowrance ActiveTarget Live Sonar w/ Transom Mount Transducer $1,649.99
- Lowrance Point-1 GPS Antenna $279.99
- Lowrance NMEA 2000 Starter Kit $74.99
- Lowrance N2KEXT-2RD 2 NMEA 2000 Cable $28.99
- Lowrance T- Connector NMEA 2000 $21.99
- Lowrance 25 FT Ethernet Cable ETHEXT-25YL $74.99
Estimated Amp Draw for Live 9: 2.0 Amps
Estimated Amp Draw for Live 12: 2.3 Amps
Estimated Amp Draw for Active Target: 1.5 Amps
*Actual amp draw will vary due to input voltage and settings*
Lowrance Ghost Trolling Motor 47" Shaft f/ 24V or 36V Systems
We were taught at an early age how to compare different decisions. Most teachers start introducing kids to compare and contrast charts in the 3rd grade. You probably have written a big “T” on a piece of paper with pros on one side and cons on the other to help make a tough decision. Or you used the compare and contrast chart with two circles that overlap in the middle. Almost every decision we make has pros and cons. Here’s the thing… brushless trolling motors are ALL pro’s. They can switch between 24 or 36 volts, they run 30% more efficiently meaning you're out there longer on the same set of batteries, they are much quieter, they don’t throw interference to electronics, and they are more durable. The list goes on and on. Just like in the power tool industry, it’s our opinion that in the next 3-7 years all trolling motors will be brushless because of this.
The Ghost has a number of innovative features that make this motor a flagship product. The Ghost can be networked via NMEA 2K to compatible Lowrance chartplotters for autopilot functions like automatically going to waypoints and following trails. Unfortunately it does not follow contour lines like the Minn Kota “link” motors do. The Ghost comes with a familiar built-in HDI transducer as standard equipment. But with a slick quick change feature that utilizes an allen head wrench that’s included with the motor, you can switch transducers in the matter of 5 minutes. This is incredibly useful incase you have a transducer that fails. With Minn Kota and Garmin you have to send the entire trolling motor to an ASC (authorized service center) and the motor has to be completely torn apart to replace the transducer. This completely eliminates all of that hassle. It also allows for easy upgrades in the future as Lowrance comes out with upgraded transducers. Another feature that is impressive is the artificial intelligence capabilities of the motor. Lowrance didn’t get into too many specifics about this with us, but they have mentioned that the software that’s in the motor “self-learns”. This is used primarily for spot lock. The computer is constantly judging how far the boat gets pushed vs. how much power was applied. Overtime, it will “learn” the boat and different conditions and know exactly how much force to assert in any given situation. I believe as technology advances we will see more and more of this in the future. But it is definitely cool to see that we have trolling motors available today that have the ability to do this. The Ghost also has programmable buttons on the foot pedal that you can configure to do all sorts of things, like control power-poles. There is an optional remote that allows you to control the motor from anywhere on the boat.
Advantages of Brushless Motors
Here is some odds and ends information about the Ghost that will come in handy if you’re looking at purchasing this motor. First, the Ghost is fully compatible with the HDS Carbon, HDS Live, Elite TI2 and Elite FS series. With these units you can connect them via NMEA 2K to the Ghost and be able to follow trails or autopilot to waypoints. Don’t sweat if you don't have one of those units as any Lowrance unit that can run the HDI’s will run the transducer that’s built into the motor. A quick tip, the cable for that transducer is a 9-pin so if you have anything other than a Live unit, you will need a 9-7 pin adapter. When it comes to installation, the bolt pattern on the mount for the Ghost is the same as the 45" Ultrex.
Nuances Of The Ghost
HDS LIVE with Active Imaging 3-in-1 Transom Mount & C-MAP Pro Chart
You have a discerning taste for quality. It's never about, "What can I get for my money" with you. It is simply, "What's the best thing you produce period". If that sounds like you, THIS is your Lowrance fish finder. The HDS line has always been Lowrance's flagship line and the Live does not disappoint. With high strength glass where a plastic bezel used to be and a GPS receiver that sticks out the back of the unit for much more accurate location, the Live deviates greatly in design from previous generations. Everything about this unit screams quality. But just like what you were taught by your momma... it's not the looks that count, it's what's on the inside. And this bad boy does not disappoint there either! Coming in hot with a dual-core processor on the 9" and quad-core processor on the 12" that is capable of performing calculations that would make Albert Einstein jealous, Lowrance didn't stop there. They have loaded C-MAP's Pro Chart to ensure they have the best pre-loaded mapping in the industry. The Active Imaging 3n1 is also a first with it using all of that processing power to automatically select the best frequency for your down imaging. So if you're not just an enthusiast... but instead a connoisseur of fishing, take a good long look at your next fish finder.
We recommend running dedicated 10 AWG marine grade wire straight to the cranking battery to power this unit up.
ActiveTarget™ Live Sonar
This is Lowrance's answer to the Livescope. And what an answer it is! After the difference between Livesight and Garmin's Livescope, there were a lot of discussions on if Lowrance could come close to Garmin's technology. Once Active Target was announced we had an answer. We saw unprecedented demand for pre-orders on this item and after testing, it proved that Garmin is not the only company that can create awesome live imagery with sonar. If you run Lowrance, this is your baby! Finally you don't have to run a dedicated graph "from those other guys" for live forward facing sonar. This guy can run with the best and do so on your HDS LIVE, Carbon, or Elite FS unit. This item comes with a 15' ethernet cable, the black box, transducer, and a two different trolling motor mounts: one for the barrel and one for the shaft. The shaft mount can do scout, forward, and down mode. We recommend wiring this up with independent 10 AWG wires straight to the cranking battery. Also do not forget to hook the yellow "wake up" wire from the black box to your fish finder.
Active Target Specifications
- Warranty Period
- 1 Year + 4 additional years of upgrade options totaling 5 years
- Power Consumption max
- 1.5A @ 13.8VDC
- Power Consumption typical
- 1.5A @ 13.8VDC
- Supply Voltage
- 10.8 VDC - 31.2 VDC
- Shock Vibration
- 100,000 cycles of 20 G
- Storage Temperature Range
- -22°F to 158°F (-30°C to 70°C )
- Recommended Fuse Rating
- Operating Temperature Range
- 5°F to 131°F (-15°C to 55°C )
- 60°C, 95% relative humidity (RH) for 18 hours
- Ethernet to: HDS Live, HDS Carbon, Elite FS
- Waterproof rating
- Module:4.12 lbs (1.86 kg)Transducer:2.67 lbs (1.21 kg)
- Dimensions W x H x D
- Module:8.63" (219.3mm) x 7.56" (192.1mm) x 2.86" (72.9mm)Transducer:5.90" (149.8mm) x 3.24" (82.4mm) x 2.28" (58.0mm)
- Mounting Type
- Module:Surface MountTransducer:Bracket Mount