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Lowrance HDS-8 Gen1

Lowrance HDS-8 Gen1

Brand: Lowrance
Category: Chartplotters | Fishfinders
  • Screen Size: 8" SolarMax™ Display
  • Input Type: Unique FlyWheel™ scroll dial
  • Pre-Loaded Charts: High-Definition Insight
  • Chart Card Slots: 2 - SD | Max 32GB
  • Wifi: No
  • Sonar: Broadband | StructureScan ~ LSS-1

Lowrance HDS-8 Gen1 - Price



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Lowrance HDS-8 Gen1



Lowrance HDS-8 Gen1 - Features


The Lowrance HDS-8 Gen1 | Fishfinder/GPS Chartplotter – Massive, high-definition 8″ 600V x 800H pixel Super VGA color screen detail. Bright SolarMAX™ PLUS display for superior sunlight and wider-angle viewing. Built-in Insight USA™ high-definition cartography with Fishing Hot Spots® detail, or enhanced U.S. basemap. Pure-white LED screen/keypad backlighting fully adjusts to zero-dim for night viewing.


“Rarely does a product hit the market that changes the way I fish. Built-in Broadband Sounder sonar and incredible mapping capabilities make it the best all-in-one unit I have ever used.” — Capt. Tom Rowland, Co-host Saltwater Experience TV


Broadband Sounder – Excellence in Structure Detection.  A leap ahead in traditional 2-D analog fishfinding, award-winning HDS Broadband Sounder™ digital acoustic sonar presents peerless, high-detail marking and display of everything underwater. At higher speeds. At greater depths to 3,300 ft./1000 m.


Lowrance Broadband HDS Sonar


Internal GPS Antenna – Spot-on Always | Advanced Lowrance high-sensitivity GPS receiver with WAAS corrections for reliable position accuracy in navigation.

Intuitive Insight High-Definition Mapping – Exclusive Lowrance Insight cartography give you the most unique viewing ever achieved for fishing and navigational guidance of U.S. inland lake and coastal waters. The dynamic contour relief produces a life-like presentation of underwater topography that’s enhanced with Fishing Hot Spots® detail.

SolarMAX™ Screen Technology – You Won’t Miss a Thing. The exclusive SolarMAX™ display technology renders the finest picture and detail – even in the brightest sun and at the widest viewing angles – of any recreational marine electronics. Super-white adjustable LED backlighting with zero-dim is also excellent for night vision clarity.


Lowrance HDS-8 Charting ~ Broadband


Special Key Features – Control on the Fly Unique FlyWheel™ scroll dial and display-dedicated soft function keys give the fastest and easiest access to key features/functions control of any display screen mode. 

Easy Operation – Enjoy Selections from a Unique Menu Special, intuitive graphic + text user interface displays are easy to grasp and speed access and control of feature functions.

SD Media Card Port – Another Lowrance First Insert and display Insight HD, Navionics®, Fishing Hot Spots® or LakeMaster® digital charting options.. Record/save sonar logs and GPS detail data as well as screen captures. Upload performance-enhancing software upgrades. The HDS media port is totally waterproof.



Out-of-the-Box Networking – Plug-and-Play Perfected HDS features full plug-and-play connectivity for multifunction networking and performance options expansions with the versatility of dual platforms: High-speed Ethernet for data-intensive devices, plus NMEA 2000® for lower-bandwidth sharing of outboard engine and onboard sensors data with all networked displays.


Lowrance HDS Gen1 - Networking


Lowrance HDS-10 Networking



HDS® Performance Expansions Options



Exclusive StructureScan™ Sonar Imaging – Picture-perfect sonar detail with the most technically-advanced and full panoramic viewing – left, right and straight down – with plug-and-play HDS Ethernet networking.

Exclusive DownScan Imaging™ – with a dedicated transducer crystal array for a sharp, accurate view of what’s straight down under the boat. Structure, fish and thermoclines are revealed with stunning picture-quality perfection and accuracy – an exclusive Lowrance feature like no other.

  • Frequency: 455 or 800 kHz 
  • Depth range: 300 ft./92 m @455 kHz | 100 ft./30 m @800 kHz
  • Bottom tracking: up to 55 mph | Mark baitfish-large objects: up to 35mph
  • Optimum imaging: 2-10 mph



SideScan Imaging – Crisp side-view dimensional detail, up to 500 ft./152 m wide, so you can survey more water in less time to find productive spots. Reveals targets and their scan shadows – structure, game fish and baitfish alike.

  • Frequency: 455 or 800 kHz | Depth range: to 150 ft./46 m
  • Side range (each side): 250 ft./76 m @455 kHz | 150 ft./46 m @800 kHz
  • Bottom tracking: up to 35 mph | Mark baitfish-large objects: up to 15 mp
  • Optimum imaging: 2-10 mph



Cartography Choices – HDS is fully compatible with the widest array of high-detail chartcards to maximize your time, fishing/navigation success, and safety on inland and coastal waters. All with the convenience of plug-and-play viewing. 

  • Lowrance Insight HD – Dynamic, life-like underwater topography enhanced with Fishing Hot Spots® detail, featuring inland, coastal and new Baja coverage choices
  • Navionics® – Superb coverage, detail and selection, including HotMaps® Platinum and Premium mapping, to Platinum+ and Gold digital charting.
  • Fishing Hot Spots® PRO USA – The ultimate angler’s digital map and fishing card details nearly 4,500 lakes across America.
  • LakeMaster® – Exceptional high-detail, high-definition mapcards of popular north central inland U.S. waters; includes Insight contour relief choices.


Transducers – Versatile, super-sensitive choices for superior sonar sounding performance, from inland fresh water, to coastal in-shore and near-shore, to high-power/deep water offshore selections.

Broadband Radar™ – One of most signifcant advancement in recreational radar. Tune-free, close-in, high-detail  that are easy and safe to mount anywhere, with HDS Ethernet networking and radar/chart overlay via NMEA 2000®.


Lowrance HDS-8 Broadband Radar


HD Digital Radar – Advanced, high-definition radomes or open array with digital signal processing for target detection with superb accuracy in dark and foul weather. HDS Ethernet networking and radar/chart overlay via NMEA 2000®.

AIS (Automatic Identification System)  Class B AIS – focuses your awareness on other AIS-equipped boats and ships in your vicinity and helps reduce the risk of collision by exchanging safety data between them. Displayed on HDS via NMEA 2000® data network. 

High-Speed GPS Antenna – Enhanced and incredible GPS position accuracy at even the highest boat speeds in a 5
Hz 16-channel antenna module with true position updates five times every second when networked to HDS via NMEA 2000® data network.

LWX-1 SIRIUS® Satellite Weather/Radio – This plug-and-play smart antenna module networks with any onboard HDS display for real-time, high-resolution NOWRad® satellite weather, plus digital stereo radio, with inland and coastal SIRIUS® subscription choices.

SonicHub™ Marine Audio Server – Experience a whole new audio wave in onboard entertainment with the world’s first
marine-grade, waterproof audio hub/docking system with the convenience of total control using any HDS multifunction display.

Boat/Engine/Fuel Management – Lowrance innovation delivers the most comprehensive selection of NMEA 2000® network gauges, sensors and engine interfacing for improved vessel systems management and
fuel economies.

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Key Facts:

Lowrance HDS-8 Gen1


  • 8” | 800 x 600
  • 16-bit color Super VGA SolarMax Plus – Display
  • Sunlight-Viewable Display | Wide Angle
  • Simple, easy-to-use interface
  • 250W – Broadband Sounder™
  • Internal GPS Antenna +WAAS 
  • 2 SD Media Card Slots
  • Out-of-the-Box Networking
  • AIS | Class B AIS – Capable
  • Broadband Radar™ | HD Digital Radar – Capable
  • LWX-1 SIRIUS® Satellite Weather/Radio – Capable
  • SonicHub® Marine Audio Server – Capable
  • Vessel/Engine/Fuel Management – Capable
  • Built-in High-Definition Insight Mapping: Lake Insight
  • Optional Mapping –  Navionics+, Platinum+ and Platinum chart cards with TurboView for worldwide coverage – as well as Navionics Hotmaps Platinum, Lowrance Hot Spots Pro and LakeMaster ProMaps (Americas)


Lowrance HDS-8 Gen1 - Price




Model HDS-8 Gen1
Physical dimensions 7.8" x 10.6" x 4"
198 x 269 x 101 mm
Weight 4.2lb
Water rating IPX7 with card door closed
Display type Keypad | Super VGA SolarMax
Display size 8" diagonal
Display resolution 800 x 600 pixels
Display - Brightness NA
Power consumption .9A @ 13VDC with backlight on full
Supply - 12v DC (10-18VDC)
GPS Antenna Internal - 16-channel high-sensitvity
GPS Receiver GPS | WAAS
Mounting options Gimble | Flush Mount

Maps & Memory

Model HDS-8 Gen1
Accepts data cards 2 SD|MMC|MMC+ | Max 32GB
Waypoints 5000
Routes 200
Track log 10 Trails | 12,000 points each
Preloaded Maps Built-in High-Definition Insight Mapping Options: Basemap or Insight USA

Supports: Navionics Platinum+ and Platinum chartcards with TurboView for worldwide coverage - as well as Navionics Hotmaps Platinum, Lowrance Hot Spots Pro and LakeMaster ProMaps (Americas)

Outdoor Recreation Features

Tide Tables Yes

Chartplotter Features

Model HDS-8 Gen1
Radar compatible Yes
Sonar compatible Integrated: Broadband
Supports AIS Yes | Class B
Weather Yes | LWX-1 SIRIUS
Supports DSC - GPS Data / VHF Yes
Supports FUSION-Link SonicHub
Black Box sonar support StructureScan / LSS-1
Planning Software Compatible Yes - Insight Planner
App-Control Compatibility No
Remote Input Device - compatible No
Alarms GPS - Arrival, Off-Course, Anchor
Sonar - Shallow, Deep, Temp change

Sonar Features & Specifications

Model HDS-8 Gen1
Dual-frequency (50/200 kHz) sonar capable Yes | 250W RMS
Dual-Beam Sonar (77/200 kHz) capable 455/800kHz (DownScan) | With LSS-1
CHIRP sonar technology No
ClearVü | Down No
SideVü | Side StructureScan HD | With LSS-1
Forward View No


Model HDS-8 Gen1
NMEA 2000 compatible Yes
NMEA 0183 input ports 2
NMEA 0183 output ports 2
Marine Network Ports Yes
Video input ports No
Video output ports No
Wireless connectivity No
BlueTooth connectivity No


Model HDS-8 Gen1
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In The Box

In The Box HDS-8 Gen1
HDS-8 Gen1 - Bezel
Sun Cover
U mounting bracket
Bracket Knobs
Cut-out Template
Power/Data cable
Connector Caps
Mounting Screws



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