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Slippywhenwet
03-21-2012, 07:59 PM
Hey guys, I'm a lobster fisherman from Atlantic Canada. My father and I are looking at a new furuno fish finder, we only fish in 10' to the deepest 100' , I for that reason was thinking the 585 would be a good unit, my father wants the 295. Was wondering your thoughts if the 295 was overkill, and whether I need to pay the extra on 1 kw transducer or if the 600 w is all I need for the depth of water I fish in.
Thanks guys for the help


semperfifishing
03-21-2012, 08:18 PM
The FCV585 with a top of the line transducer will serve you well...more than capable for your conditions.
Don't skimp on the transducer..a multiple element will pay dividends because of its higher sensitivity multiple elements....it is not about power..but sensitivity.
Since I assume being a lobster fisherman you are mainly looking for bottom detail and a single element 600 watt transducer will work but a multiple element will give far greater detail and at higher speeds and or in less than favorable conditions.

The FCV295 is designed to work hand in hand with tunable frequency transducers such as the R299.
Unless you use a tunable freq transducer you will not get the full benefit of the FCV295 unless you father is just looking for a larger screen size.
By the way...tunable freq transducers for the unit start at $2,500.
And if you dad is looking in that direction lobster prices must be good.


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P.S. I am open to "Trades"...do you ship? lol

nicktg
03-22-2012, 03:32 AM
SWW,

Please excuse my ignorance, but what do you use the fishfinder for?
Just to see the bottom/structure or do lobsters show up?
The new FCV-587 (http://www.thehulltruth.com/marine-electronics-forum/410990-furuno-fcv-627-fcv-587-a.html) with an M260/TM260/B260 should do the trick.


Slippywhenwet
03-22-2012, 02:06 PM
Just to show bottom, but where I fish there's a lot of edges and than sand, so I want something that's accurate and fast
Thanks for the replys

SoPoGrady
03-22-2012, 04:28 PM
The FCV585 with a top of the line transducer will serve you well...more than capable for your conditions.
Don't skimp on the transducer..a multiple element will pay dividends because of its higher sensitivity multiple elements....it is not about power..but sensitivity.
Since I assume being a lobster fisherman you are mainly looking for bottom detail and a single element 600 watt transducer will work but a multiple element will give far greater detail and at higher speeds and or in less than favorable conditions.

The FCV295 is designed to work hand in hand with tunable frequency transducers such as the R299.
Unless you use a tunable freq transducer you will not get the full benefit of the FCV295 unless you father is just looking for a larger screen size.
By the way...tunable freq transducers for the unit start at $2,500.
And if you dad is looking in that direction lobster prices must be good.


http://a.imageshack.us/img407/9126/imagedetail.jpg


P.S. I am open to "Trades"...do you ship? lol

Semper

Is the 585 Equal to the dff-1. On paper the stats seem quite similar, with the obvious exception of the display, just talking about the guts.

abbor
03-22-2012, 04:42 PM
For your application I think StructureScan would give excellent results. A Simrad NSS-8 with both a normal transducer and a StructureScan black-box + StructureScan transducer is worth investigating.

semperfifishing
03-22-2012, 04:59 PM
Semper

Is the 585 Equal to the dff-1. On paper the stats seem quite similar, with the obvious exception of the display, just talking about the guts.

Yes, the DFF1 is equal as far as sonar capability...same power,detection circuits.



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