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Old 01-27-2009, 06:42 PM
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Is a Furuno fishfinder really worth it? Right now I have a garmin 178c and Im deciding if i want to replace it with Garmin 540 or keep it and get a Furuno FCV 620. The sounder on the 178c has not impressed me, I didn't install the transducer but I lose readings in rough water or higher speeds. I want a sounder that will read all the time and Im gonna use a transom mount ducer. So what you think should I get the Garmin 540 or just keep the 178 for GPS and get a Furuno 620?
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keep the garmin get a furuno bottom machine
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"Is a Furuno fishfinder really worth it?" YES - Performs extremely well. Good resale if need be.


Very happy with my Furuno FF w/p66 transom mount and Garmin GPS units.

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With the Furuno 620 and Garmin 540S, you are comparing apples to oranges - the Garmin is a chartplotter with a low budget fishfinder built in; the Furuno is a mid-level fishfinder only. If your happy with the 178c as a chartplotter, then add the Furuno - it is a good machine for the price - I use it as a backup on my boat. You may find the 620 is no better in rough water with a transom mount ducer, because the ducer is really the issue.
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I had a Garmin 188 with transom mount transducer. It never loses bottom when its rough or at 40 MPH. I added a Gar 320C fishfinder and still use the same transducer and it performs the same with no loss of signal. Your problem is more than likely the transducer installation. I will agree though that the Garmin probably has the best chartplotter and the Furuno is the best bottom machine.
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If you liked the 178 you will LOVE a 500 series Garmin. If your budget doesn't stretch to two displays, get a 545SX and a good transducer, and spend some time getting the latter mounted right. But you are not going to see bottom in the canyons. I suggest the SX because that's the bargain deal of the year to get XM weather. Check out Bluewater Pirate's superb videos to become a believer!
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There is no such thing as a 545SX. You can get a 545S and purchase the GXM 31 antenna separately ($250) to get XM weather/audio for your 500 series chartplotter.

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Get the Furuno 620 you will not regret it. I was under the very same situation when I was going to upgrade last year. I have the Garmin 178c and have never liked the FF on the unit. I decided to keep the GPS since I was always happy with the GPS performance. I bought the Furuno 620 with the transom mount transducer and just took the old Garmin transducer off. You cannot get a better FF than the Furuno.
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Well it looks like Im gonna get the Furuno. I actually saw a coupe FCV600L on ebay for around 350. If I get one of those might get a new GPS also. Thanks for them help guys.
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Well it looks like Im gonna get the Furuno. I actually saw a coupe FCV600L on ebay for around 350. If I get one of those might get a new GPS also. Thanks for them help guys.
Good thinking - the FCV600L is a quality machine and a gently used one will give you years of services.
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Well it looks like Im gonna get the Furuno. I actually saw a coupe FCV600L on ebay for around 350. If I get one of those might get a new GPS also. Thanks for them help guys.
Good thinking - the FCV600L is a quality machine and a gently used one will give you years of services.
While the Furuno 620 is the Furuno 600 replacement that is where they stop.

The 620 is a far superior machine than a 600.

Furuno learned this stuff from the popularity of the 582. [which I have 2 of them]

The 620 is 600 watts, has Knobs and no Damn menu's to jump thru to run it in manual mode.

With knobs it makes manual mode extremely simple. I have also seen a 600 really wash out in direct sunlight, to the point that you can hardly see anything.

If your looking at used stuff for cheaper, then look for a 582, not a 600.



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I couldn't disagree more with what you wrote. No-one is comparing the 582 to the 600, but to suggest that it is not a good FF is just crazy talk. First of all, the displays are the SAME technology (only differ in size) and if a 600 is washing out in a bad installation, then so will a 582. Secondly, 350 Watts RMS in the RIGHT FF is nothing to crap on. Put 350 Watts RMS in a Garmin and let the diarrhea begin!

I and others that own or have owned a 600 would agree that it is a good bang for the buck, especially on the pre-owned market. I'll stand by my original recommendation, you want a good pre-owned FF that can easily support 1000' consider the FCV-600L.

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A quality transducer makes all the difference a sounder is only as good as the transducer, I have a commercial grade Sitex and the performance sucked, switched to an Airmar trans and its night and day
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I couldn't disagree more with what you wrote. No-one is comparing the 582 to the 600, but to suggest that it is not a good FF is just crazy talk. First of all, the displays are the SAME technology (only differ in size) and if a 600 is washing out in a bad installation, then so will a 582. Secondly, 350 Watts RMS in the RIGHT FF is nothing to crap on. Put 350 Watts RMS in a Garmin and let the diarrhea begin!

I and others that own or have owned a 600 would agree that it is a good bang for the buck, especially on the pre-owned market. I'll stand by my original recommendation, you want a good pre-owned FF that can easily support 1000' consider the FCV-600L.
I think Warthog meant is that if you are going to bother with the older technology to go with the 582L. Like he said the 582 has KNOBS! No stupid buttons in which you have to jump through menus with.

Now as to the OP question, if you want a great inshore FF that will not need replacing for the next 5-7 years (yes it is that good) then get the 620.

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Well it looks like Im gonna get the Furuno. I actually saw a coupe FCV600L on ebay for around 350. If I get one of those might get a new GPS also. Thanks for them help guys.
Good thinking - the FCV600L is a quality machine and a gently used one will give you years of services.
While the Furuno 620 is the Furuno 600 replacement that is where they stop.

The 620 is a far superior machine than a 600.

Furuno learned this stuff from the popularity of the 582. [which I have 2 of them]

The 620 is 600 watts, has Knobs and no Damn menu's to jump thru to run it in manual mode.

With knobs it makes manual mode extremely simple. I have also seen a 600 really wash out in direct sunlight, to the point that you can hardly see anything.

If your looking at used stuff for cheaper, then look for a 582, not a 600.










I had them both the fcv600 and now the 620. While the 600 is a great fishfinder there is no comparison between the two. The screen on the 620 is much brighter, it has better target discrimination, better clutter control, and it has knobs. The 600l's screen would wash out in the direct sun, but it was not a big deal until I put the 620 in. I have not had that problem with the 620.

I ran the both of them with an Airmar b60 and would reccomenr either unit but the 620 is a fantastic machine while the 600 is very good.

There is nothing like adjusting the gain on the fly by turning a knob instead of jumping through menus.

My only gripe with furuno on the 620 is the data display, no matter what you select to display, depth, speed ect. It is in a data box and not overlayed. If they could update the unit to overlay data it would be the perfect machine for me.
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"Is a Furuno fishfinder really worth it?" YES - Performs extremely well. Good resale if need be.


Very happy with my Furuno FF w/p66 transom mount and Garmin GPS units.

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Looks like some nice bass stacked up there!!!!
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"Is a Furuno fishfinder really worth it?" YES - Performs extremely well. Good resale if need be.


Very happy with my Furuno FF w/p66 transom mount and Garmin GPS units.

[img]../photos/get-photo.asp?photoid=36859[/img]




Looks like some nice bass stacked up there!!!!


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Good call!


Pic below from that day's catch.

Hoping this springs run is as good as last years - aching to get out there...


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