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View Poll Results: FCV585 vs HDS8
Furuno FCV585 21 84.00%
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Old 02-11-2012, 11:06 AM
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I am interested in buying one of the two fishfinders (Furuno FCV585 or Lowrance HDS8). Can you please help me by stating your experiences with these Furuno/Lowrance models? If their price was exactly the same which one would you prefer and why?
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Old 02-11-2012, 11:18 AM
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Koutrol, i cant comment on the lowrance, but I am on my second fcv585 and I love it. I can watch a 4 oz.lead go all the way to the bottom in 300' of water. When Someone is reeling in a fish, I can actually see both the lead and the fish coming up together. There is a reason why so many commercial boats use furuno.
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Love my 585 but it's strictly a bottom machine.
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I have a 585 on my dive boat for a couple of years. Great machine, but I will tell you it has lost it's brightness gradually. Not the 1st Furuno machine I have had this happen to.
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The Furuno FCV585 has an sound track record and is my favorite sounder...and also of my hundreds of customers who have bought them from me over the years.
Just try and find one used on the on the internet.....no way..when someone is ready to move up or sell their buddy is ready and waiting for it.

The FCV585 is easy to use and totally reliable for almost any situation.

Below are shots of an HDS and a FCv585 on the same boat over the same spot.
To be fair..the HDS was running a 600 watt P66 and the FCV 585 was running a1K Tm260.
But that is the point also...the FCV 585 can really utilize some great transducers at a full 1 k.

http://www.marine-electronics-review...no-fcv585.html


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The Furuno FCV585 has an sound track record and is my favorite sounder...and also of my hundreds of customers who have bought them from me over the years.
Just try and find one used on the on the internet.....no way..when someone is ready to move up or sell their buddy is ready and waiting for it.

The FCV585 is easy to use and totally reliable for almost any situation.

Below are shots of an HDS and a FCv585 on the same boat over the same spot.
To be fair..the HDS was running a 600 watt P66 and the FCV 585 was running a1K Tm260.
But that is the point also...the FCV 585 can really utilize some great transducers at a full 1 k.

http://www.marine-electronics-review...no-fcv585.html


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great shot....i love my lil furuno 620......
i have watched a single bb, like from a bb gun, sink to the bottom in 190 ft of water......
then see the mud line come back up the other way when it hit the bottom.....truely an impressive machine....
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I am interested in buying one of the two fishfinders (Furuno FCV585 or Lowrance HDS8). Can you please help me by stating your experiences with these Furuno/Lowrance models? If their price was exactly the same which one would you prefer and why?
You're actually asking for an opinion about 2 very different units. The HDS-8 is far more than a sonar with chartplotter and so much more there's no way to describe briefly. The FCV585 is a sonar and that's it.

But to answer your question, I'll just put it this way. I have 2 HDS-8's with several options and have absolutely enjoyed every aspect. But if I had room at the helm for one of Furuno's Sonars such as the 585, it would probably be there too. Here's a previous post showing images from several different units that may help: http://www.thehulltruth.com/marine-e...ages-here.html
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If you get the 585, go ahead and spend the money for a 1kW transducer and you will not be disappointed. I have found at least 10 random ledges between spots while running on plane with my 585 and thru hull combo that we have been riding over for the past couple of years and never paying attention to. Now when I come across a ledge with fish holding on it, you can see the screen light up for a split second, and turn around and check it out. As said above it is strictly a bottom machine so it should be better. It runs pretty well on auto straight out of the box, but if you play with the gain, you can do exactly what these guys are telling you.
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