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Old 09-23-2005, 10:04 AM
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Default Best buy in a low cost Depth/Fish finder??

I have heard you can get a decent unit these days under $200.... My last unit was a Garmin 240 Blue.. It was pretty good,but I think it was over hyped.. Can anyone make recommendations on a unit of at least this quality??.. Cost is a MAJOR factor as it will be on a little 14 foot aluminum, and i don't want to spend too much on a little lake/river screwing around boat... thanks for any advice you can give! bob
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Humminbird offers a great many of the lower priced units that fall in the range your looking for !!!
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With all due respect, I'm looking for folks that have used various units and can give me performance evaluations,as opposed to telling me where one brand can be bought... bob
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Bob,

I have an Eagle 320 w/ single frequency transducer on a 14 ft lund that I use just on the lakes here in Maine. In my opinion, its a great unit for what I use it for, which seems to be similar to the use you are describing. At around $200 retail its in your price range, but I was able to get one on E-Bay new in the box for $140. My $.02
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bullet you should listen to jtburt he knows doesn't think he knows he KnowsI have a matrix67 and a ds500 raymarine on my boat and the humminbird works just about on par with the ray
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the Raymarine DS400x is hte cheapest unit I would buy. Anything cheaper, and your better off poking a stick around the bottom.
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ubettcha.. No disrepect intended to jtburf at all.. I was just looking for guys that had first hand experience with different low cost units and could elaborate... my apologies if any offencs was taken.. I am leaning toward a Garmin 250,,, It has 500 watts RMS with a dual range transducer or 400 with the single range... 320x320 pixels.. low $200's.. The Humminbirds in that range are 150 watts RMS.. Also, I have seen a lot of reliability complaints with Eagle and Humminbird products... I have an almost unused Humminbird unit in brand new cond, with the protevtive plastic still on the screen.. DEAD as a doornail.. won't power up.. leaves a bad taste.. any other thoughts??... The 240/240 Blue are still around NOS and are DIRT cheap.. maybe I could go that way... bob
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At it's current pricing, the Garmin 240 is an outstanding buy....(and yes, I use one).
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Furuno LS6100 - wins a lot of reviews. Big screen 50/200 kHz, and terrific resolution. Same functionality as the 600L, 582L, etc.

Boaterzworld had them WITH the transducer included for $249 a while back. Ebay folks selling them for more than that now.

Most don't know or take advantage of the fact that it can act like a complete GPS/FF with addition of Furuno's BBWGPS antenna (plug & play), although it doesn't store many waypoints or do mapping. Still, a great upgrade path. The much more expensive color LCD's can't do that.
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Forgot to mention -

(I know this is a bit over your low budget) but the Furuno LS6100 can also act as your speedometer, navigator, temp, even wind direction display with the appropriate sensors. The key is you could leave this unit on the small boat and if you had a bigger one, transfer the Furuno GPS antenna as needed. And you also get Furuno's famous white line, A-scope, bottom zoom, etc. etc. at an unbelievable price.

And yes, I have one and use it on a 14ft back in WI for walleye, but also to complement my big Navnet system on my CC.



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IMHO, There is always such a misconception when it comes to depth/fish finders. People always say "get this, get that.. blah blah blah.. "

Like tires on a car, you need to get the one that suits your application. So, let's see here...

14 foot aluminum, huh?

I am assuming you won't see anything deeper than 100 feet??? Probably less than 10 feet usually.

You need really should go with the lowest wattage you can get since you will be shallow all the time. I run and I have been very happy with a Lowrance X-47 - I chose it becuase I run in the flats a lot (where you don't need a BULL HORN to hear something that is 18 inches away). It's the one of the lowest wattage units when compared with all of the others..

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I put a lowrance X47 on my 14' skiff & it works fine. It's got a clear picture & I kind of like Lowrances/Eagles skimmer transducers for picking up the bottom at speed. It even has temperature. The unit stays out in the weather so I didn't want anything too nice.
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Bulletbob, as ReelWork stated, you need to get a unit that is made for your application, or at least as close to it as possible. When you are looking for a car or truck, don't you go to someone for advice that won't try to push some crap on you, but yet is very knowledgeable about automobiles? Give jtburf a call or even an email, he will at least help you greatly narrow your search by giving you information on various units that fit your application. Then you can ask more specific questions concerning only a few units.

Anyway, I have a Si-Tex CVS-801c. It's an old unit with an 8" CRT screen. It's heavy and will make a good hoop-net anchor after I buy a Furuno FCV-582. I want to see the bottom in 1500' depths.
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I used an eagle II Fishfinder ID for ten years from 1991-2001. This was a freshwater application. Did a great job. No reliability problems. Excellent fish finder

I recently purchased the $79 eagle at boaters world. It measured water temp and gave an excellent reading of the bottom. Used it on my 12' jon boat until some b*stard swamped my boat, motor and fish finder.

Then I purchased a 1995 13'9" Boston Whaler dauntless (Try and swamp that one!) It came with a humminbird Wide Optic fish finder. This one has a tri beam, speedo, and temp. Works amazingly well. The tri beam shows which side of the boat the fish are located. The unit is 10 years old and works great. I sent it in to the factory because I though it went dead. It was dead because I accidently broke the wire to the power. Humminbird serviced my unit, sent me a new power cord (without asking) and charged me less than the required service fee. Turn around in less than 10 days. Excellent service.
This unit is 10 years old. I hope to keep it another twenty years. Saltwater use. Good to 600'.

My old Grady came with a Humminbird 400TX. Saltwater use. Good to 600'. Interestingly, this one also has a tri beam transducer. Matter of fact, the WideOptic and the 400TX units are interchangeable!!! Each does exactly the same thing. The 400TX has a slightly larger screen.

Anyone may bash humminbird all they want. I've received very good service from my units. One is ten years old, the other three years old. No problems. They are non color. Each unit will tell you your battery output, has a trip log, is backlit.

I've fished with a fellow with a Garmin 240. I like garmin products. His 240 was nice. The screen presentation was nice. Gave the same information as my humminbirds.

FYI. My swamped cheapie eagle still works. After 6hrs of submersion it still works! Go figure.

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