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Old 10-15-2006, 10:10 AM
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Reading the threads, all I see are complaints about their fishfinders. I self-installed an inexpensive Humminbird years ago and it's never showed me a fish! It only reads the bottom and depth and that's an off and on event.
I'm looking a a new boat and the dealer uses Raymarine exclusively. Am I going to regret it if I go with his product? Any other suggestions. Thanks for the input.
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I had a Raymarine DS500x on my last boat, and it was awesome.

From my experience, most people have problems with their fishfinders from poorly positioned transom mount transducers. You very rarely see people with legitimate problems with thru-hull or in-hull transducers (especially those that were professionally installed)... The other problem that is repeated is people expecting too much out of their fishfinders. Even good 500W RMS units aren't going to find fish in DEEP saltwater depths, but for some reason, people buy them thinking they will... And finally, people install a fishfinder, and have no idea how to use it. I'd say 90% of boat owners use their fishfinders as depth-finders only... Most people don't know how to fine-tune their sonars and really use them to their full potential... There's a lot of info out there available. So, my advice would be, get a good quality unit (Raymarine is fine), install it properly (or have it installed by a dealer) and learn how to use it!
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E80 and could not be happier. If you get one make sure you buy the DSM 300. Makes the bottom look alive!
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C80 Raymarine with dsm 250 and bv744 thru hull.
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DX500, Reads everything just fine.When the screen isnt totally fogged out.Or you dont have to look at it in direct sunlight with you glasses on. Mine will be for sale first of the year. Jeff
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I have a Furuno 6100 and a Ray LS755. I like both of them, with the edge going to the Furuno. It seems to have a more crisp display.
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With my Furuno......
I can tell you whats on the hook before it comes to the boat!
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RM DSX600 - no problems, very happy with its performance as a fishfinder
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DS400X...Love it!
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2 Raymarine FF. Last one crapped out on me. It was a DS600x. Lasted three trips and it was done, manufacturer didn't replace it, but the retailer BOE stepped up and gave me a credit for a Furuno. Before that I had a cheaper RM and it was brutal. Which is why I replaced it with a "better" one.

I just got a Furuno 620 installed. I've heard great things about them, so we'll see. It might just be me but I'm done with Raymarine.
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Lowrance 332C, no complaints.
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Furuno 582 L......best of the best
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I've had Raymarines (complete crap), Garmins (good but a bit too delicate i.e don't drop it) and now I own a Humminbird Matrix 37 (good if you can tolerate B&W)and a 787c2. The 787 is a superb machine and performs better than any unit I've had before. I understand Humminbird was taken over by another company and their "low end" WalMart reputation is a thing of the past. I certainly think that's the case, at least with the 787.
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I'm pleased with the performance of my Raymarine DS 500x with transom mount transducer (installed myself). My only problem was a fogging issue that was fixed by Raymarine back in 2004. No problems since the repair. I have no problem seeing the screen in sunlight or when I'm wearing my polarized Costa Del Mar sunglasses, as long as I'm in front of the unit and not off to the side too far. The unit definitely shows me the fish. Sometimes I can even tell what kind of fish based on the shapes on the screen. I've even been able to see my 4 oz. lead sinker jigging up and down in 50 feet of water right under the transducer. I was very surprised to see a faint little arcing trail as the rod was jigged sharply up and down.
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Lowrance 334Ci, love it
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Garmin 240 Blue, 4 years old now, still love it.
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Raymarine C80, 250, 1kw thur hull ducer, love it! Powerhouse. Also a Furuno 667, great unit, CRT screens a bit challenging on a sunny day. The transducer is everything, get a thruhull if you can help it, and get a pro to install it.
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Lowrance 337CDF best bang for my buck... and I have had excellent customer support. But, that's just me... its like me saying "All Indians walk in a straight line, at least the one I saw did!"

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Raymarine C120 with DSM300. Simply put, amazing. Marks everything !
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Raymarine DS600 has worked fine for me. I am now into my second year without any problem. Performance improved considerably when I changed over to a tilted element through hull transducer last spring. I do take my unit off the boat when I am not using it and keep it nice and dry in my house.

After having used a transom mount transducer and then changing over to a through hull tilted element, I have the impression that some of the problems that people complain about are related to poor transducer placement and related turbulence artifacts. Moreover, I would not be surprised if some additional problems occur associated on boats with wiring problems and voltage spikes. I think the Raymarine A-series does pretty well at providing a good image of the water column especially considering the cost. I get a good bottom image underway at up to 30mph down to about 1000 feet. When drifting I see bottom at least to 1200 feet. Since I usually fish in 100-200 feet of water I have no problems seeing structure on the bottom and seeing fish. There are certainly days when I don't catch fish, but I have never felt that that was because of my fishfinder.

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