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Old 04-03-2003, 06:57 AM
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I my endless quest for the best deal on a fish finder for my small boat I just came across one made by Si-Tex...ProFish IIMap/Sounder Plus.

300 Watt sounder rated to 1500ft
dual beam transducer
5.7" dia 8 color display sunlight viewable
Waas GPS
Plotter (CMAP)

all for around $825.

Seems like a pretty good deal but I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with the machine.
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Old 04-03-2003, 07:11 AM
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my buddy has one, and sayes the shallow water display is not good
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Old 04-03-2003, 07:13 AM
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Hey Cod - I had one on my boat for 1 yr.,my dad has one on his and a friend also has one on his boat. Very cool machine; great colors and definition. It likes light, the more the better, so if you have a center console or open bridge it will be great. In an enclosed situation where there's no sunlight, the screen's a bit on the dull side. Charting is great; gps is flawless. One problem we experienced: the antennae cable pin attachment has to be disassembled to rig, and you have to do some delicate soldering. We tried 2x then had a pro do it on my bud's boat; on dad's it went fine but then the cable pulled out of the antennae base. Si-Tex sent us a new one, no charge. I give it a thumb's up.
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Old 04-04-2003, 06:35 AM
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Angler, what does the display look like when marking fish. Is it like a furuno mark or like garmins stupid little fish symbols? I like the furuno because you can distinguish spieces by the intesity of the mark.
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Old 04-04-2003, 06:52 AM
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Cod - it goes both ways; you can program it to show those silly little fishies, or "raw" data display, as you like. I don't think its raw data definition is quite as good as with the F. Navnet system, but it is as good as Furuno's lower end color units, like the 600L. (That's what's on my boat.) One note--the other comment about shallow water is correct, in my experience, shallow being 5' and less. Both units get sketchy at 5', (number display blinks, but bottom line is still visible) and they seem to loose touch in 3' or less. Fiddling with the settings does counter the problem, but you have to start all over again to get good readings back in deeper water. It is not the ticket for flats anglers.
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Old 04-04-2003, 07:51 AM
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Angler- thanks for the info. Im going to try to stop by boatersworld tonight to see one. Seems like a neat little package and since I'm going to be using it on a small boat it might do ok.
I have always found that in <5ft of water the boat always seems too spoke fish anyways so that isnt too much of a concern, Thanks again.
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