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Old 03-19-2007, 02:55 PM
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I just purchased a 24' Cape Horn boat, it did not have much in the way of electronics. I need a good fishfinder and chartplotter. Someone told me to go with a Furuno fishfinder and a garmin chartplotter, any opinions? I may also like to add radar in the future and I would like to say that money is no object, but that is not the case here.
I was looking at the fcv620 and the 520 fishfinders.

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Old 03-19-2007, 03:10 PM
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I have a new furuno fcv 667 crt for sale. It was the standard for small boats for a long while. I never mounted it on my center console boat. It is good for boats that have some protection from the elements. will sell it for 400.00

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There are many who say Garmin is easier to use, but I have found the opposite. I had a Garmin 2006 and it took a lot of steps to add waypoints, it was hard to remember how to do things, etc. With Furuno navnet I don't need the manual. Just my 2 cents.
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Unfortunately the Furuno's seem to be better fishfinders/radar while the Garmin is probably a better chartplotter - makes it tough on a limited budget.....I went with both the full 3010C package (in 2005) including the radar 4kw and a furuno 600 fishfinder, dual vhf, dual transducers etc. on a 24' Hydrasports Vector CC....about $6K with installation.....overkill, maybe but at least I can find and see the fish I am not catching!
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just got the furuno 620. will be getting the garmin 492 soon. seems to be the way to go.
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count me in as a satisfied garmin gps and furuno f/f user.
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Put me down as someone whom thinks Garmins are easy to use. I've had a 182C for 5 years and I only read the manual to see if I was missing out on anything.

I also have a Raymarine C70 that I use for my radar display that I am feeding a GPS signal to from the Garmin. It uses a Navionics Gold chip. For what its worth, I like the Garmin Blue Chart better. Its easier to read.
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I have the Furuno FCV620 and I am waiting for my Garmin 545 to show up. The Furuno is the way to go for the FF. I like seperate units, as the the big screens were too much $$$.
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I went with the Garmin 3206 for gps & radar & the Furuno 585 for the fishfinder. I was told that a Furuno or Raymarine 2 or 4kw dome radar will show the same thing as the Garmin. Now if you are going looking for birds then you would need the 6kw or bigger open array Furuno. For me the number one thing was the gps & fishfinder I only wanted the radar for safety in bad weather.

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Look,

I have a V20 CC wellcraft, kind of small boat... I plan on fishing the modah fluker very hard though

I just received my Furuno 620 and a separate Garmin 420. Both of these units are sweeeeeet

I've read both of the owner manuals and as far as leaning the manuals, it should be a breeze
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Why not go with the Garmin 3210c or 4012c w/ GSD 22? You've got separates with this setup but you don't have dual screens so you save real estate. And it's not like you are really taking a back set to the Furuno in the sounder department.
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I just installed a Garmin 2210C and a Furuno FCV585. They replaced two color Lowrance units that were on this boat when I bought it a year ago. The decision to go with Garmin for the chartplotter was easy for me, had a pair of Garmin 188c's on the last boat and was very happy with the ease of use and rapid update. My chartplotter was always showing me exactly where I was at the moment, unlike the Lowrance which seemed to lag behind by a few seconds. When trolling contours this got to be a bit frustrating. As for the sounder, Garmins are ok, but will not give you the level of detail on the display that the Furuno will. I also think the Furuno sounder is easier to fine tune than the Garmin and has better "auto" features if you want to run it that way to keep things simple. I can't comment yet on the ability to pick up fish and separate them from the bottom when they're laying with their belly tight to the bottom, have been told the Furuno is superior here as well. (water is just starting to thaw out here).
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Garmin GPS...Furuno FishFinder...perfect...
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I have a 2520 SC Parker and I have the Garmin 2206 .It very easy to use if you get a combo unit if the GPS goes down your with out a fish finder . Keep them separate I have a Furuno fish finder and I like it. I think garmin chart plotter are the best.

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