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Old 12-17-2002, 03:34 AM
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AYNONE HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE WITH THIS FISHFINDER. OTHER THEN A HIGH PRICE HOW WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS

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Old 12-17-2002, 08:04 AM
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I have a friend who has the unit on his 32 Intrepid, big display, fast rendering, super bright, reads bottom at WOT, GPS works great. If anything there are a few too many options so operating may present a learning curve. Its a top of the line unit.

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Old 12-17-2002, 12:58 PM
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Seavee-one must be talking about the CE42, because it contains the GPS. The EQ42 is strictly a sounder so operation is greatly simplified.
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Old 12-17-2002, 04:47 PM
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CRAVEN YOU ARE CORRECT IT IS A SOUNDER ONLY I'M CONSIDERING MATCHING THE SIMRAD W/A GARMIN 182C AND A SIMRAD AP21
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Old 12-18-2002, 04:19 AM
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GM- Make sure you get it with a 1kw transducer. If you can fit it, the Simrad combi is incredible. If not the Airmar's will still provide excellant performance.
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Old 12-18-2002, 04:41 AM
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Thanks Craven
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Old 12-18-2002, 05:35 AM
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I don't have any experience with the larger units, but I have the smaller CE32. I am pleased with it so far. It is my first color unit, so there has been a pretty large learning curve. The tech support is really great. Which is good because the manuel sucks! I had some trouble showing bottom at high speeds, but through some tweaking of the settings and a re-termination of the transducer it seems to have corrected the problem. I still get some fall outs at speeds over 35mph, but it picks right back up usually. Overall it seems to be a high quality unit. I narrowed it down to simrad or furuno, got the simrad because I got an awesome price on it.
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Old 12-18-2002, 05:51 AM
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I have the CE42 with combi transducer in my new boat, but haven't launched it yet. The transducer is supposed to be incredible, but it is almost as large as a football. Not for smaller boats, unless you flush mount it into the hull. Very nice equipment, professional grade construction. Can't wait to us it on the water.
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Old 12-18-2002, 10:24 AM
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I went to Fish/Workboat Expo in Providence, RI back in October and spent a lot of time at the Simrad and Furuno booths. The one thing I found to be quite impressive about the EQ 42 was the user adjustable power output from 1KW to 600W, 300W or whatever for shallow water operation. I also found their email Tech Support top notch. A while back when I was emailing other companies about Airmar M260 transducers they insisted that I was talking about the M256 and the M260 did not exist. Simrad was right on top of it.
 
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I put one on my 22 shamrock this past spring with the combi transducer. All I can say that it is one awesome unit. You will see things that you never knew were there at any speed and depth. If you get one, go for the combi ducer. A lot of $ but why skimp. The screen is very impressive, One of the things that sold me on this unit. It is also very easy to use once you do the initial set up. Give me a shout if you have any specific ?.

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Old 12-18-2002, 05:41 PM
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just remember the whether the sounder reads the bottom or not while running doesn't have a hell of a lot to do with the sounder machine, but the transducer and more importantly the placement of the transducer. The less bubbles, less turbulent water running over the transducer, the better the signal...Many installers are mounting the transducers inside the keels of bigger boats for better readings while running...
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Old 12-19-2002, 09:54 AM
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Termite - where did you mount that combi transducer on your Shamrock 22. That is wild to have such a heavy duty ducer on a 22 footer. You must be a hardcore fisherman. Nice ! I had mine cut into the keel of my Northern Bay 36, with a small amount protuding below the keel. I hope it works. For those curious about the combi transducer, it is a handmade ultra high performance tranducer made by Simrad for their machines. Mine cost about $900. I went for the 38/200hz combo.
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I made a high speed fairing block out of mahogany to mount it in. It is shaped like the bottom of a boat to smooth out the water flow and cut down on turbulence. The whole thing is 36" long and 8" wide. I cut the top to the shape of the bottom of the hull. I mounted it about 8" from the full keel and 8' from the transom. I also went for the 38/200.

The purpose of this transducer is not to see bottom but to see fish, Any fish finder will see bottom. They say this one will see a single 2' fish in 2000' of water 12" from the bottom. I will never know for sure because I cant go that far with my boat.

It does a great job on temp breaks at different depths and can also see jelly fish.
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I have been very pleased with my CE42. The Simrad SunView display (transflective technology) is the best I have seen. I have an open boat (no top), so my display sees plenty of direct sunlight and the display is just as easy to see with direct sunlight hitting it as it is to see in the dark!

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