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Old 12-06-2002, 05:15 PM
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Am thinking of purchasing this unit, I already use c-map so I would stay with that format. How's ease of use, operation, installation and why does the little mushroom antenna have a whip antenna affixed to it? Marketing poop says now with 12 channels so it should be accurate. How is fish finder unit?

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Old 12-06-2002, 08:13 PM
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[img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]I HAVE A 1650DF AND I LOVE IT. IT'S ON A 19' SEA OX ,A VERY WET BOAT!!!
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Fished on friend's boat this past fall that had 1850 on it, unit was strong,picked up satellites quickly and never dropped, easy as pie to operate, fish finder worked well for this size unit, was paired I believe with 600 watt transducer. My opinion is it's a great unit for the money, also with Furuno you're going with a stand behind their product name.
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I'm running an 1850DF C-Map unit with 600 watt thru hull temp & speed transducer on a 2140 Robalo. Installed it late in the season and very satisfied with the GPS/plotter. My one compalint with the GPS/Plotter is the boat is pictured as an small "x" on the screen and is very hard to see. Furuno says no way to make it more visiible except, "try changing the screen background to black and see if that works". I don't want to change the screen background to black and the "see if that works" was a very dissapointing answer. I had heard Furuno tech support was amoung the best, that's one of the reasons I went Furuno. Well, they are failing at being the best. If I were to do it again I would give the Garmin 2006 or 2010 a serious look. The Garmin color screen looks exactly like a chart map. I also run a Magellan Nav 6000 with great success and satisfaction.

The depth sounder is another story. It will not run on automatic (too much garbage). I have to manually adjust the gain for effective bottom reading which I lose when underway. Have yet to get continuous bottom reading when underway. This may be a learning curve but I don't think so. When I talk to Furuno they have no answer. When I talk to local experts they all say one must use the manual gain controls for effective bottom reading. I have yet to see fish, etc on the unit. Somewhat disappointing for a unit in this price range and purported Furuno quality.

The color is great, readable in sunlight and easily adjustable. I had a non-color Furuno and changed to this because the non-color was too hard (nearly impossible) to see in sunlight.

Overall, I believe the Furuno is overpriced and over rated. Their tech support is poor at best in my experience with four calls to them. In fact on one call the tech was not familiar with the 1850 and had to get a unit, set it up and play with it while I waited on the line at my expense.

Sorry to sound negative but my dollars are hard earned and I am not happy when I waste them.

An above response mentions an antenna with a whip for the 1850DF. Mine came not with that antenna but with a good sized mushroom (no whip) and mount that works very well.

If anyone has any suggestions for me to get better performance from my 1850 I would really appreciate hearing from you. I'm sure it is capable of better performance and I am willing to try all your ideas.

Good luck and buy wisely.

"Snow Goose", John Jensen

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Old 12-07-2002, 06:21 PM
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I have the 1850DF on a 2680 glacier bay and its been great. I have no trouble seeing my position on screen as was stated previously. The mushroom antenna is mounted on the hardtop and its never lost the signal. I called tech support once with question on trip mileage accumulator. They told me to send it back in for software update and they did this at no charge and I was out of warrentee. So for me the unit has been great for the last 3 years.
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thanks for all the responses! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

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Old 12-09-2002, 06:23 AM
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I have an 1850-DF and the only grump I have is that some of the screen combinations are not really all that useful.

Next time I am going with two separate units.
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