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Old 01-08-2004, 05:31 AM
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(I currently have a Furuno 1610 GPS/Sounder and really like the fishfinder but don't like the GPS unit with it VERY slow refresh rate, etc. and this older color unit's display washes out in bright sunlight)

I'm looking for feedback on a Garmin 2010C with GSD20 sounder. In particular how you like the sounder/fishfinder and how it performs for you. I really like the Garmin GPS units w/Bluecharts and find them very easy to use, but I don't have any experience with Garmin sounders.


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Old 01-08-2004, 05:45 AM
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I have used Garmin units on all my boats-from the GPS230,2006, and now the 2010C. Never had any problem and I love the large display on the 2010. I do not have any experience with the sounder module, since I prefer a separate unit.
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I have the 2010C with the GSD20 sounder and the Airmar Tri-ducer with Airmar's faring block. Cannot say enough about what a great setup this is, very clear sharp bottom image, marks fish great even underway tracks the bottom real well. Also like having the chart right next to the sounder, you can mark fish and see right away were you are on the chart, no looking at one machine and then looking at the other.

The only down side is if you are a knob turner kind of person then you may not like this as it is more of arrow key gain setting etc. But the auto feature really works well.
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Is Airmar and aftermarket product?

It sounds like you're using a thru-hull transducer but what is the difference between Airmar and Garmin transducer?

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Fishing Rod- AIRMAR makes a very large percentage of all transducers including the OEM units supplied by companies like GARMIN. There are only a few companies that make their own.

About the 2010C- If you have a FURUNO now, I am convinced that you would be disappointed looking at the undersea world through the GSD 20. They are just not as good right now. If you do a search under "2010C" you will find a lot of wide ranging opinions on the performance of the GSD 20 module. I have them both on my boat, so I see them side by side all the time looking at the EXACT SAME piece of bottom.

Get a less expensive GARMIN that will interface to your 1650. You will be happier, have superior chartplotting than what you have now, add redundancy and have some $$ for something else!


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How can a Furuno and Garmin interface??????

My main reason for posting about the GSD20 is on whether it's worth the cost, or simply keep my current Furuno as my depthfinder (plus, backup GPS) and ad the Garmin as my main chartplotter GPS. I have been reading about how you can upgrade the screen to be more visible in bright sunlight and that might be an option if I don't get the sounder for the Garmin GPS unit. But yes I agree with you that I don't want to spend more money on a depthfinder & transducer that'll I won't be happy with.

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quote:Originally posted by Fishing-Rod:
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How can a Furuno and Garmin interface??????

Thanks, Fishing-Rod

It would be a rather limited interface, but some things could be done. You would never be able to interface a FURUNO radar unit if you had one to the GARMIN. But by making the necessary hard connections and knowing what sentences needed to be sent to the GARMIN, you could display depth from the FF to the GARMIN.That's one example. You could then save that waypoint along with depth data. One drawback I do recall is that saving waypoints could only be done on one unit, not both.

I explored this possibilty almost 2 years ago with both GARMIN and FURUNO Support. I have some notes I took during the lengthy and informative phone call that were made. I have to see if I can find my notes to explain some of the possibilities.


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