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Old 01-12-2003, 01:11 PM
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Just purchased a new boat and I want to upgrade the fishfinder. Currently the boat has a Lowrance LMS-350a. Boat will be used for salmon trolling in Lake Michigan at depths no greater than 700'. Also, the boat has a keel, so I don't think a thru hull transducer is going to work. Would I better off spending the money on a chartplotter? Currently the LMS-350a is my only source of GPS also.

With that said, what are your opinions of the best unit for $600? I really like the Furuno 600, but it is out of the price range. I've taken a look at the RayMarine L470, Garmin 240 Blue among others. My previous boat had a Lowrance X-85 (single frequency), so that is what I am used to fishing with.

How much benefit am I going to get w/ dual frequency when I primarily fish in less than 300' of water? Thanks so much for the help.
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furuno fcv660 should be close.
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Old 01-12-2003, 03:03 PM
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Furuno LS6100, and you'll come close to enough money left in your pocket for a GPSMap-76 too if you do it just right.

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Old 01-12-2003, 04:29 PM
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I have a Raytheon L750 w/o transducer that I will sell you at a reasonable price. Unit worked very well, but I needed more power.
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Old 01-12-2003, 08:06 PM
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Default Best Fishfinder for $600 or less complete...

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Try Consumers Marine for the Furuno 600. I priced it at the NY show and I thought it was under $600 without the ducer which is well under 100 bucks.
Call and make sure they give you the "boat show price" not the regular price.
You will probably go over $600.00, but not by much.

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Old 01-13-2003, 02:05 AM
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Trust me the Furuno 600L is worth a lil extra, a color sounder is the best. If you have never had one you will never go back to a gray scale...Good luck..
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Old 01-13-2003, 06:33 AM
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Default Best Fishfinder for $600 or less complete...

Also saw somebody selling a brand new Raytheon L750 on the GLangler.com swap board. I've used the Raytheon 750 and you would be happy with it. Also I might suggest you look at the bottemline units. They are very popular on the great lakes and you can get refurbished units at captngarys.com for less than half of new and certianly in your price range.
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Default Best Fishfinder for $600 or less complete...

I have and love the L470. I'm not a huge fisherman, but it works great for me, nothing to complain about. Many others have complained about it though, so.... ?? I will say this though, get a thru hull ducer.


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Is the 750 you have color?

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Old 05-14-2004, 09:33 PM
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bird the 750 is mono, the 755 is color.

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Old 05-15-2004, 05:06 PM
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Thom - 1/12/2003 3:03 PM
Furuno LS6100, and you'll come close to enough money left in your pocket for a GPSMap-76 too if you do it just right.
Just be aware that if you ever go into shallow water, that somewhere between 10 and 15 feet that unit will lose its mind.

If you really want one, as soon as I can come up with the money for a RayMarine, mine will be up for sale.

Now that I have badmounthed the 6100, I will also admit that if you never fish shallow water(always greater than 20 feet), there may not be any thing on the market for the price that will come close to the 6100 in a monochrome unit.
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Old 05-16-2004, 08:26 AM
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In my view you won't find anything that remotely compares with the LMS350A for $600. If you spend the $600. on your wife she will let you spend more time fishing and you will soon learn why the LMS350A is still the most popular unit in use on Lake Michigan. Now go do the right thing and both you and your wife will be happy you did!!
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All you guys that are having problems with either the Furuno 6100 or the 600L in shallow water should take a good look at the installation of your transducer, or learn how to operate the machine in manual mode. The 600L is a great color machine, and has no problem working in depths as shallow as three feet.
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Old 05-17-2004, 12:14 PM
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Garmin 320c is now under $600 with dual frequency transducer on the web.....so it should be one of those you consider.
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Old 05-21-2004, 07:23 AM
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i just bought the Lowrance x105cdf w/transducer for 497.75 incl tax and del. i havn't installed it yet but its ..........COLOR.man am i happy .i got delivery overnight i used www.youreq.com so far so good
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Old 05-21-2004, 07:39 AM
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Check out Si-Tex. I have put the CVS-106L on a new boat. It is a dual frequency color sounder with transom mount transducer. It will mark bottom running at speeds up 35-40 mph and marks well in 2' - 250' of water, but is rated to 1200', I believe. The sounder ran about $600.00 through Consumer MArine Electronics. Si-Tex also has a companion Chartplotter that will run about $750.00 +/-. I really like the sounder and have been pleased with all of the features that I have had the need to use at this time. It comes with speed, temp and can be patched into a GPS/Chartplotter. Many, many features on the sounder.
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