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Old 05-12-2008, 01:41 PM
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I'm considering replacing my electronics at some point in the next year. However, I'm going to have the boat hauled for some yard work next week and would like to go ahead and replace the ducer while its in the yard. It's a 40' sportfish currently with a Furuno sonar unit. I will most likely replace the Furuno unit with the new Garmin 5212. I spend a lot of my time bottom fishing in around 100' but also plan to do some blue water trolling in 1,000' +. I don't need to be able to see fish on the bottom at those depths but I would like to monitor the depth changes. Should I get a specific ducer from Airmar or would one of the Garmin ducers (probably made by Airmar) be a better choice? Do I need to spend the money on a 1kw or 2kw or are there less expensive alternatives that will work for my application? Thanks!
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I fish mostly offshore with a little inshore mixed in. I am using the Raymarine 600X. It puts out 500 watts. I'm using an airmar B-164 tilted element 1KW transducer. I plan on going to a fishfinder that is a 1KW type because I fished on a friends boat with a 1KW sounder and the difference was significant. If you are going with the Garmin 5212 (awesome unit) and their black box sounder (GSD 22) then I would recommend going with a 1KW transducer. That way you will get a lot out of that unit and not get too deep in the hole price wise. On Airmar's web site

http://www.airmartechnology.com/airm...inkID=0&NewID=

they list which transducers are compatible with each companies sounders.





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We just installed 2 5212's and a 2KW ducer in a 38 Jupiter and it works great. The higher power ducer's sometimes dont work as well in shallow water to dual transducers is a great back up plan. The Garmin transducer will not interchange with the Furuno so keep that in mind.
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Thank you for the responses. Is there a difference between the Airmar 1kw and the Garmin 1kw? Would the Airmar work with both the Garmin and the Furuno?

If the ducer will not interchange between the two units I will either need to forget about it for a while or pull the trigger on new electronics immediately.
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I don't know the answers to those questions but somebody on here will.
Old 05-13-2008, 08:11 AM
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The Garmin 1kw is an Airmar unit - B164 or B60 with the Garmin plug on it; sme unit, but different plugs for Furuno and Raymarine too. I have the Garmin GSD 22 on my 3205 and I like it; won't say it is a good as my Furuno DFF1, but in less than 100' of water it works great.

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