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Old 05-23-2008, 05:36 AM
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Recently my old Garmin 250 transducer crapped out on me and I decided it is not worth it to just rplace the transducer. I'm torn between getting a quality black/white unit like the Furuno LS6100 or getting a cheaper color unit like the Eagle Seafinder 640C. The Raymarine DS500X seemed like a great choice but there seems to be too many fogging issues. I fish in saltwater but only in 100ft or less. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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I would look at the Lowrance X510C 5" color screen with great resolution at 480x480. For about 100 more you could go with the LMS520C that is also GPS with the LGC3000 receiver. Dont know if GPS is a concern, but for 100$ more a great fearure. In my opinion Lowrance has the market in FF/GPS in the less then 500 class and less then 1000 class.
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There is a Furuno 600L in the classifieds here for $225, head unit only. Add a ducer from airmar @ about $89 and a power cable @ $38 and mounting bracket @ $25 plus a couple of knobs @ $15 + shipping, and you're where you want to be.

The accessory prices are straight from the Furuno website and with a little shopping, you could probably beat that.
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Great looking Cape Horn. I'm likely to get a CH 19 in a few years. Is the 200 Suzy a good match? I had heard the Suzy 175 was a good match also.
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capt_dalton - 5/23/2008 11:30 AM

There is a Furuno 600L in the classifieds here for $225, head unit only. Add a ducer from airmar @ about $89 and a power cable @ $38 and mounting bracket @ $25 plus a couple of knobs @ $15 + shipping, and you're where you want to be.

The accessory prices are straight from the Furuno website and with a little shopping, you could probably beat that.
yup what he said. The furuno 600L is a great machine. Look around if this on is sold already I have seen them around for $400 complete.

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I had the FCV600L - Performs well marking structure and fish when dialed in manually. Quality piece of hardware.









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talquin - 5/24/2008 3:51 AM

Great looking Cape Horn. I'm likely to get a CH 19 in a few years. Is the 200 Suzy a good match? I had heard the Suzy 175 was a good match also.
Best wishes
I have been pleased thus far with it, considering it is now going on eight years old. Not great on fuel, around 1.75 nmpg, but not bad either. It's the old two stroke EFI engine. Gets the boat up to 41 knots, which is usually enough to get everyone looking for something to hold on to.

I had a friend out in it this past weekend who just recently bought a 19 with a 150 Johnson on it. I open her up on the way back to the dock, not really thinking about it. He said, "Dang man, you're making me feel like I just bought a dog...". Apparently, the 150 doesn't push one quite as well.


When/if it ever fails me I will be looking into a 175 four stroke Zuke. Until then, if it ain't broke, don't break it.
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Great boats and looks like the same for the 200 Suzuki. Best wishes and be careful ---

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