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Old 11-17-2002, 07:08 AM
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The combo fish finder, GPS & Chart. Is this product user frendly or easy to learn for a new owner?
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Old 11-17-2002, 10:01 AM
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Furuno is not known for being user friendly,Garmin,and Raytheon are more user friendly.Most my electronics are Furuno by the way just give you a personal view.Furuno's manuals are not the best.JMO

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Old 11-17-2002, 01:18 PM
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I've got the 1850, which is the larger version of the 1650. The commands and screens are very intuative. You'll have no problem using it.

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Old 11-17-2002, 01:47 PM
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Luv the machine for a combi unit. I don't use all the features but once you get familiar with the ones you like ita a piece of cake
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Old 11-17-2002, 03:28 PM
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IMHO the 1650 / 1850 are the easiest machines on the market to use, along with the Garmin 2006 / 2010 and North$$$tar. The rest of the Garmin line lacks a full keypad, as does Raytheon units, which makes data entry slow and tedious, especially when rocking aroung in a boat.
The 1650 / 1850 are extremely intuative (earlier Furuno machines were not as friendly), just do what you want and look at the soft keys at the right side of the screen, whatever you want to do next should be designated there.
For instance, when you turn the unit on, the boat is centered in the screen, and the Lat/Long is for the boat and shown in a ribbon across the bottom of the screen. The second you touch the cursor pad, the Lat/Long now reads the cursor position and the soft keys change accordingly and one of them says Go To, the unit has responded to the cursor being activated and changed the soft keys to anticipate your needs.
The full keypad makes naming and entering waypoints much easier than scrolling through the entire alphabet like Raytheon or older garmins make you.
And the Furuno is bulletproof reliable.
Rest easy and go for it, you won't be sorry.
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Old 11-17-2002, 06:23 PM
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The Garmin 2000 series is newer technology than the Furuno 1650/1850 so the display has finer resolution and the computer is faster. Also, most folks who have seen both the Garmin Bluecharts and the Furuno/Navionics/C-Map charts prefer the Bluecharts. Finally, the display screen size on the Garmin 2010 is much larger than either of the Furuno units. On the other hand, if you want a color combo unit, by the time you add in the cost of Garmin's add-on GSD-20 fish finder module, the Furuno costs significantly less.

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Old 11-18-2002, 01:55 AM
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Been running my 1650 combo unit for about a year now and I can't say I have any real complaints. As far as chart systems, take a look at the c-map systems available for the furuno. I've had no personal experience with the blue charts but from what I've read on other posts, sounds like the c-map and blue charts are comparable. I've found the c-map system I'm using for my area has all the info. I'll ever need.

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Old 11-18-2002, 05:33 AM
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Thanks everyone,
The 1650 combo is what I'm going with. Just seems better to have everything togather. Having it put in the electronics box in the T-top.
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Old 11-18-2002, 06:44 AM
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Just a tip thats not in the book.
On the plot main page scroll down with cursor
button to hi lite border around figures then
press "ENTER".
it will enlarge what you hi lited.
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Old 11-18-2002, 09:33 AM
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Polebender, of course you should get what appeals to you and Furuno is a name that will never let you down, but let me warn you about this. Find a place where you can get a look at the 1650 on a birght day, and better yet, a hot bright day. It might change your mind about buying one. Of course if you're going to be putting it up in an Electronics box, which I would not do, then you may be perfectly happy with the model.

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Old 11-18-2002, 01:39 PM
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Thom,
Why would'nt ya use the electronics box on the T-Top? Did I screw up?
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Old 11-18-2002, 02:41 PM
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I like boxes for some things, radios for instance. But for things that you tend to fool with a lot, like a GPS, they are not such a great place to mount stuff. Typically you are to close up under them to see into them really well and reaching up at arm's length on a bouncing boat isn't the easiest thing to do. For those reasons I like a GPS right there in front of you, where if you keep it in course up mode it shows the same picture you should be seeing. Much easier to steady yourself when doing stuff with it too. Take a look at Birdman's mounting of electronics to see a really nice job, as an example.

What's more important to me is t he screen blacking out on you. For all their great qualities some of the older Furuno models do lack good screens. Get them hot and they go black. Of course all LCD's do, but the very worst I've ever seen about it was a 1650. By the way, when it comes to poor screens, no one seems to have got it much worse than Navman. Interestingly enough the best seem to be from JRC and Simrad these days, and of course Raytheon has come miles and miles.

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Thanks Thom,
It's too late now, so I'll try it for awhile till I need a neck brace. It'll take awhile cause I'm pretty hardheaded [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_redface.gif[/img] I was hoping putting up there would mitigate the screen problems.
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Old 11-19-2002, 06:07 PM
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I have 2 chartplotters on my boat. A Standard Horizon 170 and a Furuno 1850 DF. (got the Standard right after the price drop, and got the Furuno after a store closed out at a Reducilous price).
Garmin has done a wonderful job of distributing charts that drove the prices down on both C-MAP NT and navionics charts. For that I am etarnally grateful. But not so much as to waste my money on them.
The 2006 is Vastly overpriced compred to Either of them, and the screen is not as good as the Standard in the sun. The Depthfinder ability of the Garmin products lacks the development of the Furuno line (Either the 667 or the 1650/1850) and is a ways from being the product that the Furuno line is. But they did help us all by being a market force that drove prices down.

As to usability, I do that for a living. And the Standard and the Furuno 1850 are BOTH infinately usable products. Fast to use and understand, more so then many others.
As to bluecharts? They are a great way to leverage Navionics and C-MAP NT to drop prices and improve their products. When you have 2 guys in the arena, there is not a lot of move to improve. The 3rd did drive them to do better.

I like competition. It worked for me.

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Old 11-23-2002, 11:12 AM
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I have mine in the Ttop box-I jus lean bacn a little & look up. Its great while drift fishing-sit in stern and watch the FF. Also good reverse stretch for the neck(my chiropractor likes it) since I'm staring down at the notebook on my desk all day. Polarized glare is minimized-just let glasses slide down the beak a little and look over the glasses.

PS I couldn't mount it in dash so this was next best thing
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in my previous post i said to push "enter"
I was wrong.....Press "ZOOM"
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Old 03-04-2003, 05:38 PM
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Decided on the 1650WF for a small boat application. The Furuno FF cant be beat and I now have to decide between Cmap and Navionics. Local dealer is saying Cmap is selling 3 to 1 but when he tried to burn a card it froze. Anyone else using the 1650 and which card do you prefer.

I liked the idea of cmap locals including inland lakes but if they cant burn a card I guess navionics is a better choice.
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Old 03-04-2003, 06:59 PM
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I was torn between the 1850WF, and the JRC 500F. Ended up with the JRC if for no other reason than the split screen on the Furuno. I found the sounder too small and pretty much usless. I think it would be a great machine if there was someway to reduce the size of the chart and increase the size of the sounder, but unfortunatly there is not.

Good luck, I still think the sounder on the 1850 is far better than anything else out there in it's class and price range.
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Old 03-06-2003, 04:55 AM
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After feading your post I looked up the specs on the JRC and and noted that the screen size 3.75 x 5.25 is the same as the Furuno 1850.

Are you saying that the JRC allows you to have more control over the proportion of split screen vs the Furuno?

I was watching a demo of the 1850wf and I thought I saw quite a few different proportional setups but I could be wrong.

Since I mostly fish I think I still have to go with the furuno because of its superior sounder
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