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Old 01-22-2003, 09:56 AM
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Looking for opinions on this unit and it's rather large xducer.I am in the process of ordering a 2850 bluewater.I will be using the boat 50/50 diving and fishing,maybe some deep dropping in the bahamas. I know the 582 gets rave reviews from almost everyone on this board and was my 1st choice.Just starting to think the 1100 would have much better resolution for the deep dropping but may be too much power for looking at bottom in 100 feet or less for diving.Also thinking of hooking this up with garman 2010c and simrad ap11 auto pilot.Will these units interface? Thanks in advance for any and help.
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Old 01-22-2003, 10:27 AM
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I can't comment on the unit but I can comment on two things you said in your post. The first is the ability to interface the several things you want to talk to each other - yes you can do it and its not at all hard to do. The second thing you mentined was the concern about power (what is it, 1 kW with that unit?). I don't know why this seems to concern people, but it does. Don't worry about having to much power, that's never going to be a problem for you, its not having enough power thats the usual problem. You can always turn the gain down (which actually decreases the receive side sensitivity, it does not reduce power output) if you need to. Also, and I'm not real sure about this, but go to the Furuno site and see if they have the Owner's Manual for the 1100 on there in PDF format. If the do take a look at it and look real hard at the setup menus. See if there just might be a little blurb on the power setting, maybe having a high and low setting. If it is in there I can guarantee you that they won't tell you much of anyting about it, but if its there it does tell you that you have the option to used reduced power output if you choose to - though I know of no reason why you would want to.

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Old 01-22-2003, 10:55 AM
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If you try pumping 1kw out in shallow water you will get saturation and very poor returns. Turning down the gain will reduce the sensitivity and you will miss targets.
Many units in this class sounder do have a power reduction. One of the boats I fish on has a Simrad EQ42 that automactically reduces 1000 watts down to 500, then 100, then to 10 when in less then 25'.
The power increases as the depth does. You can also overide it and force the power you want. (as well as the pulse length) I would assume (but you better check) that the Furuno does the same. Both of these machines are found on many commercial fishing boats so I wouldn't hesitate using either.
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Old 01-22-2003, 12:35 PM
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I looked at this unit last year along with the simrad eq42. They are both about the same price. I think the simrad has an edge over the furuno because of the combi transducer that is made by simrad. The furuno uses an airmar ducer. I have been using it for 1 season and couldn't be more happier with it. I use it in the auto power mode and when I was in 250ft, it was only using 100 watts of power. They say it will see a single 2ft fish in 1500 ft of water 2ft off the bottom. I wont find out for sure untill I get a larger boat and run to the canyons.
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Guys thanks for the info.Going to miami boat show next month will check out the simrad eq42 then.Thom,was unable to down load complete manual on furuno website .Looks like unit power is either 1,2 or 3kw depending xducer selected.Freq.appears to be user adjustable,also based on xducer. Guess I'll just spend some time with the furuno guys at the boatshow.
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I got this unit and after the first season of use, can say it is a great unit. It does have power reduction and also PRR reduction for shallow water operation. I would also recommend the high speed fairing though exp. is worth every penny! I was going to get the 292 but the noise rejection adjustments are better as is the size and the new TFT screens though still not as good as crt, is good enough in this application IMO. The only thing is the FCV1100 will not support a repeater so you can not have one in a bridge for example. You need to go to the 1200 which is a lot more $$.
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Old 01-23-2003, 05:57 AM
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What x ducer are you using with this unit? What boat are you running it in.I am going to install it in a 28 ft Bluewater center console (no tower) that is going to live on a trailer.Do you think I will have any problems as far x ducer and trailer? Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-23-2003, 05:17 PM
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Hi Smoothie,

I have a Duffy 35 and they told me the 525HDT transducer was the best but, they have a new(R99) that I would check out as I would not scrimp on the transducer. IT is a big unit but with the high speed fairing, drag would be reduced greatly. It would depend on the trailer you are using as any transducer could cause trouble so this one would be the same as its does not hang down much more. It is however long(at least 22") and a little wider than most with the fairing but, airmar offers an inhull (R199)http://www.airmar.com/whatsnewmarine/whatsm_index.html that is supposed to equal the performance but it is also large so you would have to have the room to install.
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Have you considered the GP1900C? It has the same screen as the FCV1100. I'm using one with the BBFF1, and 1KW TH transducer, on a 28' center console. I don't see the need for more than 1KW for recreational fishing, and if you add up the prices, it was less expensive than having numerous displays. Not to mention a clean look. I don't use the splitscreen feature that often, but it is more than adequate. You'll find good prices at the Miami show, Furuno gives an extra 5% off. Check out the Langer-Krell booth, I bought my unit from them, good customer service, no problems, no last minute surprises. Good luck with your new boat!

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at the miami show, simrad should be releasing the 44 series electronics...should be much faster than the eq42.


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Vinny,thanks for the info.I may have to rethink this unit.Had no idea xducer was that big.May be more then I want hanging under 28 ft. rig.Endoman just checked out the GP1900c on furuno's site looks like a sweet unit although trying to stay away from combination units.I agree 1k watts is most likely plenty of power for my intended use.I'll check it out at the show as well as the Simrad 42,44 series.Cooper thanks.How are you liken that Bluewater.Saw it at the Ft.laud show.Sweet rig! Hope paul and co.got all the drewel (sp.) off her.
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