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Old 06-01-2003, 04:53 PM
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I have always been a Lowrance man, but now that my x75 has just bit the dust, I must replace it. I think I will go with the x88 but want everyones opinion on what to buy and from where. How are the cheaper Raymarines? Thanks
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Old 06-02-2003, 11:08 AM
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Stay away from the Raymarine L265 and L365. I owned a 265 for three years, it worked intermittenly, read 1000' when running any faster than troll speed (even after moving the transducer twice), and finally crapped out when I was running a sandbar looking for cobia (just when I really needed it). I carefully removed it from my boat whenever it wasn't going into the water and kept it my house. Even when it was working properly it was more of a toy than a useful piece of electronics. I'm replacing it with a Hummingbird Legend 1000. I am very disappointed with Raytheon products......
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Old 06-02-2003, 12:55 PM
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Hmmmmmmm very long rope with 2 lb weight, with rope marked in 10 foot increments . . . Hmmmmmmm something tells me that this is not the answer that you were looking for Hmmmmmmm

If you fish a lot maybe you could raise your budget to $400 . . . lots of top quality machines in the $300 to $400 range if not cruising the canyons

Maybeeeeeeee you could tell us what you fish and where then you would get more appropriate answer to your question . . . just thinking

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Old 06-03-2003, 10:10 AM
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Captbone...

I am a Lowrance dealer and can get you an X87 w/ transom transducer for $279.99 + $10.95 shipping. Its the best for under $300 and I handle all brands.

Alan...239-936-6463 or email at [email protected]
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Old 06-03-2003, 01:35 PM
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I don't like the Ray L265 and L365 either. Never worked well for my application.

I have a Garmin 160 Blue and it gives me fits as well. Search the FS forum and there are lots of comments about problems with this one.

But there is a new and better choice. Furuno 4100. A smaller screen version of the 6100. Only costs about $240 with a transom mount transducer with speed and temp.

I also like most Lowrance and Eagle units. That little 192khz skimmer transducer works really well at speed. Just don't find as many of these in saltwater as Furuno or Ray Marine.
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Old 06-04-2003, 06:55 PM
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I have seen the 6100 Furuno but never the 4100, That sounds interesting. If not that then I will have to go with the x87 from lowrance. I do like that offer Alan, and I do like that price. Thanks
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Old 06-06-2003, 09:06 AM
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Take a look at the Eagle 320 DF, $240 at Cabelas or Basspro.
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Old 06-07-2003, 06:53 PM
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LS6100! Contrary to the opinions of others on this board, it is the best mono fish finder out there. I currently have an LS6000 and it's performed very well. In fact Powerboat Reports just performed a test on mono units and the LS5100 came in first followed by the Garmin 240.
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Old 06-08-2003, 02:15 PM
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I'm surprised at the comments about the Raytheon / Apelco 265 / 365 units. I have one and it works pretty good. Good stable bottom lock at depths to about 600' when trolling (about 250' when running). Decent visibility and night lighting. No crosstalk with my other 192kHz Lowrance. I did have an issue with the o-ring plugs for power and transducer, but some teflon based grease right off the bat took care of that.

The only issue I have with mine is the thumb button release on the base no longer releases.
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Old 06-08-2003, 02:47 PM
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Garmin 240 Blue
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