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Old 12-22-2003, 04:22 PM
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I am looking to get a color sounder for my boat
and was all set to go with the Furuno 600L but started looking at the new Raymarine HDFI units'
the L770D to be exact. My question is do you feel that it is worth going for the extra money
when most of my boating is really bay and inshore fishing. I have seen lots of posts on the Furuno and all were good, does anyone have
any opinion on the Raymarine units. Thanks
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Old 12-22-2003, 06:12 PM
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No problem to see the L770 in bright sunlight, the 640 x 480 VGA display is great.

The DSM 250 is fantastic. Mine feeds the L770 and a L760.

Never have seen a Furuno 600L in action.

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Old 12-22-2003, 08:00 PM
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Why do you have a DSM 250 feeding an L770? The L770 already has the HDFI built in.

I think if I had all three units, I'd have had the DSM250 feed the L760 and a separate ducer for the L770. You'd have redundancy in both finders and ducers.

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Old 12-23-2003, 07:24 AM
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Harry,

Unless I'm mistaken (very possible) the only difference between the L760 & L770D is that the L770D comes packaged with the DSM 250. I think the L770 still requires the DSM 250 to get HDFI.

I think it's just the way they package the system. This gives you the option of purchasing a value pack (with the DSM 250) and choosing a 2nd display (L760) to use with the DSM 250 to get HDFI. If you did not purchase the value pack and wanted HDFI you would go for L770D package that includes the DSM250.

You still need a transducer with either unit.
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Old 12-23-2003, 10:26 PM
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The 770 does not have the socket or the circuitry to plug in a transducer, the supplied DSM must be used. The 760 with HSB2 (no longer in production) would. I added a DSM250 last spring for the 760, just needed to run a HSB cable from the 760 to the 770 for sounding and the same for a Seatalk cable for the GPS.

If the DSM conks out I can unplug the transducer from it and back in to the 760 and still have one sounder, still use the 770 as chartplotter. Did keep the new DSM as a spare, just not onboard.

BTW, the 770 package is about $600 less than a 760 + DSM was, except no transducer is included (600w P-66 transom mount appx $115 at CME, add for 1,000 watt or thruhull).

Very happy with this setup so far.

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Old 12-29-2003, 06:22 AM
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Capt Ahab,

Can you comment on the performance of the L760 before and after the installation of the DSM250?

What type of transducer do you have? I am particularly interested in the transom mount P66 with and without the DSM250.

Thanks,

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East Coast...you're right, I misread the advertising.

Ahab...Raymarine's website still shows the 760 in production.

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East Coast...you're right, I misread the advertising.

Ahab...Raymarine's website still shows the 760 in production.

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Old 12-29-2003, 08:33 PM
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East Coast,

Huge difference in favor of the DSM250. The pictures on Raymarine's site or brochures are accurate. Easier to use as the auto modes work very well, more features as well. Download the manuals for the DSM250 and a straight L760 to compare.

Have only 3 or so hours with the P66 (replaced a P65) and am happy with it. Maybe a little better performance than the P65, but keeps a solid reading bottom about 5+ mph higher than the P65. I was looking for 40 mph vs the 34 before and got it.

Harry,

A Raymarine techie gave me the info on the L760 production - don't know which is right! I guess checking with CME or another dealer would confirm current availability.

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Horsefly,
I've got a Furuno FCV667. I think it's got a little less power than the Furuno model you're looking at and I'm going to say it's probably way too much for what you need. Eventhough my 667 reads only to 550 feet for whatever reason despite being advertised at being able to read down to 1000 feet, I doubt the area you're fishing in (bay and inshore) ever gets that deep. Can't say a whole lot for the 600L except from what I've heard which is that it's a great unit. I don't think you'd be disappointed in it. My 667 is awesome at reading the bottom and for costing less than a grand I'm pretty pleased with it. Definition and accuracy or really good. Don't know a whole lot about Raymarine products but don't think they'd be any worse than Furuno's. Basically, if you don't mind spending the money, then you're probably going to be happy with whatever you purchase.
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You can still buy the L760, but I'd bet the production has stopped long ago. I'm sure there is tons of stock out there yet to be sold though....

That's because a "little birdy" has informed me, Raymarine is about to release an entire new line of Fishifinders, Chartplotters, Combos, landscape style screens, radar...

LOTS of new stuff with WAY COOL features on the way. Keep watching...

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Old 01-05-2004, 02:27 PM
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Birdman:

Any tentative release dates? (not specific -- just by quarter would be fine) I'm looking to purchase all new Raymarine stuff this spring.

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Woe Birdy!

Landscape is back? I need it. How soon? If they have a 10" landscape I can get a single display and not have to fabricate starboard to accomodate the portrait screens. I would love to drop in a 10" right over my existing 620+.

How's about some more details?
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LOL!! I knew that would happen!!

Well, sorry, that's about all the info I have. It came from a casual conversation with tech support this morning, the guy probably wasn't supposed to be telling me it, and I'm DEAD positive I probably shouldn't be spouting it all about around here, but hey, this is, THE HULL TRUTH!!


Dates: Available for this coming season, probably released at Miami Boat show.

Products: "Lots of stuff". New consumer stuff, landscape sreens that will blow us away (high resolution), three entirely complete new lines of digital high resolutioin fishfinders, small to large (Which interests me, can replace the L470 with digital color unit same size...). New GPS units/radar units....

BUT, please, PLEASE, PLEASE, don't tell anyone I told ya!!

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