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Old 01-28-2003, 05:53 PM
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I was leaning towards a garmin 2010c with the black box sounder, but Ive been exploring some other options.

What about the combination of a JRC FF50 Fishfinder and a JRC 1800 Radar/Chartplotter?

The fish finder has similar specs to a furuno 582 - same resolution and power. The rader doesnt have chart overlay, but can display both the chart on a split screen. Both units claim to be daylight viewable. I'm not sure how fast the redraw is on the chartplotter, but I can get both units for around my $3000 limit.

Daylight viewability and chart redraw are my biggest needs...radar is just a plus.

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Old 01-28-2003, 06:52 PM
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I hope they'r good. I have an 1800 to install.

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Old 01-29-2003, 05:36 AM
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JRC makes very nice equipment, you made no mistake. On the FF-50, it will knock your socks off when you see that screen lit up. It has the best brilliance and clairity, in my opnion, of all the fish finders out there. It has some other things I don't care for, but when it comes to utility the screen is awfully important in a depth finder and the JRC is hard to beat in that way.

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The JRC is one of the best and easiest electronic toys I have ever used and own.


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That's what got me thinking about JRC in the first place


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Have the JRC-1800 and couldn't be happier. Sure there are more expensive units out there but for the money this unit is great. The radar works well, the color screen is pretty good and the chartplotter is great with the C-Map charts. I'd buy it again if I had to.

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quote:Originally posted by SeaNile:
Have the JRC-1800 and couldn't be happier. Sure there are more expensive units out there but for the money this unit is great. The radar works well, the color screen is pretty good and the chartplotter is great with the C-Map charts. I'd buy it again if I had to.

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How is the chart redraw time? Also, is it difficult to see what's happening when in split screen mode? Have you had any trouble dealing with waypoints without a numeric keypad?

Thanks for your feedback. It looks like a pretty slick unit.


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I'm still figuring out the really cool features. Last year pretty much used the basic modes. Split screen in the dark wasn't an issure because of the speed. If I was going 30knts and trying to read the split screen that might be a different story. My radar worked great, but I need to adjust the attitude of the dome to get a better read. The chart plotter is pretty good. Lets you zoom in with great detail, again I used the mega zoom in dark going 8 knts making my way to the inlet. I got the GPS antenna included but for some reason the GPS positioning wasn't displayed. I used the nema (sp) and hooked it up to my Furuno GP-36 gps...still didn't communicate with the JRC. I'm sure it was my fault.
The chartplotter was great for when we hooked up on fish, you hit the "fish" button and it marks the location on the chart for you. Made it very easy to circle around and go over the same area after fighting the fish.

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Old 01-29-2003, 08:06 PM
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Like SeaNile, I picked up my JRC units and played with the basic features toward season end. I have the Plot500F along with the 1500 Radar. My only problem was that I needed to return my 500F unit and have the software (firmware?) upgraded. Reason being, I purchased the C-Map NT+ card and the unit had a tendency to lock up. JRC's Service Tech said it was due to C-map making changes to their new NT+ card. I sent the unit back and now is running 2.04 sorftware version and everything seems fine. The 2.04 version now reads WAAS as well. Besides this minor setback I'm very happy with the units and would highly recommend them. User friendly and great clarity.
I was looking at the 1800 radar but decided to keep the Chartplotter and Radar as seperate units. Reason being if one unit goes down, for whatever reason, you can still use the other to help assist in navigating (especially in the evening).
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Old 01-30-2003, 05:52 AM
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JTX,

Ive been debating whether to get a chart/radar and a fishfinder, or a chart/fishfinder and radar. For me, Ive never had radar and spend most of my time driving around with the fishfinder and chart on. There is no fog down here, so the only time I would really use the radar is to determine what's up with thunderstorms and to swordfish at night (gotta keep an eye on the frieghters that drive around on autopilot).

None of the local boatus or west marine stores have either of these units on display, that's why Im having questions about interface and chart redraw, etc...


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Old 01-30-2003, 03:42 PM
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I am in the same boat. No pun intended. Not sure weather to go radar/chartploter combo. Or charplotter, fishfinder combo. And or how beneficial the radar will be to avoid the thunderstorms we have down here in FL. Which way are you leaning and is there anyone else out there with thoughts.

I have looked at the JRC products and have heard good things. Don't appear to be much different than the Raymarine units.
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Old 01-30-2003, 04:09 PM
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Thom,

Not to get off the subject but please elaborate on the things that you do not like about the FF50 fishfinder. I have been looking at one but have never owned JRC electronics.

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Cooper,
I'm a first timer with a radar unit myself..
I picked it up for the extra sense of security on evening trips and running in fog.. It's been fine and have no problems with it...

Now thinking that your looking to use it spotting storms? I'm not sure what power radar (2kW, 4kW, etc)you would need to pick up a distant storm??
Obviously the more power the beter but don't know if a 2kW unit will do the job??

For the evening trips spotting Freighters.. There should be a guard feature that alerts you of any objects entering the guard zone? Will be playing with this feature this season..

As for the redraw-- It seems fine for me...

Sorry I couldn't be of more significant help...
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Hey Coop I have garmin 2006c and JRC 3000 radar they are geat units the 2006 is the chart/gps/fish & it can talk to the radar dont think you can go wrong with that JRC radar
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About the CP/Radar or CP/FF. I find I use the FF the most. The second most used of the three will be the CP, last will be the radar. I would not put the CP and the FF on the same screen.

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That was what I was thinking in order of use and which two to put together.


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Old 01-31-2003, 10:08 AM
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I went and checked out a jrc radar 1800 today at lunch (took a few phone calls to find someplace that had it on display). I didn't mess with it for long, but it seemed OK. The chart redraw was not as fast as the new garmin, but certainly faster than my current simrad.

Now just one question?

Is it really sunlight viewable as the factory claims, or is it a little dim? I have an open boat with only a t-top, so it needs to be able to handle that.

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Old 01-31-2003, 05:12 PM
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Maybe I wasn't looking hard enough on the JRC website. But does anyone know how long the warrenty on the JRC product is?

Pretty nice rebates going on until March 31st.
$150 Back on the 1800 and 500f.
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Old 01-31-2003, 08:27 PM
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Warranty is 2 years...

I wish I was purchasing today..The price alone is significantly slashed. I would have saved 40%-45% on my Plot500f...(7 months to soon)

I'm guessing JRC's sales are soft or their looking to unload for new models this spring???
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Just picked up the FF50 and will be installing it within the next month. Has anyone any experience with it in sunlight? My boat has a bimini top that never comes down so it won't be in full sunlight, but I'm concerned about the brightness on the screen.

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