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Furuno FCV600L vs. LS6100

Old 03-25-2003, 01:04 PM
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Default Furuno FCV600L vs. LS6100

I am considering both units. I have good prices on both units, but the difference is about $360 more for the color unit.

Is the color worth it?

I fish the Chesapeake bay 8' to 120'

My previous finder was a color H -Bird CVR100 that is now over 12 years old. I liked the color, but will I miss it if it is gone??

Opinions are welcome,

Thank you .

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Old 03-25-2003, 02:00 PM
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Default Furuno FCV600L vs. LS6100

I just bought the LS6100 for my boat because I have trouble seeing the color screen on my Furuno 1650 GPS and I figured the fishfinder would be just as bad so I might as well save my money. I know this doesn't help much, but it is so rare that I have any pertinent information to share that I just couldn't resist replying.
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Default Furuno FCV600L vs. LS6100

I just purchased the 600l color screen and after years of the monochrome I love it. I have not used it enough to say whether it makes a difference or not but I do like the detail.
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Default Furuno FCV600L vs. LS6100

Check out the following spec pages for each machine.

6100
http://furuno.com/Furuno/Rooms/DisplayPages/LayoutInitial?Container=com.webridge.entity.Entity[OID[475CFACE7BB0E04AA612D36938BC9972]]&Product=com.webridge.entity.Entity[OID[DBB7EC1E550F7648AA57177E9F8855B0]]&ProductCategory=com.webridge.entity.Entity[OID[8D03242A253FDB42AD98872143116F7B]]&Tab=com.webridge.entity.Entity[OID[D6C7DF459805F54F8E175DF71B2045F9]]

http://furuno.com/Furuno/Rooms/DisplayPages/LayoutInitial?Container=com.webridge.entity.Entity[OID[C16776563972C54E8FAB028E8315190E]]&Product=com.webridge.entity.Entity[OID[53DF96F6A9056D48862155F955D17BE7]]&ProductCategory=com.webridge.entity.Entity[OID[8D03242A253FDB42AD98872143116F7B]]&Tab=com.webridge.entity.Entity[OID[D6C7DF459805F54F8E175DF71B2045F9]]

When I compared screens side by sie in a store I found the 6100 screen to be much harder to see than the 600.

IMHO the 600l is a superior machine and worth the difference in price (of course the 582L is even better but a lot more $)
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Default Furuno FCV600L vs. LS6100

Rob,
The color unit has the ability to give you more "visual" info unless you are color blind. Once you learn how to use the unit, shades of color can tell you lots. If the $s not aproblem, go with the color unit.
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Default Furuno FCV600L vs. LS6100

I went the same route as you and what i found out was.If you are going to use it for fishing, go with the color 600l.If you want just a depth finder the 6100 is a great unit.
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Default Furuno FCV600L vs. LS6100

Thanks for all of your help! I opted for color 600L - Cannot wait to install and use it.

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How is the Furuno 600 on shallow depths? Is it "too sensitive" to give you a warning when the water levels drop to a few feet, as they do often in Chesapeake Bay?
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I just finished the install yesterday - Will put boat in water in two weeks to test out - Hope to get a lot of BIG MARKS!

Thanks again for the input.

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Default Furuno FCV600L vs. LS6100

Do any of you color guys use your machines in an open boat with no top? Can you see the display well in bright daylight?
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furuno changed their screens for 2003 so they are completely visible in direct sun. I bought an 1850 wdf and can see it fine with the sun directly on it. It's not that it's any brighter than last year's , it just doesn't wash out. I was in Florida all last week using a 1650 and it was a beautiful thing.
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quote:Originally posted by Nwriter:
How is the Furuno 600 on shallow depths?

Don't know on that unit but guys on the FL Sportsman forums can't get readings when around 3-4 under the transducer on the LS6100 unit. Furuno told me there algorithm won't read to 2-3' feet anyway and they never tested it in shallow water anyway .

That said, I will say that Power Boats Reports rates the LS6100 the #1 depth machine in the $400 and less range and it truly is a remarkable deep water unit.

I wish I had the need for one, but I require true shallow water readings. Don't flame me ... I'm on a NE tidal estuary and you CAN'T see the bottom unless it's 12 noon, less than 2' deep, and the sun is shining bright !

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My 600L will read to 1.5 feet before blanking out. That's just putting along slowly. Not sure what it would do if running on plane.... and don't want to find out.

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you should be able to see the bottom or use a freakin stick in 3 ft or less!.....my 600 will track bottom all day long in 2 and 3 ft of water.....
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quote:Originally posted by nodoubt:
... you should be able to see the bottom or use a freakin stick in 3 ft or less ...

Give me a break ... did you READ my post? One CAN'T see the bottom, as clearly stated, in a New England tidal estuary where the bottom is brown mud and the water is stained brown. Plus, try seeing it @ 3am when we leave the dock to head out ... you're probably still sleeping - ha!

Sure, you can use a stick, but try running the helm and using one ... criminy ... people should READ more ... REACT less . Thanks for adding nothing to the post .

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