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regr617 10-08-2011 12:05 PM

had Garmin 5212, would like a seperate fishfinder
im getting new boat and electronics, was told garmin fishfinders are far inferior to others. I was happy with 5212 gamin chartplotter so i was considering getting it again unless anybody as another suggestion. and gettting a seperate fishfinder. i mostly fish in 30 to 120' depth but gonna start doing canyon trips in new boat.

deltarome 10-08-2011 12:30 PM

furuno 585. I have same setup as you and the furuno brand has the best depth finders. You will need a good airmar pickup to go with it.

Ironworker 10-08-2011 12:36 PM

Hang tight on your decision regarding garmin fishfinders. They are close to getting a new and improved version on the market. Its a GSD 24 that should serve you well. You can search here for some threads on them.

semperfifishing 10-08-2011 02:13 PM

I have never been overly impressed with the GSD22 and the Furuno FCV585 has been my favorite selling unit for several years now with my customers.

But I agree with Ironworker...the GSD24 is due out shortly and I think it deserves a look.

I am telling all my Garmin customers that if they do not like the GSD24 I will give full trade in for any other unit of their choice for up to 90 days after purchase.

I am doing that because I have confidence in what I have seen to date with what Garmin is doing with the GSD 24.

I am a Furuno man through and through but I am very curious to see if Garmin has stepped up to the plate on this one.

LI32 10-08-2011 04:44 PM

While the GSD 24 might be a big step up from the GSD 22, the GSD 26 (CHIRP) unit is a quantum leap and will do things no recreational marine Furuno unit can.

semperfifishing 10-08-2011 05:32 PM

The GSD 26 & BSM-1 both being CHIRP are in a world of their own and will outperform any recreational tone pulse sustem now on the market.

But considering "regr61 " is fishing in 30' to 120' of water he may not need CHIRP and CHIRP'S higher cost.

The GSD 24 is only $600 vs $1700. for a GSD26.

A B60 transducer for the GSD 24 is $195. ans will work just fine in 120' while a CHIRP transducer l such as a Tm265 will run over $1100.

So comparing $795. to $2700. and fishing in less than 120' the GSD 24 might be a good value for those fishing conditions.

An excellent stand alone fish finder that is just as good as the FCV 620 is the new Si-tex SVS650.
Both ship with the Airmar P66 and have 600 watts power output. The SVS 650 has a larger screen and even has a ten screen shot memory capability..and is $200 less than the FCV620 selling at $650 including transducer.

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