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GPS/Sonar/Plotter Question

Old 04-17-2003, 07:24 PM
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I posted this on the main forum but realize it s/b posted here. Sorry for the duplication.

I'm sure this has been raised umpteen times before, but my Lowrance electronics fritzed out on me again, so I'm considering an upgrade.

I'm replacing a Lowrance 350a sonar (lines in the screen after 2 seasons) and a 2000 plotter (this one actually works works fine, its just unreadable given its monochrome). I've pretty much made the decision to get Furuno, more for reliability reasons than anything else. I am thinking of 1650 or 1850 series for the GPS/Plotter and the FCV 582 FCV 600L for the sonar. Alternatively, I am thinking about the combo unit in the 1650 or 1850 series. I own a 23CC w/ TTop and fish mostly the Chesapeake Bay.

Here are my questions.

1. Through hull or transom mount transducer? I've heard the Furuno's stern mount ducers are bigger and need to be TH.

2. Do I need Differential GPS? I thought turning off SA eleminated the need?

3. Should I have two separate screens or get the combo unit? I have a separate sonar/GPS and plotter now and like it. Will the combo unit be too crowded?

4. Mapping Chip. Some of the units use Furuno Navionics, some NavChart and some C-Map NT? Which is better?

5. Some screens are TFT LCD and some just LCD. Which is better?

6. What should I expect to pay for installation?

7. Is Furuno as reliable as I think it will be?

8. The FCV 582 is a lot more $$ than the FCV600, but doesn't appear that different in size. What am I missing?

This represents a sizable investment for me, so any help on these questions would be appreciated.

Thanks, Joe
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Old 04-17-2003, 07:37 PM
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I just rigged my new boat 2301 WA Striper but I had a more restricted budget. I got the 600L for my sounder and the Garmin 182C. I love both units. I personally steered away from combo units but it seems to just be a personal choice. If my sounder goes out all I have to replace is that one unit. On a combi unit I am now changing everything. Additionally I wanted two screens and not share one. These are the two units I monitor closely so they are side by side directly in front of me. Also Garmin is still offering rebates until the end of April (up to $150) and another $50 off their Blue chart. For my area (SoCal) the BlueCharts are unbelieveable accuracy. Also you don't need the differential my 182C has WAAS. Good luck to you
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