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Old 02-11-2012, 12:52 PM
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I'm considering upgrading my electronics. I currently have a Northstar 6000i which serves as the chart plotter and sounder, a Furuno RD30 as a backup and a Furuno 1623 radar. I'm looking for a better and easier to use chart plotter and a better fish finder. I was thinking of going with a Garmin chart plotter/radar package (maybe a 740s or a 4200 series) with a separate standalone fish finder (possibly a Furuno 620). Alternatively, I was thinking of going with a chartplotter/fish finder combo (Simrad NSS or Lowrance HDS) and keep my existing radar for the near term. I'm trying to do this as cost effective as possible. Any thoughts or recommendations would be appreciated.

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Old 02-11-2012, 05:38 PM
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I am interested in this too as I'm buying an older boat w/ a 10 year old setup
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Old 02-12-2012, 05:10 PM
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I have the 6000i also and am wondering about upgrades, so I hope this thread provides some good recommendations. My system includes the Northstar radar. It is 6-7 years old (2005 installation) and I have some questions regarding whether the transducer and/or sounder may be going. I have a 26 foot cc that will be used primarily for fishing from 10 miles out to the canyons, with a mix of bottom fishing, trolling and jigging. Just out of curiosity, how old is your unit, what size boat, and what type of fishing?

It seems as one of your primary motivations is a better fishfinder, so you are faced with using the current pulse technology (with or without sidescan) or going to CHIRP technology.

What don't you like about your chartplotter (my boat is new to me so I have limited time using the plotter)?
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My 6000i is an '05 and is installed on a 23 Regulator. The maps seem somewhat dated and it takes a little longer than I'd like to acquire a signal. I've only has the 23 one season, but I had a 26 Regulator for the previous 5 seasons and had the same machine (but an '06). Overall, its been a good unit, but I'd just newer technology. I typically fish in waters 20-60' deep, primarily trolling and jigging. I've never liked having my chartplotter and fishfinder share the same screen so I'm leaning towards a dedicated fishfinder.
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