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Old 03-03-2013, 05:33 PM
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I cannot find the power specs for the new Raymarine Dragonfly. I'd like to have something that can see clearly in 100'-200' of salt water for bottom fishing. So I am not sure if this will do the trick.

Does anyone know? Thanks.
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by almo100 View Post
I cannot find the power specs for the new Raymarine Dragonfly. I'd like to have something that can see clearly in 100'-200' of salt water for bottom fishing. So I am not sure if this will do the trick.

Does anyone know? Thanks.
The Dragonfly should be able to do it, but you might want to wait until it is released to decide that. Power ratings won't do you much good as it has become a near meaningless spec nowadays. The Lowrance Elite 7 HDI will give you similar features, less the touch screen, but known performance capabilities.
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:52 PM
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Originally Posted by almo100 View Post
I cannot find the power specs for the new Raymarine Dragonfly. I'd like to have something that can see clearly in 100'-200' of salt water for bottom fishing. So I am not sure if this will do the trick.

Does anyone know? Thanks.
There are a number of other threads about the Dragonfly if you just do a search for it. Here's one: http://www.thehulltruth.com/marine-e...dragonfly.html.

You can also find the specs on the Raymarine website: http://www.raymarine.com/dragonfly/.

From all the research I have done the Dragonfly should be a great unit for saltwater fishing at less than about 600 ft. Power specs don't mean a lot when you're talking about a CHIRP unit---they don't need the same power a "conventional" unit needs. So you really can't compare something like the Dragonfly with something like a standard Furuno, etc. They don't do things quite the same way.

If you want more information about chirp go to the Airmar website. They have a TON of info about it there.

The "problem" I've found with "baby chirp" units like this is that they only "see" at one small band of frequencies, whereas fully capable chirp units will look at a very wide spectrum of frequencies. But if you're just looking for fish in one pretty specific depth of water then the single frequency of the Dragonfly should be more than enough.

If you ARE interested in chirp at a cheaper price than one of the "big boys" you might want to consider one of the new Garmin units like the 527xs, or 741xs along with the newer Airmar TM150M transducers. It's a bit more expensive than the Dragonfly, but it looks like it will have slightly better capabilities.
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:19 PM
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One major drawback with DragonFly if used as the only unit in saltwater or a large lake is the lack of communication capabilities. There is no NMEA 183 or NMEA 2000 to give position to the distress function of a VHF. Yes, there is possible get a VHF with built in GPS (SH GX1700), but the lack of communications is still a major drawback.

As an additional unit I'm sure DragonFly will be great.
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:13 PM
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That 547xs may be the way to go. Looks like it has a bit more punch. I got burned with a fish finder one time claiming to see to 600'. Saw bottom with no problem just couldn't see any fish.
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