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Old 06-24-2013, 10:29 AM
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I'm looking to purchase an additional depth finder. GPS is not needed. We fish offshore And inshore. Looking for something under $250 that can pick up structure on the bottom and off the bottom. Stuff like rigs on the bottom or the legs and horizontal members on the rigs. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:47 AM
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How deep? You want to see the structure and not fish, or structure and fish? Some boat info is going to help too.
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:50 PM
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As for depth some where around 600'-800' I guess. We do more fishing out of cypermort point where it stays shallow longer but we do go out of grand isle. I'd like to see structure and fish. As for the boat 26' pursuit center console. Will be mounted with a bracket. I can give more info on boat if you need not sure what you want
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I am just a casual fish finder shopper. But from what I have shopped for and looked at $250 may not provide enough to get you down to 800 feet. And it is difficult to see fish and structure on the same unit without spending considerably more, even at less depth than you are talking about. Let me explain though. With traditional sonar you can see deep for kind of cheap, but seeing anything but the bottom is going to be tough, 1. because you need power to get you down there, and 2. the view you see is in the shape of a cone, when you get down 600' you may be seeing 2 or 300 feet of the bottom (maybe more Idk) and trying to fit that view on a 4 or 5 inch screen. Not much info there. Any kind of structure scanning is not going to go nearly as deep as you want to go and stay in your budget. If seeing the "structure" as a little blob because you already know what is there you may be able to do something but Idk. Our bay is only 80' deep.

It seems you will need to at least quadruple your budget to even scratch the edge of what you want.

This one is about 700. But I know nothing about it, it just seems like it might get you close.
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:32 PM
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Okay then let's say around $400-500 and 200-300 feet deep. We mostly fish 150-200 feet. We do a lot of rig fishing some bottom fishing. Looking for something to help locate new bottom structure. But not break the bank. Been looking at lowrance raymarine and garmin. Just not sure what is better for me. Thanks

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Old 06-28-2013, 03:31 PM
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Thanks for the help but I'm still clue less on what to get. I know there is people who know a lot more than me on here. Just hope they take a look at it and help me out.
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I'm kind of in the same boat. I want a stand-alone on top of console until I can get bigger and better MFD for dash.

I'm seriously considering the Raymarine Dragonfly. It gives CHIRP sonar (CHIRP light compared to high-end CHIRP units) and down imaging. It also gives a backup chart plotter with internal antenna and the ability to add Navionics Gold card to the package. Which might not be needed, but still not a bad deal.

My thought is that if I get new MFD with more powerful dual band CHIRP sonar later on I can still use the dragonfly for down imagining and a nice backup chart plotter. And for ~$600 I could always upgrade later without having a lot of skin in the game.

Other options might be:
1) One of the Humminbird down and/or side imaging units. Not sure about depth capability though.
2) Lowrance Elite 5x or 7x HDI. Also not sure if this will reach as deep as the Dragonfly.
3) Garmin 547xs. No down-imaging but true single element CHIRP for better depth and speed capability than Dragonfly. Over $1,000 with TM150 though.

Maybe somebody else will chime in about different options and some pros/cons.
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:19 PM
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I was looking at those lowrance models not bad units at all. I'll check hummingbird forgot all about them thanks.
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Just installed a 500 series HB. Very happy. Great down imaging and clear readings runningv47 mph

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Here is a link for units I have for THT members..
For example the Sitex SVs650 for $625 including Airmar P66..

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