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Old 12-29-2013, 02:19 PM
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any feedback on this unit? Looking to purchase one for my rig.
Old 12-29-2013, 02:41 PM
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Bought one a couple months ago, but havent installed yet. However, been playing with it on the kitchen table with a 12V power supply.

Im trying to learn the menu system. Otherwise, after a bit of back and forth with Jeppesen, I got the 4D chart working, and it seems very good.
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ok thanks.
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I installed one on my boat. I use it as a back up gps and mostly for its fishfinder. The fish finder is very good and I am pleased with its ability to mark fish and discern between bait and game. The GPS seems very easy to use (and my primary GPS is Garmin 3010c right now) The CMap 4D is very nice.
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Do you have an external antenna? If not how's the GPS signal reception in the pilot house?
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It takes a little longer to get initial fix than my Garmin with external antenna but I havent lost reception. (it may just be just a function of the unit and it is only maybe 15 secs or so longer) Reception seems not to be a problem at all. I initially thought it was slower than my garmin but I had it on a setting that made it seem slower (auto course up). By switching to the regular course up mode, it performs much more to my liking. I think it is an excellent plotter!.

My dad mounted a Lowrance unit with internal antenna in his pilothouse last year and has never had an issue with losing reception..

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the 1870 uses the same circuitry and processing as the 585/587 sounders and those are widely regarded as some of the best out there in that size and price range. So, the sounder side of the 1870 is about as good as you can hope. Nothing to worry about there.
Can't speak for the plotter side, though. No experience there.
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Can you tie this unit directly to your VHF radio without having a NEMA 2000 system/backbone in your boat? I don't believe the 1870f has an 0813 only
NEMA2K/CAN.

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I think you need the ~$200 Nmea2K2 converter to go from the CAN bus to 0183.
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For a traditional sonar...the Furuno circuit in this unit has superb capability...and being 600 /1000 kw it is able to work with almost any Airmar or Furuno transducer.


And the charts are excellent.




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Originally Posted by coores14 View Post
the 1870 uses the same circuitry and processing as the 585/587 sounders and those are widely regarded as some of the best out there in that size and price range. So, the sounder side of the 1870 is about as good as you can hope. Nothing to worry about there.
Can't speak for the plotter side, though. No experience there.
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Semperfifishing, Gil-I sent you a PM

John, thanks for the info on the converter. I guess a NEMA 2000 capable VHF would solve that problem.

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Semperfifishing, Gil-I sent you a PM

John, thanks for the info on the converter. I guess a NEMA 2000 capable VHF would solve that problem.

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