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Old 07-21-2005, 08:06 PM
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Default suggestions on fishfinder and chart plotter < $1600

any suggestions on finding a fish finder and chart ploter for under $1600

I was looking at garmin and raymarine.

I am pretty much lost. Any particular pro or cons of either brand?

Old 07-21-2005, 08:35 PM
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Default Re: suggestions on fishfinder and chart plotter < $1600

Furuno 1650 WF, Garmin 3005C (GSD20), 2006C (GSD20), Lowrance LCX-25C, NAVMAN6600, That should get you started. My first pick would be Furuno... lets see what other people think..
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Garmin 3005C or 3006C with the GDS then you still have money for the GDL 30A ..

Great plotter better than most fishfinder and the added safety of Sat Weather !!!
http://www.garmin.com/products/gpsmap3005c/

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Old 07-22-2005, 08:01 AM
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Default Re: suggestions on fishfinder and chart plotter < $1600

Are you mostly looking at combo units or stand alone? You can also get alot of bang for your buck with the Lowrance units.
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Default Re: suggestions on fishfinder and chart plotter < $1600

The humminbird 9 series has 750 and 1000 watt transducers but I think the are north of 1600 take a look though better than you think
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Default Re: suggestions on fishfinder and chart plotter < $1600

I have been looking at both combo units and seperate units

one of my clients suggested the garmin 2010 but tis a bit out of my price range

the 3005 ($1066), would need gsd 20 ($266) and trasducer which is another $245

What do you think a reasonable price to install something like that is,
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Default RE: suggestions on fishfinder and chart plotter < $1600

Look at the Furuno GP7000F.

Mine came in a little under your price, but you'll need to add a transducer ($35-75 for transom mount) and possibly a chart card (~$150-170). It's also a 1KW unit, so you can add some serious transducers (and use them at full power) for spectacular readings.

I've found the 7" screen to be MUCH larger and easier to read than the 5" models--and I regularly fish both. The 7000 is a nice “Tweener” between the 5” and 10” models, though there are others. One drawback is this thing is wide, and takes up a bit of helm space.



Good luck, and don't worry about agonizing about your decision. We all went through it LOL!

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Be sure and check out the Lowrance 337C DF. It is a color unit that does a wonderful job at well under your price. Additionally, the folks at Lowrance offer the best customer service for any electronic device I have ever purchased. I added the Navionics Gold Chart that covers waters from St. Lawrence to South Carolina. The one area that the Lowrance absolutely excels in is user interface. You probably don't get someone to bounce you around in the showroom as you are trying to input a selection, but that's where the rubber meets the road and where the Lowrance is at its best. Many times I have been in choppy water and able to zoom in or out or switch from Sonar to map with the boat rolling about. Its something to consider.

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Default RE: suggestions on fishfinder and chart plotter < $1600

Consider looking at the Navman 6600 Trackfish. I just put one in mine and am very happy with it.
I really like the 7 inch high definition display...it's razor sharp. While Navman hasn't had much press, I haven't read anything bad about them in the various message boards. They just had (I think it may have expired) a $200 rebate so for around $1400 ($1600 - $200), you get a WAAS GPS, GPS antenna, dual frequency through hull and thermometer/speed transducers, and a 2-yr warranty. I've also callled their customer service (to get the upgrade chip to read C-Map Max) and they've: 1) answered the phone without delay; 2) were able to answer my questions on transducer and GPS antenna installation; and 3) seemed very interested in making me a happy camper.

Good luck with whatever you choose.
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Default Re: suggestions on fishfinder and chart plotter < $1600

Furuno GP7000F. list on the company site for $2200

http://www.furuno.com/Furuno/Rooms/D...199EA910%5D%5D
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Default Re: suggestions on fishfinder and chart plotter < $1600

Another vote here for the NAVMAN Trackfish 6600. Have owned one for 7 months now trolling deep water with a small cc Whaler. The unit gets really wet in my boat and the unit has never missed a beat! NAVMAN Customer Service has been outstanding; if I e-mail a question about the unit to them, I have been able to count on a response in no more than 24 hours - EXCELLENT. As Rudy states, you don't see alot of press on them but I think that's because sales have not caught on as much in the U.S. as they have in Asia and the rest of the world. It will fit your budget and should get serious consideration.
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Default Re: suggestions on fishfinder and chart plotter < $1600

I would either go with the Furuno unit or the Garmin unit. Furuno has the best fishfinders and Garmin has the best charts. Decide what is more important to you and go with it. I decided on the Garmin and have been pleased. While the sounder isnt that of the Furuno, it isnt bad either. Good luck
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Default Re: suggestions on fishfinder and chart plotter < $1600

I just picked up a garmin 2006c, I upped my budget a bit

I was kind of looking at the raymarine c70. but one fo my clients who fishes for living pushed me toward the garmin for better mapping

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