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Old 07-25-2005, 06:08 PM
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Default Sounder/Transducer Suggestions Please

I'm a newbie to this site, so sorry for being selfish and begging for help right out of the gate!

I'm desperately needing to improve my Sounder Capabilites and after reading some of these posts I've got much to learn particularly in regard to Transducers.

1. I'm currently running a lower end unit Humminbird 3000 Legend Deep (500rms), TM Standard Transducer.

2. I primarily fish Deep fresh water 400-800ft bottom, chasing fish anywhere from 4-150ft.

3. Boat 23' Northriver Seahawk (Welded Aluminum) Hardtop, .250 Hull thickness, Offshore Bracket with F225 Yamaha & T8 Yamaha.

My current Sounder is Worthless in the deep water even at trolling speed. I seem to only start marking fish when I get in less than 150ft of water. I believe one primary problem is that I got to keep my gain control set very low to keep from having solid noise on the screen (dark lines or blotches). I suspect much of this is due to a poor quality Transducer, but for whatever reason I need some great improvement and want get it right this time.

Can I get this done for under $2000, and are there some suggestions on where to start including what type of Transducer to go with?

Thanks Kamalot
Old 07-25-2005, 08:20 PM
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Default Re: Sounder/Transducer Suggestions Please

Furuno 582L and a stainless 600 watt transducer !!!!

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Old 07-25-2005, 10:03 PM
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Default Re: Sounder/Transducer Suggestions Please

John,

The Furuno 582L, was defenately on my list, unless you think I would require a 1kw unit to perform my deep water tasks. Would the Stainless Transducer be a Furuno TM Product or something made by Airmar. Also I keep seeing great things said about Thru-Hull Transducers by Airmar (260), would that provide further improvement for my application?

Thanks Cory
Old 07-25-2005, 10:05 PM
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Default Re: Sounder/Transducer Suggestions Please

The 582 L is a great unit, I found the Cruising setting to be fair at best in less than 6 feet of water. By switching to the manual mode and a gain setting of 2 I found it picks up bottom right away. I was able to read over 1000 feet in the Keys this year with a Thru hull 600 watt transducer so that covers your deep and shallow water. The best feature of the 582L is the knobs, with one turn your your selection is made. When your on plane in 3-5 ft seas try making your way thru a menu driven functions on another unit. For a second unit I would also mention a Raymarine DS 600X if you want a fully automatic unit. Both units are well respected and tested..

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Thanks guys, Looks like the 582L will do the job for me now just need to decide if I want to drill a hole in the bottom. I really leaning toward the Thru-Hull to get more clean water.

Thanks Cory

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