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Old 03-21-2015, 12:16 PM
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Catamaran with outboards

Current unit is Ray Marine 600 with P66 Transom Mount Transducer

Can't differentiate bait from fish and I stop to jig over 30 lb fish so Fish Finder is crucial
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Thanks Gil
Is the 50dv traditional sonar with down vision or does it also have the chirp transducer?

Do you think it will be an improvement over the P66 200/50 transducer?
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I would take a look at the Lowrance Elite series, Bull. It is in your budget, has CHIRP, and should give you the target differentiation you need.
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I bought the Garmin 50dv this morning and will report on on how it works out. Really appreciate the heads up on this closeout deal Semperfifishing you will not make a penny on the transaction by sending me to his competitor.

Also really appreciate the technical boil down to help me reach a conclusion.
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Originally Posted by Bullshipper View Post
I bought the Garmin 50dv this morning and will report on on how it works out. Really appreciate the heads up on this closeout deal Semperfifishing you will not make a penny on the transaction by sending me to his competitor.

Also really appreciate the technical boil down to help me reach a conclusion.
You got it just in time......it's been removed from there website. I got one from the store before they ran out.
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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post
The 50 dv uses traditional sonar..and I would put it almost on par with the 200 kHz side of the P66.
For under 100' a good unit.
oh man, I said from 100-300 feet, and that I wanted to improve on the P66, not be almost as good. I'll take it back. No foul no harm. thx anyways.
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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post
Don't panic...

I am only referring to the 2D sonar element comparison between the 70dv ducer and the P66 at 200 kHz.
You still have 77 kHz for deeper use down to 300'.

So for overall use the 50dv with the 77/200 ducer will be just fine.
Plus you have the added Down vu element.
And you can still add a P66 to that unit and still have a bargin.
Well, I took it back before you responded as I went 80 miles out of town to buy it.

I exchanged it a Lowrance 7HDI screen and am now looking for the best transom mount transducer for it.
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Bull you need a TM150 with a sonar that can drive it to get what you want. I *think* the lowest cost unit is the 547xs.
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you can try airman tm258 transom mount
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i have lowrance 7 hid and priginal transducer is top shelf choice

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