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Old 03-12-2016, 04:43 AM
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So I am refitting my panel one piece at a time. This stuff is older than most of you reading this. First to go is that old zenith console TV looking fishfinder in the middle.

1. Fishfinder
2. Fuel Management (two 454 carbureted crusaders)

I'd like a stand alone unit, I was thinking Furuno 587 with Chirp but you gave to go easy on me, some of these terms have me scratching my head.

I fish Lake Ontario for trout and salmon. Max depth of 700' but the fish are in a column of zero to 200. Not much on the bottom of the lake to see, the structure we fish is temp, not trees, rocks and contours.

T/D can be thru hull.

Help me spend my money please, or give me a good place to research the terms I found before posting this.

Thanks in advance for being kind and lowering your discussion to my level.
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The Furuno stand alone units are very reliable and have an excellent sonar circuit.....and also look at the FCV 588..only a tad more $.


Also at almost the same price range...look at the Garmin 840xs...it is a combo but you can use just the CHIRP sonar..and would make an excellent stand alone.





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Hey, thanks for jumping in. I appreciate your input.
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Mike,
Garmin 7610xsv with a GT52TM ducer. Trolling for the kings, you'll be able to see them out to the side. Are you planning a trip that you're looking for an upgrade to fuel management?
Figure .6-.9 mpg and keep the credit card handy..
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Mike,
Garmin 7610xsv with a GT52TM ducer. Trolling for the kings, you'll be able to see them out to the side. Are you planning a trip that you're looking for an upgrade to fuel management?
Figure .6-.9 mpg and keep the credit card handy..
Hey Bob. Thanks. I'll check that out. I have room for a 10 screen think. Going to have to lay it out to make sure.

Fuel Management: hate gas gauges. I want a fuel management system that has more accurate quantities as well as fuel burn just for optimum performance. We generally run pretty light on fuel, for economy but going to feel like a real fool running out after a half day trip!

I've seen some that replace my tach with rpm and fuel flow but can't find much about sending units for a better measurement on quantity.
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If you like Furuno fish finders, I recommend also checking out the GP1870F. It is the same technology as the FCV587 for less money plus you get a GPS too. (it is my back up gps) It is a wide screen format vs portrait though.

The Furuno is excellent at finding layers in the water column. Our water gets very layered this time of year with both temperature and salinity levels. We have an influx of fresh water with snow melts and spring rains mixing with the saltier bay waters.

Here is my fish finder in the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday with the gain at +2 on the 200kHz side.
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http://www.furuno.com/en/products/chartplotter/GP-1870F

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