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Old 04-22-2003, 12:35 PM
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I'm ready to purchase the least expensive sonar I've ever owned.
The current $1000 unit I own is now off the boat, and going back to the factory for service. It will remain brand name less at least until it returns, but it's not going back on the boat.I have to date run four days on the water without a sounder because of programing glitches in this unit.
I have had 3 Furuno CRT units and they were all great performers, if pricey.
I'm looking at the Garmin 240 Blue and thinking it might be just fine for finding small ledges in the depth I work, under 150'.
If the 240 Blue is as good as my Garmin GPS with WAAS, It must be a good machine.
Anyone here think I'm trying to go too cheep?
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Old 04-22-2003, 05:20 PM
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Welcome aboard. Tell us more about the existing unit and problems. Maybe we can get that in the right direction and save you a few bucks! As to Garmin anything; their had to beat!

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Old 04-22-2003, 05:39 PM
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Capt. Gene,
First welcome aboard. Second, I generally would recommend a Furuno 600L to ya they are down in price quite a bit and it is a good unit for around $700 or so with the transducer.. I used to have a nice gray scale before the 600L but it just didn't compare. From reading your post I wonder if your current machine is a Furuno as most fishermen find products they like and stick to them. The Garmin would work if you are looking for a back up, I just don't know how much detail is needed for your dive charters. Good Luck..Let us know the results of your repair and brand, you will find this board honest (at times too honest), spirited, and a good source of info.
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Old 04-23-2003, 07:02 AM
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Thanks, guys for the imput. My problem sounder is not a Furuno. Hope for a factory replacement on this unit, but it is almost 2 years old and out of warrenty. But,it is still suffering from the same problem it had when brand new.
I'll let you know hop well I get treated.
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