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what is Furuno discontinuing next?

Old 04-04-2006, 04:38 PM
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It seems furuno is discontinuing the 600 and 582 fishfinders for the newer models and giving rebates. They are also rebating the small stand alone radars, does this mean they are discontinuing those items as well?

I'm interested in a stand alone 24mile radar and was wondering if I should wait until their newer models come out.
Old 04-04-2006, 05:51 PM
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When it comes to radar, I don't see any reason to wait for a "new" model. Other then enhancements , or "bells & whistles" like chart overlay capability and MARPA, the basic technology behind RADAR has been virtually unchanged for many years. Although I now own a Raymarine C80, Furuno is second to none when it comes to their radar units. Last year I replaced my open array Furuno that was mfg'd in 1984- and still worked like brand new. Furuno's 1715 model is a great value in a standalone radar
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No One make a better radar than furuno, I wish they would do us all a favor and discontinue all of their piece of crap chart plotters and 10 yr old technology fish finders
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Just because Furuno is discontinuing a model is not a reason not to buy it. They stand behind their products far longer than their competitors do. It's still possible to get service and spares on decades old Furuno radars and fishfinders.

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I never had one problem with a Furuno fishfinder or chartplotter. It may not be as flashy as northstar, but at least the screens are not fogging up. I have had garmin, simrad, and furuno chartplotters. Simrad sucked IMO, and the garmin had a few screen problems (granted this was 6 yrs ago). So far no problems with a 582, 1850, or navnet 2 (3 screens w/2kw sounder and 12kw radar). Also even if their fish finders are 10 yr old technology, they are widely viewed as the best out there. Maybe there is a reason why a lot of commercial fishermen use furuno. Also furuno is coming out with stuff that is updated over the 582/600 fishfinders.
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I'm very happy with my 582 and 1850 (2001 models) as well. They have lived up to all my expectations. Lets face it, by the time the product is in your hands, its computing aspect is already outdated. This is the computer industry. Furuno offers very economical upgrades to thier equipment, stands behind their products, whether current production or past, and provides, IMHO excellent customer service. They have made very few mistakes along the way, but they admit it and fix the problem rather than deny it exists.

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