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Old 08-18-2017, 02:32 PM
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HI,
was all ready to buy a furuno 588 for bottom fishing in 200 feet of water or less.
A friend has offered me a demo raymarine ES128 at half retail.
which way would you go?
(plotter function excluded and i dont have the coin for any other raymarine fruit)
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For bottom fishing...Furuno sonar circuits set the bar.
And the FCV588 will hands down outlast the Ray unit for long term heavy duty use.
And hard to beat Furuno customer support.
Go with the Furuno.

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Furuno will be around when cockroaches are gone... All kidding aside, I would go with the new Furuno.
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eS128 can only use the Raymarine "CHIRP" transducer which is not suited for bottom fishing due to wide cone angle and low sensitivity.
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Originally Posted by abbor View Post
eS128 can only use the Raymarine "CHIRP" transducer which is not suited for bottom fishing due to wide cone angle and low sensitivity.

Now this I'd like hear more about. Raymarine Chirp transducer aren't good for bottom fishing?
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Do you have any other equipment already? Transducer? Space for install?
I just did a large install myself and stayed with raymarine so I didn't have to remove / replace the radar.
I bought an eS127 and and eS128 directly from Raymarine webstore, factory refurbished and they came with warranty, not a single scratch on either of them and they work flawlessly. they were nearly 1/2 of list price. This might be an option if you preferred the es127/128 and have the space to mount them.
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Originally Posted by John_Madison CT View Post
Now this I'd like hear more about. Raymarine Chirp transducer aren't good for bottom fishing?
Here is a Google translate link to a review of DragonFly and Lowrance Elite HDI performed by Teamcolibri for a Norwegian fishing site (Teamcolibri is a THT member as well)

https://translate.google.com/transla...raymarine.html

This was before Elite could CHIRP with the HDI transducer, but it's still much better than DragonFly. eS128 is using the same transducer and has been same sonar circuit as DragonFly. I don't recommend a 83/200kHz HDI or TotalScan for bottom fishing at 200' either, even if they are much better than DragonFly / eS128. A transducer with narrower cone and higher sensitivity is much better suited for bottom fishing at 200', B60, B75H or 50/200 kHz HDI is what I would recommend.
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As far as I can see he has a third option, buying a FCV-588
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Thanks for the replies all. Abbor I have seen some of your posts - Chirp doesn't excite me as I only fish in less than 70m. I don't want to spend money on any other networkable stuff. I think I will take good advice and go the 588. Decision made easier as I was able to keep my HDS9/2 from my last boat as a plotter and shallow water side scan. Gil once I offload this Raymarine I'll be in touch

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