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konan 02-25-2011 09:49 AM

Furuno vs. Garmin Sonars
I need some opinions on which brand is better for offshore fishing. Pros and Cons of both. Looking to buy a new boat and want to put the best electronics I can on the boat. The boat will be a 31' Contender. What is the best transducer size for the Gulf Coast?



frank1861 02-25-2011 09:58 AM

Furuno is better right now. Garmin has a couple new black box units that look like they will compare well to the Furuno units but they will not be available until August.

frank1861 02-25-2011 10:10 AM

What depths will you be using it in?

In2fowl 02-25-2011 10:12 AM

Garmin has great GPS/Plotters, very simple to use, but you cannot beat Furuno for their sonar equipment. I currently have two 4212's and previously had Furono, wish I still had it for sonar

One last thing, regardless of manufacture you choose, spend the money on a good transducer.

ubettcha13 02-25-2011 12:46 PM

Simrad has the best sounder out right now teamed up with the latest Airmar ducers that have multi frequencies from 25-210 hz

DroppinLoads 02-25-2011 12:48 PM

Originally Posted by In2fowl (Post 3561204)
spend the money on a good transducer.


luna sea II 02-25-2011 04:26 PM

no contest - furuno is top of the line and garmin is fisher price entry level.

NickE 02-25-2011 06:16 PM

Konan, I don't think you can go wrong with a Furuno sounder. I have an FCV585 and it is hands down the best sounder that I've ever used. I'm not a huge fan of the Furuno chart plotter. I have a Navnet radar/chartplotter, but I ended up buying a Garmin GPS and installing it as well. The mapping on the Garmin is better than the Furuno (Navnet VX2) and I like the navigation function on the Garmin better.

There is a reason that Furuno has won the NMEA award for Best Fishfinder 40 years in a row.

cazador 02-26-2011 05:15 AM

x10, Furuno, with the digital black box and a 1kw transducer I can get a bottom contour at 700 feet while running and the same at 2800 feet while trolling. The strongest available is a 3kw setup.
The only suggestion I would make is to get a seperate temp probe. The Airmar transducers have a common problem of failing temp sensors.

Capt. Mako 02-26-2011 01:28 PM

Ok maybe i can help with this one as have both in my boat:

Have the Furuno 582L with 1KW ducer and the new Garmin 4012 with the GSD22 and also a 1KW ducer

my boat is a 31 Ocean Master with 2X300 E-Tecs and i fish deep waters up to 4000 and 5000 feet of water

Furuno is a little pit rough around the edges but it definitely beat the garmin in the performance specialy in deep waters despite the fact that the garmin have a digital processor

in addition to the ease of use and on the other hand the garmin have some cool features like the Under water waypoint where you can freeze the screen and with the pointer get the know the lat/long of a spot


23Dorado 02-26-2011 04:26 PM

Originally Posted by luna sea II (Post 3562114)
no contest - furuno is top of the line and garmin is fisher price entry level.


gnel 02-27-2011 03:33 PM

As said Garmin makes a fine GPS but for sonar or radar Furuno is the best.

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