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Pagoda64

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I am in a 25' Parker WA. Most fishing will be in the Chesapeake Bay. Stripper, flounder, spade, cobia, trout, etc.. I have been looking at Raymarine, Furuno, Simrad, Nortstar and Garmin. I had a Garmin 2006c in old boat. Not happy with Fish Finder. With the new boat, I will be adding Radar and autopilot either now or later. Garmin has an interesting unit, but I have to take the new boat in the next few weeks. Dealer is giving free install. With your recommendations, I am looking at in hull, with concerns on thick Parker Hull or transom mount. I would like to see better Fish Finding than on the 2006c. I never knew what was bait, beer cans, fish or whatever else. Looking at $2500-$4000.00. Will come back with radar and autopilot in the next few months. Mainly looking for GPS, Chart and Fish Finder to start. Please HELP!!!
 

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I use the Raymarine C80 with a shoot thru the hull depth, fish finder along with the radar. All in one unit fits right in the dash of my 2520XL. I am very happy with the unit.

Good luck with your new boat.
 

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What transducer did you install? How is the Fish Finder working for you? Do you have speed and water temp?
 

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I also have the C-80, with the transom transducer and the DSM-300 digital fish finder. I have the 4 kw radome also. I am very happy with the system, and the digital fishfinder presents a great picture.
 

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I don't think you can ever go wrong with Garmin GPS Chartplotters. I have a 2010 on my boat and love it.
My sounder is a Furuno FCV600L which has been relatively unchanged for many years. In my area, the Furuno 600L sounder is a staple with the charter fleet, so that tells you something. :wink:

Here is a shot of the helm in my 2520...



That Furuno sounder is connected to an Airmar "tilted element" through-hull transducer which performs flawlessly. It is seen in the photo below to the left of the bilge pumps.



Good luck with whatever you decide! :)
 

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Not exactly sure what your setup was before that you did not like. I suspect the culprit was the transducer. You can have the best electronics in the world and put a cheap transducer in the mix and well, it will suck. It’s like having a 5,000 dollar stereo and spending 50 dollars on the speakers. If you want a good picture you need to invest in a good thru hull transducer. I have talked to a lot of people on this and you have to take everything with a grain of salt. If I tell you this is the best depth sounder I have ever seen that may be true, but if I have only seen two what do I really know.

All in all I think it’s personal choice. They all make pretty good stuff in some things and not so good in others. If you want to keep it all the same brand I would stay with Furuno or Raymarine.

Personally I have a Furuno 1834C-NT radar chartplotter.
Furuno black box depthsounder with an Airmar B-260 transducer.
Furuno 511 autopilot -by the way one reason Furuno charges more for there autopilots is they include the heading sensor.

I love my setup, but then again this is the only one I have owned personally. Oh and as far as how it works. My tower guy asked me how deep it reads at crusing speed. I checked it coming home one day, passing a drop off at 24 knots I finally lost bottom at 2200 feet. I didn’t even have the sounder setup to read deep so it may have done even better.
 

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Megabyte":2dp3q1s2 said:
I don't think you can ever go wrong with Garmin GPS Chartplotters. I have a 2010 on my boat and love it.
My sounder is a Furuno FCV600L which has been relatively unchanged for many years. In my area, the Furuno 600L sounder is a staple with the charter fleet, so that tells you something. :wink:

Here is a shot of the helm in my 2520...



That Furuno sounder is connected to an Airmar "tilted element" through-hull transducer which performs flawlessly. It is seen in the photo below to the left of the bilge pumps.



Good luck with whatever you decide! :)

You should check out the Furuno 585L, I had the 600L also, but never liked it, and it is considered a low end unit as furuno goes, but the 585 is amazing !!!
 

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Capt. Ronnie":yn5nhqw8 said:
You should check out the Furuno 585L, I had the 600L also, but never liked it, and it is considered a low end unit as furuno goes, but the 585 is amazing !!!
Ronnie... Is that one of their newer ones?

I'll admit that I haven't kept up with some of the newer gear. I've been too satisfied with what I have. :D

Guess I'd better go look. Thanks!
 

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Capt. Ronnie":3v3h3rnd said:
You should check out the Furuno 585L, I had the 600L also, but never liked it, and it is considered a low end unit as furuno goes, but the 585 is amazing !!!
Furuno also makes a 60kw radar, and a sounder good for 2000 meters. Remember, the're really a commercial electronics firm. In this context, I guess the 600L is a "low end unit" :roll:

A few other Furuno Fun Facts...

-Won 163 NEMA awards since 1971
-2006 Marine Electronics Manufacturer of The Year-Support (read CS)
-Won NEMA radar award 31 years straight (current winner NavNet)
-Best Fish Finder 35 years straight (winner FCV 585, previous 600L)
-Just finished a $10m Coast Guard up-fitting contract
-Just rewarded $5.5m CG up-fitting search/rescue boats contract. The boats will be equipted with (among other Furuno stuff) the GP 37 DGPS/WASS and NavNet vx2.

If you're lost and the Coast Guard comes lookin', looks like they'll be lookin' with Furuno. :wink:


Hey Mega...Is that some dust I see in your bilge????? :lol:
 

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