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    Recommendations for new fish finder

    Hi all looking for recommendations for new fish finder up to around $2k.
    Only need the sounder features as have an Lowrance Elite 7 Chirp that I can use for the waypoints etc.
    Also suggestions for the Transducer.
    Depth up to around 130 metres
    Cheers

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    Re: Recommendations for new fish finder

    Furuno fcv 628 $1300 or if you can stretch the budget fcv 588 $2300 would be my pick


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    Re: Recommendations for new fish finder

    Hi pnp ,
    there are plenty of units will perform well at depths up to and including 130m. they do have ranges in which they perform better at.
    However as a straight sonar with good future potential. i would be looking at a Simrad S2009 with a B75M CHIRP transducer.

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    Re: Recommendations for new fish finder

    I'd be going the furuno 588 if you can stretch great sounder


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    Re: Recommendations for new fish finder

    Thanks, what roughly be the cost for both

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    Re: Recommendations for new fish finder

    Have a Look at a Garmin 952xs and the new GT15TM should be able to get that combo for around 2K
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    Re: Recommendations for new fish finder

    Having run a pretty fair range, including lowrance, hummingbird and raymarine over the last few year I recently put a furuno 588 in my reef boat. hands down a no contest. Only did it after fishing with a mate running one and could not believe my eyes. Not cheap, but catching fish isn't supposed to be =)
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    Re: Recommendations for new fish finder

    Bells and whistles with an emphasis on shallower depths and flat water - something with side scan - Garmin, Humminbird, Raymarine, Navico.

    A sounder that has pretty much everything you will need to adjust over the course of a days fishing written in plain English on the front panel - easy to use and just works - Furuno .Either the FCV-628 (5.7 inch display, 600w) or the FCV-588 (8.4 inch display, 600w / 1Kw) dependent on your preference for screen size

    For the depths you are talking, a 600 watt transducer on the Furuno will be fine (have used mine to 160 metres - and they will go deeper) and will be the easiest to find a variant of to get a good install. Will the 1 kilowatt transducer work better for the 588 in deep water - Yes, but it puts a big hole in your budget and blows the package price out.
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    Re: Recommendations for new fish finder

    Go the 588. Furuno have there processing software down pat.
    I was running lowrance hds G3 with p66 and having nothing but trouble holding bottom. And don't talk about the clutter.
    588 with p66 mounted in same position = awesome. 30 knots and still holds bottom and the clarity is unbelievable.

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    Re: Recommendations for new fish finder

    Is "Rezboost" as good as CHIRP?

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    Re: Recommendations for new fish finder

    I believe most will provide better sonar/fish finding returns to what you had been using previously.

    keep in mind that budget. it will either blow way out, or settle for a decent house brand.

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