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Old 26 October 2014, 14:05   #1
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fish finder advice please

right me mrs has offered to buy me a fishfinder/depth gauge for me birthday I have an airfloor sib so was thinking something I could mount on a small box (to keep the battery in was thinking 12v house alarm battery) and some sort of g clamp arangment underneath to mount it to the seat as I allways kneel on the floor behind the seat . I haven't a clue about these things so if its a bad idea please tell me .if its a good idea can anyone recommend something for say up to 200 is it possible to get one with gps so I knew where I was /save good fishing spots ect.one that is an easy to get my head around using it and understand what I am looking at is a must.thanks
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Old 26 October 2014, 14:20   #2
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If you will use it a lot then you could get a Garmin 451s which is a chart plotter and a fishfinder with colour maps. Its over your budget and you have to buy a transducer but you will still get it all for under 300 if you look about.

Try Peter, Boats and Outboards 4 sale, he's a member on here and he often can do a good deal

However you can get a battery powered one that may be better for you?? and cheaper too
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Not sure how good this is but they have sold 303 of them....

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/100M-Porta...item19d665ec80

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Old 26 October 2014, 17:20   #4
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Combined plotter/finder would be the way to go.
I've used a black & white Humminbird for years & whilst its good, the addition of a separate cheapie basic gps with chart was a revelation - even though I thought I knew the area very well & have the paper chart!
If its just a fishfinder you get, the bigger the screen the better.
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cheers lads ill look into the garmin option
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Not sure how good this is but they have sold 303 of them....

100M Portable Sonar Sensor Fish Finder Fishfinder Beam Transducer Alarm | eBay


They are utter rubbish, you get what you pay for. Have a look at at the Lowrance Elite 4 combo.

LOWRANCE ELITE 4 HDI Dual Imaging Fishfinder/Chartplotter 83/200 455/800 | eBay

You'll probably be able to save 50 if you import from the U.S.
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There was a post in the SIB section a month or two ago discussing sonar units, and mounting. You might find it of interest. I have also seen people use battery boxes as mounts for their sonar units.
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cheers lads I had looked at the lowrance model stray but it says for freshwater use only ???
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cheers lads I had looked at the lowrance model stray but it says for freshwater use only ???
Using it in saltwater might affect the accuracy of the depth (due to the speed of sound in fresh water being different to that in salt water) but other than that I can't see why it would be a problem to use it in salt water.
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If you're talking about the Elite 4x HDI (retail is about $150US over here; street price maybe $125?) take a look at page 7 here:

http://www.lowrance.com/Root/Lowranc...0586-002_w.pdf

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