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Old 26 June 2004, 04:51   #11
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Stupid Question

Just why do I need a fishfinder rather than a simple dial which tells me my depth - I do not intend to go fishing or diving......


Seriuosly, what does the display of the sea bed REALLY add.
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Old 26 June 2004, 05:18   #12
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And what if JAWS is down there, Bruce....fancying a bit of RIB??????

Seriously I find it helpful to go along to the biggest chandlers I can find (Port Solent for us) and look at the jackets while Paul discusses the niceties of electronics equipment with the sales people.

Then Paul summarises stuff for me and he can make a better-informed decision about whether we need something or not.

And I benefit to the tune of a new pink fleece.


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Old 26 June 2004, 05:58   #13
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Bruce, you PMed me looking for a pic but I seem to have lost your e-mail address so I'll just post it here. i know your e-mail is on your profile but it won't allow me to send attachments.

The plotter is a Lowrance LMS-320.
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Maybe you should have a look at these for depth.

http://www.lowrance.com/marine/Produ...dash_units.asp
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Here's a better picture Bruce.
Have a look, the helm, plotter and radio are mounted on the angled face of the console.
Above that there is a verticle face with all the gauges mounted on it.
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Old 26 June 2004, 09:09   #16
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Thanks

thanks for that last picture. It really helps. So the argument is that to have the throttle in the centre and able to go to full throttle it has to be mounted in an unacceptably low configuration?
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Old 26 June 2004, 09:53   #17
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Seriuosly, what does the display of the sea bed REALLY add.
If you are going to anchor, you'll need to know what the bottom structure is.

Passing over a rocky ledge, it's very reassuring to see a bottom picture. (Oooo..)

Actually, it's quite interesting to see what's swimming about and the various other underwater features.
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thanks for that last picture. It really helps. So the argument is that to have the throttle in the centre and able to go to full throttle it has to be mounted in an unacceptably low configuration?

No not at all, Mercury make a great centre mounted throttle control which is way better than the standard side mount supplied with the engine. Had one on my Ribtec and its much better so had no quarms about fitting one to the Pacific.

The advantage withthe sounder is it displays depth history as it scrolls across the page so you get to see how shallow its getting before you run aground. And as JW says gives a good idea of the bottom and whats down there.

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No not at all, Mercury make a great centre mounted throttle control which is way better than the standard side mount supplied with the engine. Had one on my Ribtec and its much better so had no quarms about fitting one to the Pacific.

The advantage withthe sounder is it displays depth history as it scrolls across the page so you get to see how shallow its getting before you run aground. And as JW says gives a good idea of the bottom and whats down there.

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This is a photo of my console with the Mercury centre mounted throttle control. I now have a Raymarine fishfinder fitted between the compass and the Raychart 435i. This GPS is just perfect and have also got the Navionics electronic chart of the English Channel. This is a must if you want to do serious cruising.
The battery switch which is visible is no longer there as it has been replaced by a dual battery switch and is lnow ocated inside the console

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Old 26 June 2004, 11:34   #20
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I think the issue is that Andre's console has a flat slanting face so no problem with the left hand Mercury throttle. The problem is that the Solent appears to have a slanting face with a more vertical dial panel at the top. Thus the left handle throttle will not be able to go to full becasue your hand hits the more vertical dial panel. Thus the throttle would have to be mounted unaceptably low.

Am I correct?
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