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Old 17 May 2004, 10:54   #11
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Once it loses the bottom it takes ages to reaquire, sometimes gets confused about what range it should be on and shows two bottoms occassionally when near a steep slope due to the signal being bounced about. sometimes it needs switched off to "unconfuse it"
None of the other sounders I have ever used exhibited these problems.
I had that problem on a Lowrance X75?? when it was set to Auto on the range....a real pain in the arse when you were trying to shot a wreck and it kept jumping about especially on the wrecks that lie on a slope. When I reset the range to manual it was great and I would buy another one. Previous to that I had 3 Raytheon 465 in two weeks, would NOT buy one of them.
Andy

P.s The new Raymarine Hdf sounder is fantastic for clarity....just hope its lasts longer than the 465 did
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Old 17 May 2004, 13:43   #12
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The Garmin 240 had a bug that made it "funny" on auto, uploaded the new software supposedly with the "fix" but it doesn't seem to have made it any better. It does this on set ranges anyway so I wasn't expecting much. I am looking into putting the transducer in the hull to see it it helps
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Old 17 May 2004, 16:23   #13
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Hi folks

Had similar problems with my Garmin 160 Blue as well.

Would not buy another Garmin sounder.

Went Lowrance X51, was about 150 quid and it works great.
Screen a little small but great detail & resolution.
Very seldom looses bottton lock and only when conditions get rough and the transon start to get air ubder it.
Had a Eagle a while ago which was also good (but as already been said these are rebadged Lowrances)

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Old 17 May 2004, 16:56   #14
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I've got a Furuno LS4100 retails at 210 inc. Really good and I've got my choice as I'm in the trade.

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Old 17 May 2004, 17:05   #15
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Rupert Bear,
Correction - mine is 160 blue not 240 (getting carried away!) - but can't say I have had problem of loosing bottom unless transom out of water. I have the transducer "shooting" through the hull - better on polyurethane sealant - only problem is it keeps showing fish which I can't catch!!
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Old 18 May 2004, 05:01   #16
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I have just recieved a Garmin 320 to try out, don't know much about it yet.

I'm having a little problem with it loosing to bottom at arounf 23 knots, but I think I just have to lover the transduser a little

Beforehand I had a Furuno, it was super, but the front was not waterproof

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Furuno LS4100 is waterproof, some of the earlier models were not but now very good
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