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Old 16 May 2004, 16:51   #1
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Looking for a new fishfinder?so many tho

what is a good fishfinder round about the middle of the road price mark,replacing an old eagle,and where the best place to buy them
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Old 16 May 2004, 17:54   #2
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Navman are quite good and so are raytheon I am told that Garmins however aren't too clever.

I allways used to buy practical boat owner and boat mart and get a guide price from the advertisers . Pumpkin Marine always seemed to have a reasonable deal on.

If Dirk Diggler tells you otherwise listen to him for he is truly wise when it comes to buying boat stuff
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Old 16 May 2004, 17:56   #3
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I wouldn't buy another Garmin sounder after the last one, a 240 blue
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Old 16 May 2004, 19:37   #4
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I bought a Navman that I thought was a very reasonable price (£133 for a 4150 to include speed and temp) could go for the 4200 and also pay £80 and get the fuel transducer that monitors the MPG/KPL

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Old 17 May 2004, 07:32   #5
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I'd definitely buy another Lowrance. IMHO I think they are one of the best built fishfinders/chartplotters on the market and ours has yet to give up on us despite taking a fair soaking and battering about. It's a Lowrance LMS 320 DF Chartplotter/Sounder and is the best i've used for high speed sonar readings. Eagle fishfinders are essentially Lowrance, rebadged and in a different colour.

Have a look at www.onlinemarine.com

(Buying from the US generally only works out cheaper if you're buying an expensive product or are buying several products, because of the delivery charge. As for import tax, they shipped my order with the invoice inside the packaging so it just looked like a personal package and I didn't get caught.)
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Old 17 May 2004, 08:37   #6
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I wouldn't buy another Garmin sounder after the last one, a 240 blue
I have a garmin 240blue - what problems did you have?
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Old 17 May 2004, 09:46   #7
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(Buying from the US generally only works out cheaper if you're buying an expensive product or are buying several products, because of the delivery charge. As for import tax, they shipped my order with the invoice inside the packaging so it just looked like a personal package and I didn't get caught.)
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Old 17 May 2004, 10:13   #8
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I have at the moment a lowrance gps chartplotter fishfinder lcX 15 ci(now called 18 ci) never had better i am a specialist in fishing seabass testing lures for japanese company
These machine are very accurate in any of their features and very reliable;knowing how manyjumps has made my rib
i had before hummingbird ;one breakdown+moisture behind the screen when it was raining
i don't know what you can get in GB but for me no match in France
my only concern they are too expensive
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I would agree, in general.........

with all the above, however, would add that it's a little like buying a T.V - Video - Camera - Microwave, etc, etc. They all pretty much do about the same, are made to pretty much the same standard and cost pretty much about the same. So, buy what looks easiest to use based upon the needs you have and the functions required to meet the same whilst not breaking the bank. Oh, and whichever one looks the prettiest on your dash
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I have a garmin 240blue - what problems did you have?
It keeps losing the bottom especially between 5-15 knots, moving the transducer about improves matters but it is still not a patch on the Lowrance sounders I have used fitted to other boats.
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.
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