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Old 13 February 2009, 09:49   #1
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Lowrance "echo sounder"

I have not a lot of space on my console and so the whole idea of a fishfinder becomes a bit of a pain to package. (to put this in perspective I have yet to figure out where to put the tacho which is currently sat in an ice cream tub held down by a bit of Bungee....)

So, I tripped over this, which in theory solves a lot of problems: http://www.lowrance.com/en/Products/...pecifications/ - it will fit a "standard" size small instrument hole, and tell me what I need to know - namely how much water there is or isn't under the boat.

So, anyone used one? if so, what's your thoughts on it? I guess it's too new for anyone to give a long term durability report.....
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Old 13 February 2009, 15:57   #2
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New? They've had something similar (don't know if the model was the same) for quite a while.

Most of the large charter dive boats I've been on had a depth guage as a backup to the fishfinder (one fishing boat had two: one forward and one aft, with the displays viewable from on-deck.)

Don't see that it would be a bad thing, though a picture of the bottom is nice to have on occasion, depending on what you're trying to do.

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Old 13 February 2009, 17:18   #3
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You can also pick up something similiar on ebay that has a small gauge and transducer. I don't think they are that expensive........
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These look identical to the electronic gauges I have on my boat. As far as I am aware, these are merely repeaters taking their information for display from the (much larger) GPS Plotter/Fish Finder sitting right next door to them. The whole thing is connected on the NMEA 2000 Network.

Hope this helps.
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Old 24 February 2009, 11:39   #5
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These look identical to the electronic gauges I have on my boat. As far as I am aware, these are merely repeaters taking their information for display from the (much larger) GPS Plotter/Fish Finder sitting right next door to them. The whole thing is connected on the NMEA 2000 Network.
The digital depth guage can be a repeater, or it can be a standalone unit (well, standalone in that you do not need a full-function head unit. You still need a transducer.)

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