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Old 27 March 2007, 15:45   #1
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Lowrance X510C/X515C?

Has anyone any views/experience of either of the above echosounders/fishfinders, apparently both new for '07? The difference seems to be that one is fixed frequency @ 2400W, whilst the 515 is dual frequency @ 4000W. Obviously the higher power unit is going to have a greater depth capability, and potentially better resolution, but is the difference really worth having? Does the collective (no apologies for the ST allusion) have any views before I speak to Silva, and get their sales pitch?
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If you're using the unit in UK waters go for the X510, the single frequency transduceris better suited to these depths and will give you better resolution than anything else on the market!
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Ian,

I have just fitted the x102c which was rplaced by the 510, I think. The 102 is a single frequency unit and performs really well. We have used it in the Solent so it hasn't gone into really deep water, but it is great at high speeds. I have added fuel and sppeed as well as connecting it to the GPS for reliablilty.

PM me if you want to talk about it or about networking.

If ytou can, buy it in the US. The 102 mwas less that 160 pounds!
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Has anyone any views/experience of either of the above echosounders/fishfinders, apparently both new for '07? The difference seems to be that one is fixed frequency @ 2400W, whilst the 515 is dual frequency @ 4000W. Obviously the higher power unit is going to have a greater depth capability, and potentially better resolution, but is the difference really worth having? Does the collective (no apologies for the ST allusion) have any views before I speak to Silva, and get their sales pitch?

Lower frequency penetrates the water better (i.e. will give you returns at deeper depths.)

Higher frequency works better at shallower depths, giving a bit more detail, but does not penetrate as well.

For boaters and/or divers, a single freq (higher frequency) unit should do fine. Not too much worry about what's at the bottom if the water is 200' or 2000'. For fishermen, that's a different story.

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Is anyone aware of good deals on the Lowrance GlobalMap 5200C and/or X510C?
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Ian - here are some links to online stores in the US, which stock the X510c:

http://www.fishfinder-store.com/

http://www.fishfindercity.com/lox55cofi.html

Personally, I'd go for the Eagle Seacharter 502 iGPS, which is a combined Lowrance dual frequency fishfinder and internal aerial GPS for around the same price as the x510c fishfinder. Although it doesn't have Lowrance.NET functionality
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Consider buying these from a US supplier. They are less than half price and shipping is usually quicker than from UK outlets.

We went for two networked units so that we were covered if one display failed. A consideration if you are going well offshore.
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