Replacement for LCX-15T sonar
Any advice on replacing a LCX-15CT sonar ?
I won it in a competition a couple of years ago and itís always been cr*p (maybe they sent me an ex-demo model or something).
I use it to find wrecks (diving), but even stationary, on a calm sea, with the engine off, it struggles to find a flat seabed if the depth is anything beyond 40m.
After much fiddling about, I found that putting the sensitivity at 100%, Surface clarity and noise reduction at medium it will find the seabed and identify big lumps. But as soon as the engine is on, even just ticking over, interference is so bad, and if combined with a choppy sea itís more faith than science that the trace youíre looking at actually is the wreck you want.
Transducer is placed at the lowest part of the outside of the transom, well below water, at the same point as the ~ 20 years old Eagle sounder I replaced (which could easily find flattened wrecks well beyond the capabilities of the Lowrance). If I hadnít given the Eagle away Iíd be re-fitting it !
Now that the GPS on the Lowrance has packed in itís time to cut my losses; Iíd prefer separate GPS & sonar but havenít a clue what sonar is good; basically I want the features of the Lowrance but with the resolution / lack of interference of my old Eagle so I can easily spot small features on a seabed up to 50 metres below.
Sorry for the long winded rant; thanks for listening.