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Old 18 January 2004, 15:37   #1
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Which fish finder?

Well an order for a new boat will more than likely go in next weekend(at last).

Decided on a silva s10, Garmin 176c and just got the FF to sort out.

I know theres been a lot of complaints about Garmin fishfinders although the only 2 ive used have worked fine and Andre assures me his Garmin FF does too.

Have they sorted out the problems in the new FF 120?

Im limited to 150, what would you guys suggest?

thanks a lot.
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Old 18 January 2004, 15:53   #2
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Garmin Fish Finders

I have used several different F/F on all my the various fishing boats I have been on or owned.

IMHO Garmin are the best, followed closely by Hummingbird. However, I get the feeling that most of the people who complain about them not functioning properly are always at high speeds. THIS IS NOT WHAT THEY ARE FOR!

Gps covers the location & speed side of things, if you are trying to search the bottom at 25knots plus for a wreck then good luck.

Fish finders work brilliantly at slow speed giving bottom definition aswell as findfing fish. I fish my the Solent all year, I locate my spot with GPS first, then check F/F to see the bottom to search the sandbanks and holes.

If used correctly at the right speed they will give many hours of service and I always come home with at least one decent Fish.

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Old 18 January 2004, 16:09   #3
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Concure wirh Aging Youth. GARMIN are great. Always used GARMIN FF and GPS never had a prob EVER!!
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Well thats reasuring, thanks guys.
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Old 18 January 2004, 16:12   #5
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Hi folks

I disagree with Aging Youth.

I agree that your not likley to find many wrecks or fish at 25Kts, BUT it is very useful to know if your entering shallow water, sand banks etc.

The Garmins I have did work at slow speeds, sub 5KTS.
But other fishfinders I have had Lowrance, Eagle & Echopilot have worked at all speeds. Given the choice I would go for one that works at all speeds and with 1100 quid of props below me I want to know how much water I have at ALL speeds.

Last week when we has out, we was approx 2 miles offshore and I aborted following another RIB when I got down to 6 feet below me, and I was doing 20Kts at the time. Running aground in a force 8 just is not a option.

Given your budget I vote for the Lowrance X51, which I use.

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Old 18 January 2004, 16:16   #6
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Yeah, although my FF160 Blue doesn't give a bottom picture for around 5knots between 15 and 20 knots, what info it does get back is the depth as a number which is fine for my purposes.

The screen is nice and clear, and the menu is a doddle to work through without ever reading the manual.

The transducer I have isn't the smallest in the world, and it pops up occasionally in the more choppy waters, but it's fine and does the job. I put a pic on another thread last week about these units...
<touch wood> I have not had any water ingress into any of my electronic equipment as yet - the Garmin FF160B, GPS Map 182, and Icom 503 with DS100 seem quite nicely sealed.

edit -> it'd be nice to have a forward looking sounder, but I think they're pretty expensive.
When we went out to The Smalls lighthouse with La Bamba last year, at one point depth reduced to 3 metres from 20 metres, thankfully it went backup again, but doing 25 knots we wouldn't have been able to stop in a hurry if it had dropped any more.

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Old 18 January 2004, 16:17   #7
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GaryG I have a Garmin GPS/Map Sounder and works fine to speeds up to 20 knots.

AlexB we seem to have the same ste up of electronics LOLOL
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Old 18 January 2004, 16:27   #8
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This was the bottom image as we went through Ramsey Sound last year - I have yet to find out if 100metres is accurate, but there were some good whirlpools going beneath us at the time. It did however still show the bottom quite clearly.
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How much is the 160 blue?
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Old 18 January 2004, 16:48   #10
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approx 200 I think - can't remember how much I paid exactly without finding receipts I'm afraid.
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