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Old 02-06-2014, 10:58 PM   #1
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Default Looking for a fish finder

Nothing crazy and I’ve read for about a week on this and I’m aware of all the reviews, options, price points, etc.
Probably under 300.00 US. Just wondering if someone has something they love and would like to share why?

EDIT: I would also very much like a transducer that glues/affixes whatever… to the bottom of the hull internally rather than mounting something else out back.
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:08 AM   #2
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I have a Lorance combo unit but it cost ~$700. Has transom mount transduce and paddle wheel speedo/temp sensor.

You can mount a transom mount transduce in the engine compartment by bonding it to the hull, key is to make sure there are no air bubbles in the bonding material. Most manufactures also sell an internal transduce as an option.
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Old 02-07-2014, 01:18 AM   #3
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On my 3000 I have the factory depth finder and it has the shoot through the hull transducer. It works part-time if that. I installed a hummingbird model on my dash and it works great. I mounted ,on the starboard side, the transducer on the outside transom.

I have not had any luck with shoot through the hull transducers thus why I like put them on the transom.I go 5 or 35 I have a reading.

Darren there are many models and brands out there with plenty of great websites to buy from. Overton's is my favorite. Look around and you can find everything that fits your needs.

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Old 02-07-2014, 02:23 AM   #4
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Roger, mine is the same and has the same results…. Shotty at best. Guess I should be used to making holes in her after installing the docking lights and Corsa exhaust.
Maybe I’m more confident with bigger holes (yes, I just got punched)

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Lowrance Elite-5 (fish finder/chart plotter) on 2400 SCR, transducer installed in engine compartment with high grade epoxy, works well for me. Check with West Marine, they put this on sale once in a while. Got mine for $349.99.
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My transducer died - replaced it with this shot through - http://www.blueheronmarine.com/Datam...r-P79-RCA-7515. Even has the RCA connection to work with the original depth gage (not a fish finder). Mounted about where the old one was (in front of the starboard engine). Works great!
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I just bought the lowrance elite 5 DSI for $299 on cabelas site. combo color unit. I've seen some great sales on them there but they don't last long. One hour after I bought mine they were sold out.
Lowrance are nice units. Stay clear of hummingbird, they are garbage.
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Dang that's a smoken deal, and that's exactly the one I'm leaning towards. Overtons has it on sale right now for 379.00 http://www.overtons.com/modperl/prod...3&merchID=4006

299.00 sounds a lot better, I'll keep looking.
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Just called Cabells, there is a store 3 miles from me. Apparently they are phasing these out for the new model and are not going to get anymore in.

(Also 299.00 http://www.cabelas.com/product/Lowra...h-All+Products )

So…. He said I could have the display model (with box and all accompanying hardware) for 279.00!! Going to pick it up now. Thanks for the tip! WooHoo
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BB....who told you that humminbird 's were garbage? I have had these depth finders on my boats for many years and have never had a problem.

Just curious.. that all...

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