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JAC posted 02-01-2001 09:04 AM ET (US)   Profile for JAC   Send Email to JAC  
I'm in the process of choosing a new sonar unit for my 18' Outrage. With the desire for high definition and large display area I have narrowed the field to the Furuno6000/200kHz, RaytheonL470, Lorance X85 and the Hummingbird Wide Paramount. They all cost the about the same and the comparisons (on paper) seem simular. Does anyone have first hand experiences with these units ? Since the local shops have told me all about the good features I an most interested in the shortcomings you all have seen.
Another more expensive option is the Sitex107, a color CRT system. Is anyone using this model ? Thanks for your advise.
triblet posted 02-01-2001 11:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
I have a Humminbird Wide 3D Paramount. It
works fine.


Hoop posted 02-02-2001 12:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
JAC - I have a Lowrance X-85. Screen clarity is terrific, even in bright sunlight. The display has lots of pixels and is very readable. And you can add all kinds of options ... 50/192khz, 8degree cone or 20 degree cone, speed/temp transducer. And then it gets pricey - that's the 'limitation'. Lowrance has now come out with new GPS/depthfinder models - better than their previous ones, and I'm thinking about upgrading. The new unit would be about $1200. When you really up the possible upgrade to the X-85, you're getting up there in price.

Related, but a different topic: I mounted it on a JohnnyRay swivel that, in turn, I mounted on a piece of black plastic trimmed by TAP plastics to fit the triangularly shaped JohnnyRay swivel base. I drilled my 1 inch hole and mounted the traingular swivel directly on top of the hole, with cut-outs in the black plastic piece the exact size of the hole and cables. It makes for a slick looking installation - no separate, visible hole for the cables. Hoop

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