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llewellyn posted 07-17-2001 10:08 AM ET (US)   Profile for llewellyn   Send Email to llewellyn  
Does anyone know anything about this model depth/fishfinder? It is on a 1988 Montauk.
Thank you, Lew
Whaletosh posted 07-17-2001 10:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
Same as the Lowrance X-65; but software scewed towards saltwater use. Shipped with an 8 degree Xducer instead of the 20 degree normally used on the X-65. Uses al the same accessories and parts.


Dick E posted 07-17-2001 06:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick E  Send Email to Dick E     
I had a Seaview 1200 this was equal to the X-65.I think the 1600 is about equal to the x-85 in resolution .
Call Lowrance and ask them to be sure 1-800-324-1356.
My Seaview did not have battery back up.
To me you need 240 x240 pixels to show good detail in any graph.
Whaletosh is right about cone size ans salt water use
lhg posted 07-17-2001 08:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I am currently using a Sea View 2000 on my 18 Outrage. This is a very compact combination unit, with 3000 Watt dual frequency sonar, and 5 channel GPS, differential ready, which I have done. Cost about a grand in 1995. The 1600 unit is only one step down from the 2000, and doesn't have the dual frequency function or GPS, but otherwise looks the same. Sea View was only made for 4 years, and they were similar to the Eagle brand, except for the standard 8 degree transducer, vs the usual 20 degree. They are a good product, made by Lowrance for sale by the discount houses.

The larger 8 degree skimmer transucer is VERY difficult to install properly without a LOT of spray. I never liked it, and recently swithed over to the little 20 degree skimmer sender, far superior in my estimation. Best transducer design on the market as far as I am concerned. I think the design of the transducer is one of the important considerations in purchasing a sonar unit.

Whaletosh posted 07-18-2001 09:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
I concurr with Larry on Lowrances Skimmer transducer. It is by far the easiest to install and have work on plane.

On the advice of a local sporting goods store, D & R Sports, I bought a Garmin Fishfinder 240. This unit has the usual wedged shape "hockey puck" transducer. I was very reluctant to get it for fear of mounting the transducer. Well,I got lucky it works great.

But, I had a bad experience with a Humminbird and have talked with other people that have had similar problems. I have never run into anybody that has used a Skimmer transducer that didn't have it work immediately.


llewellyn posted 07-18-2001 10:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for llewellyn  Send Email to llewellyn     
Many thanks, guys. Lew
llewellyn posted 08-13-2001 09:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for llewellyn  Send Email to llewellyn     
Regarding the 1600 Seaview, the back light doesn't work so Lowrance is sending me an X85
with the smaller skimmer and swivel mount for $99. I agree with lgh (Larry?); the spray from the 8degree is submarine-like! Thanks again, Lew
dgp posted 08-13-2001 09:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
What a deal! That's another reason to consider Lowrance. Great customer service!
llewellyn posted 08-17-2001 10:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for llewellyn  Send Email to llewellyn     
LHG and Whaletosh, were you able to use the same bracket/mount for the small skimmer that the larger one uses? I hate to drill new holes in the boat. Thanks, Lew
lhg posted 08-17-2001 01:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Unfortunately, the holes are not the same. I just finished a repair of the old transom holes on mine. It's a much easier job than most realize. Drill out the old holes with 1/4" bit, about 1 1/2" deep, glue or epoxy premade grooved wood pegs into the plywood, use a countersink bit to "v" out the glass and roughen it up, fill with gelcoat (2nd application may be necessary if it shrinks a little) and sand, buff. Use the paste gelcoat. Transom will be like new.
Whaletosh posted 08-17-2001 04:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
Larry's got it, patching the holes are easy. Done right nobody will be able to tell. You might be able to re-use one of the holes.
llewellyn posted 08-18-2001 04:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for llewellyn  Send Email to llewellyn     
Many thanks, guys. How do you patch/mix the gel coat; is it Whaler gel coat?
Whaletosh posted 08-19-2001 11:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
The best bet is to get some form Spectrum Color.

(800) 754-5516

they can match your hull and the paste gelcoat sets up without the need to cover it.

llewellyn posted 08-21-2001 01:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for llewellyn  Send Email to llewellyn     
Thanks, again.
vinman posted 03-17-2010 08:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for vinman  Send Email to vinman     
how much is the seaview 1600 worth andis it reliable
jimh posted 03-18-2010 08:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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