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Nemesis posted 03-28-2006 09:52 AM ET (US)   Profile for Nemesis   Send Email to Nemesis  
I recently took on the challenge of trying to find the correct fishfinder for my Montauk. Here's what I'm looking for:

-A fishfinder with a transom mount
-Speed, Temp, Depth
-Color Graphics
-Price range $300 or less
-Don't mind it it's refurbished so long as it has a warranty

So far, I haven't found much aside from the Raymarine DS400X and even those are pretty pricey for the refurbished units no less! I also saw some Garmin 250C's out there but they were more pricey. Any suggestions [for a color SONAR unit under $300]?


bsmotril posted 03-28-2006 10:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
Garmin just rolled out their new 2006 models. There's a lot of the older style ones on sale at Boaters World and West Marine right now that fit your requirements. BillS
cj5732 posted 03-28-2006 04:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for cj5732  Send Email to cj5732     
The Humminbird 383c does all that for 400 dollars. Nice unit, I got one installed on my 17 SS. This unit just came out a little over a month ago.
jimh posted 03-28-2006 09:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Perhaps those who are taking on the challenge of compiling a list of color SONAR units available for under $300 will post a list of the manufacturer and model number.
bsmotril posted 03-29-2006 10:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
Boater's World has the Eagle Fisheasy 320C for $219 on sale now.
bsmotril posted 03-29-2006 10:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
They also have the Lowrance X67C for $250. BillS
jimh posted 03-30-2006 09:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
In order to get SONAR, speed, and temperature, you need three transducers or some combination, typically SONAR in one and speed and temperature in another. These transducers typically cost about $75 each, so you can anticipate that about $150 of the cost will go for transducers.

In order to meet the the required price point of under $300, this means that the fish finder unit will have to be selling for less than $150.

Are there any color SONAR units selling under $150? This seems incredibly low cost. It was not long about people paid $400 for a top-of-the-line grayscale fish finder.

For those working on the challenge of compiling the list, you have your task before you!

bigjohn1 posted 03-30-2006 05:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     
Don't expect top-quality performance out of a unit in that price range - no matter what the brand. That said, if you are lake fishing in relatively shallow fresh water, the cheaper units are probably fine. I can't count the number of saltwater fishermen I have fished with in the past 2 years who tried to save a buck on their sonar and later regretted it. Their main complaint out of the cheaper units was not being able to hold the bottom in choppy water at speed.
David Livingstone posted 04-05-2006 08:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Livingstone  Send Email to David Livingstone     
I've used a Raymarine L365 for eight years in four different boats. It does a great job. It has depth, speed and temp (temp is handy for fall shark fishing). The only problem is that the only color it comes in is gray. I'm waiting for this one to wear out before I buy a color one.
Two hundred years out of the highlands but I stay have allot of Scotch in me:)


Chuck Tribolet posted 04-05-2006 10:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Scotch whisky or Scotch thriftyness? ;-)


Dick posted 04-06-2006 06:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I had a Raymarine L365 on my 17 Montauk and was real happy with it. I plan on putting the same thing on my new 150 Montauk when it gets here. I can't justify the additional cost for color.

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