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SONAR: Color Units Under $300
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posted 03-28-2006 09:52 AM ET (US)
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
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]?
posted 03-28-2006 10:25 AM ET (US)
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
posted 03-28-2006 04:02 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 03-28-2006 09:35 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 03-29-2006 10:14 AM ET (US)
Boater's World has the Eagle Fisheasy 320C for $219 on sale now.
posted 03-29-2006 10:33 AM ET (US)
They also have the Lowrance X67C for $250. BillS
posted 03-30-2006 09:48 AM ET (US)
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!
posted 03-30-2006 05:06 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 04-05-2006 08:40 PM ET (US)
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:)
posted 04-05-2006 10:43 PM ET (US)
Scotch whisky or Scotch thriftyness? ;-)
posted 04-06-2006 06:46 PM ET (US)
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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