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Old 08-03-2011, 23:54   #1
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Depth Finder Suggestions?

Hi all! I am new to the forum and own/live aboard a '37 1979 Her Shine trawler. Recently, my Heathkit (don't laugh, it worked great) depth finder decided to retire. I am now looking to replace it with another thru hull DF. Since electronics is not my forte, does anyone have any suggestions on a mid-range basic DF with a repeater unit for flybridge? I don't need bells and whistles, I just need to get where I am going and not spend the night on the hard.

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Old 09-03-2011, 01:19   #2
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Re: Depth Finder Suggestions?

Generally, the mid-range Transducers are all made by the same company (Airmar) and then the various Marine Electronics manufacturers provide the readouts and package them up together.

So pick the company (Raymarine, Garmin, et al) that you like, or who's instruments you have elsewhere on the boat and go with them.

There isn't much difference between any of them when it comes to a simple depth sounder
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Re: Depth Finder Suggestions?

Michelle, we have both Raymarine (C80) and a Garmin 555s on board and would be happy to recommend either manufacturer. I think the small Garmin is probably easier to use a bit more intuitive.

However, I think your looking for the display to be located in more than one location, flybridge and main helm which will be a bit more tricky, but achievable. Watch the small Raymarine sonars, some won't take AIS if you want to go down that route and I would.

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Re: Depth Finder Suggestions?

Do you want just depth or a picture of the bottom? I use a cheapo Eagle "fish finder" with a glassed in "puck" shooting down but slightly angled forward and glassed just in front of my shower sump about a foot ahead of the leading edge of my keel.

It works surprisingly well. I can see fish and the more metallic sort of wreckage. More to the point, I can select the "big numbers" display and read depths (offset for the puck's position below the waterline) from the cockpit.

Some of the new fishfinders record water temperature as well, which is a nice thing to have if you are looking for the Gulf Stream at night.
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