Product Reviews: Fishfinders

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Garmin Striker 7sv Fishfinder

PROs:

  • Includes CHIRP SideVu, DownVu and traditional sonars
  • It ships with a tilt/swivel, trolling motor and transom mount, a CHIRP transducer and all the necessary cables

CONs:

  • No charts and no ability to load charts
  • Small 7 inch screen

The ConnectScale

PROs:

  • Weight in pounds, ounces or kilograms
  • Built-in thermometer in Fahrenheit and Celsius
  • Digital read out to 1/100th of a pound

CONs:

  • Only weighs up to 55 lbs
  • Requires 2 (AAA) batteries

Simrad ForwardScan Transducer

PROs:

  • Built in temperature sensor
  • Connects directly to Simrad NSS evo2, or NSO evo2 via SonarHub sounder module
  • Shallow depth alarm

CONs:

Nobeltec TimeZero Catch

PROs:

  • Instrument connection through NMEA 2000, NMEA 0183, and Furuno NavNet network by Ethernet
  • Supports MM3D Jeppesen, Navionics, or MapMedia charts
  • Free ocean data including Sea Surface Temperature and Altymetry

CONs:

  • Requires 40GB of free hard disk memory

Furuno FCV-587 Fish Finder

PROs:

  • Dual-Frequency 50/200 kHz
  • Large variety of transducer options
  • Installation hardware is included

CONs:

  • NMEA 0183 devices which use wiring that is part of the power cable may experience interference
  • No built-in NMEA 2000 capability

Humminbird ION Series MFD

PROs:

  • USB port and Dual SD card slot
  • TriFuel Cartography provides access to Navionics, C-MAP by Jeppesen, and Humminbird charts
  • Full NMEA 0183/2000 compatibility

CONs:

  • Wireless antenna accessory sold separately

Lowrance Elite-4 HDI Fishfinder/Chartplotter

PROs:

  • Regular fishfinding and downscannning
  • DownScan Overlay technology overlays DownScan Imaging onto Broadband Sounder
  • Multi-Window Display features pre-set page layouts

CONs:

  • No NMEA 2000 support

Raymarine Dragonfly

PROs:

  • 1500 nit colour screen with high visibility in sun
  • Tilt and swivel holster with quick release
  • User friendly three button control with joystick and dial

CONs:

  • Inability to network

Garmin GPSMAP 741

PROs:

  • 60% more processing power than previous generation models
  • 10 Hz Garmin GPS leads to very fluid vessel movement on plotter
  • Three mounting options: ball, flush and flat

CONs:

  • No networking (e.g. radar, sounder etc...) on the 741sx model

Furuno FCV-295

PROs:

  • Fog free LCD screen
  • Selectable operating frequency from 66 to 109kHz
  • Output power is selectable at 1,2, or 3 kW

CONs:

  • Can only be used in an enclosed wheelhouse because it's not waterproof
  • Reads well only till 800 ft.
  • Cannot be used with an external monitor
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