bwahahaha right! They have less expensive models that may be sufficient? Or like Capt. Ralph said the current ones maybe just fine for my application? Ford!Get ready for the Ford vs Chevy vs Dodge replies brother. Lots of good systems to be had out there. I love my Garmin system as it's my first real offshore system and I know how it works. If you are considering the airmar 599 you are not screwing around.
Thanks for the reply, most of the fishing I will be doing is in the first 100, there are some exceptions, like halibut. Mostly salmon and rock fish in the PNW, until the tuna get here.Brother I'm no expert but I do know that the 3KW Airmar 599 + - $3,000 is for deep water. In fact I'm in the process of ordering one as we speak for swordfish. They are used mainly on the gulf and east coast for swordfish at depth and deep water fish...golden tiles etc. For fishing west coast style a 1KW chirp transducer such as the B175 (1KW) or B75 (600W) would probably fill the bill depending on the species you will be targeting. There are many variations in cone angle, low, high, wide, and combinations for varying depths. Some are better for some things than others.