If you had 1000 to spend on a FF/transducer.....

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  1. Dudley613

    Dudley613 Well-Known "Member"

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    Hey guys, searched around a little bit but just looking for a tip, Im remodeling a 20ft bayrunner open and need to upgrade the electronics. I was looking at the lowrance hook 7 but not a fan of the customer service that I've read about on here. I like the lay out of simrad but idk there is so much out there. Fishing wise id be 70% freshwater and 30% cat trips and local stuff. Let me know what you think
     
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    I'm pretty happy with my simrad go7... I only wish I had the nss for radar support. It's easy to use and does a lot for the money. Just my opinion and I'm not saying it's the best for under a grand. The transducer is okay but I will eventually upgrade it to a through hull.
     
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    You don't need to spend $1k for freshwater in my opinion but if you must a thousand my vote would go to the Furuno GP-1870F and the 1kw airmar transducer.
     
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    I was curious if aluminum disrupts the thru hull capabilities
     
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    Are you confusing through hull and in hull? A through hull should be fine. You cannot use a in hull transducer in an aluminum boat from what I understand.
     
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    Yes a in hull is what I was referring to, seems like the call both of those styles thru hull
     
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    To be honest, my biggest complaint on the transducer is that it loses bottom at a fairly slow speed. It marks bottom pretty well and the structure scan is cool in shallow water. Make sure you post pictures of the bayrunner remodel.
     
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    I'm looking at the Simrad go7 online, seems pretty nice. Maybe I'll update the transducer, that should put me a little over my budget. I'm gonna start a thread of the build.
     
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    I'd say try the transducer it comes with. You may like it. My boat displaces a lot more water than your bayrunner will, so keeping a transom mount transducer in clean water may be easier for you. Good luck with your purchase and don't rule out other brands. The furuno mentioned above would be a fine choice as well.
     
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    Good idea! I'll post up what I buy on the thread I start. Thanks for the help. I've always like the layouts of the new Simrads, dragonfly doesn't look bad either
     
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    Hey there, I have the 1870f Furuno and love it! Mine will read bottom at 50mph in 100ft of water with the Airmar transom mount ducer. Captain Larry
     
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    Thanks Larry, I gotta see if that ducer will work with the G07, I really like the simplicity of the simrad stuff
     
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    Just installed the GO7 in ours. Was having trouble reading bottom at first. Then lowered the ducer about 1/2 inch and it can read bottom now at 23mph. But think the side scan is looking funky now. Need to get some screen shots up. So far I really like the unit.
     
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    Let me know what you find out. I'll be ordering this unit shorty
     
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    I would do GO9 or a Remanufactured NSS9EVO2. It's a little over $1K but worth the extra. 7" is pretty small.

    Use one of the factory skimmers until you can upgrade transducer.

    You can, but it needs to be stainless steel.
     
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    Furuno 628 and the 600w transducer with temp.
     
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    Get the Furuno. They never break. Mine is 20 years next year and going strong!
     
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    I agree with the furuno, no issues since 04, radar and ff works flawless.
     
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    Went with the simrad Go7 with the total scan ducer
     

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