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Hi Ian

If it is just a fishfinder you are after then how about this
Eagle SeaFinder 640C DF 5" 640x480 256 colour Sunlight TFT display , dual frequency 4000W. £499.00inc

The pixel count will give a good picture and dual frequency for the deep marks you fish.
To view the Eagle web site look here http://www.eaglegps.com/Products/Sonar/SeaFinder640CDF.htm

List from JG Technologies of Weymouth. http://www.jgtech.co.uk/page3.htm Most of the charter and commercial guys localy get their equipment from here.

Hope it helps

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Lowrance x515C DF Colour TFT Display 480x480 pixels 4000 watt. £459
http://www.lowrance.com/Products/Marine/X515CDF.asp

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Eagle SeaFinder 640C DF 5" 640x480 256 colour Sunlight TFT display , dual frequency 4000W. £499
http://www.eaglegps.com/Products/Sonar/seafinder640cdf.htm

or
Raymarine DS500X 5" with triducer with speed and temperature £469
http://www.raymarine.com/raymarine/...ION=2&PAGE=766&product_id=1704&ResourceID=895


All prices from JG Tech.... http://www.jgtech.com/shop7.htm

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The DS500X is a great unit, i have it.
The new Raymarine HD Digital Technology is very good, it cuts out all the clutter you get on the screen.
It`s not the highest resoulotion screen but the quality is first class.

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Hi Tom and Marie K. and Alan

Thanks for your posts

Regards to the raymarine

I have a Lowrance chart plotter and can link them together through the NMEA 0183

Is there any advantage in having this capability as my plotter/fishfinder sit side by side. Does it clutter up the screen unnecessarily.

Also has the tranducer got the built in temp readings. The advert doesn't make it clear
 

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As for the NMEA on the fishfinder, i dont use it.
Couldn`t see the point of having my position and waypoint displayed on the screen, just takes up space.
Yes you do get the temp displayed, also get a graph showing water temp over the last 60 mins
Download the manual and have a look at page 31-32

http://www.raymarine.com/raymarine/SubmittedFiles/Handbooks/Fishfinders/81234_1www.pdf

Quote from JG Tech site
"Raymarine DS500X 5" with triducer with speed and temperature E63057, £469.00 inc"



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I`m sure you will be happy with it.:)
Let us know what you think.
Don`t forget,as with any fishfinder the correct fitting and placement of the transducer is important for correct operation.
Any problems just ask.

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I am also interested in updating my FF for a colour sounder , I was going to buy the Raymarine DS400X which has all the same features of the DS500X except the screen size is 3.5" against 5" , is the difference in size really worth the difference in price ,,,, nearly 200 quid
 

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The cheaper colour fishfinders all have a smaller Screen.
I think its personal choice really and what you can afford at the time.
Having tried 5 or 6 different fishfinders in the past and not being happy with them i`m a firm believer of getting the best you can afford.
The small screens work just as well but the bigger the screen the easier it is to look at.
Also, it depends on the room you have on your boat to fit it.

Alan
 
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Agree with Alan here.

There IS some snobbery involved in the "mines bigger than yours" brigade, but the larger screen makes a world of difference if it is being used in earnest (eg: Drifting a wreck).
If it is simply being used as a glorified depth guage then a small cheap screen will be fine.

For serious use, get the best you can stretch to.

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Ianz,
If you want to have a look at my DS500X then your welcome.
I sent you a PM.

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I`m sure you will be happy with it.:)
Let us know what you think.
Don`t forget,as with any fishfinder the correct fitting and placement of the transducer is important for correct operation.
Any problems just ask.

Alan
Thanks Alan

I had a Lowrance 85 which used to take ages to update when depth changes dropped rapidly in to waters over 400 ft. I am hoping this set will be able to keep up
 
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