Ask PYS: Fishfinders

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Does PYS Offer Consulting Services?, on Aug 16, 2016 asked:

I have seen your YouTube videos of the boat show classes. Nice work! You are knowledgeable. Since I am in San Diego, I cannot come in and see you, but am wondering if you are available for hire as a consultant? My wife and I are having a 53 foot offshore sailing catamaran built that we plan to circumnavigate. I specified B&G over Raymarine, since I have heard from multiple sources that Raymarine’s quality was low over the past few years, but is now improving under FLIR. However, I hear B&G is still good quality, fewer repairs. In addition, B&G has a plant in Ensenada, Mexico which is 70 miles away. I am not an engineer, therefore my trade-off is to have less bells and whistles and/or “technical” systems in exchange for fewer repairs and quality construction since we are going to be in remote places and I don’t want to deal with repairs in or out of civilization. The builder will install the chosen system and space is available for any size. Can I hire you for your advice? -Bryan

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Patrick – Laptop with Navigation vs. Chartplotter, on Nov 16, 2014 asked:

I have an older 26 ft. Campion Sport Cruiser and I am researching which chartplotter gives me the best bang for my money. I keep coming back to a hand held GPS (or mounted antenna) in combination with a cheap laptop with navigation software installed. For the cost of one of the new chartplotters I can get a much bigger screen, better resolution, more computing power, a multi-functioning machine that I can replace four or five times before I come close to matching the price of one of the new HD chartplotter/fishfinders that are mentioned in the latest Pacific Yachting issue. Why wouldn't I do this and spend the money saved on a new fishing rod and an electric downrigger?

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Max, on Jun 07, 2013 asked:

Can the Raymarine Dragonfly by adjusted to be slightly more forward looking?

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Carlos, on Apr 30, 2013 asked:

I live in Brazil and am interested in buying a Furuno FCV-587, do you have any in stock?

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Jim, on Mar 04, 2013 asked:

I live in Port Moody and the boat is in the front of my house, could PYS come to this location? The previous owner had installed a Raymarine c127 12" screen. GPS and fish finder/sounder work but radar shows no data available and doesn't work.

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Rob, on Jan 24, 2013 asked:

I have a Raymarine 470 depth sounder and the transducer cable runs very close to the power cable for the VHF where the cables pass to the bridge. The main bang on the transducer causes interference in the form of a clicking sound on the VHF. Is there anything I can use to stop this?

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Janet, on Aug 09, 2011 asked:

My sounder doesn't work at high speeds. Is this an electrical problem?

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Dale, on Feb 22, 2011 asked:

I am interested in a chartplotter/fishfinder combo to use when I go fishing. I heard about the Garmin GPSMAP 720s. On Garmin's website the 720s is listed as a sounder. What is the difference between a depth sounder, a fishfinder and sonar?

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