Furuno GP7000 For Deep Water Fishing

Hi fishos,

I currently have a Furuno GP7000 on board and would like to know whether anyone has incorporated a 1kw tranny with this unit and used it in 500-600m successfully?

I have heard a lot about the FCV588 and its capability of reading depths up to 700m with a 1kw tranny; but if I can avoid the cost of having to buy this unit and get away with the GP7000 + 1kw tranny, that would be a lot cheaper.

Feedback is appreciated.

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hey Cruise control, thanks

Wed, 2018-01-03 09:31

hey Cruise control,

thanks for your input, appreciate it. Will give them a go

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They will manage a 1Kw transducer

Fri, 2017-12-29 11:25

 According to a bit of research I did this morning. If you want to go deep dropping, you will need a 1kw transducer regardless, so why not just try one on the GP7000--if it doesn't work to expectations, then you go up to the purpose-built sounder. You just won't have as much vertical real estate on the screen with the combo-size screen. 

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Hey Ranmar850, Thanks for

Wed, 2018-01-03 09:35

Hey Ranmar850,

Thanks for your research. I will be getting a 1KW tranny. Might plug it into the GP7000 to see its capabilities. If no good then prob have to fork out another 2k for the FCV588

Thanks again,

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350m -400m

Fri, 2017-12-29 12:03

 Screen is small and hard to capture large drop offs.

 

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Hey Blank Cheque, The screen

Wed, 2018-01-03 09:37

Hey Blank Cheque,

The screen would only be 1 inch smaller than an FCV588 if used in full finder mode, do you think this is still too small?

Is anyone using other brands of sounders in say 650m of water successfully or is Furuno the only way to go?

Would the FCV588 be the next best option?

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I Run a 7000 along side my 295

Thu, 2018-01-04 15:05

 By the time you set your range to display a good reading and then follow up with the shift, as i mentioned the screen is then to small to chase  the drop off's. When using the shift option you loose most of the previouse  screen to the next shift depth selected. Pending on your drift  speed the time taken to pick up bottom again which can take a while at times, i have found my self over the droppeoff.

The screen is way to small in my opinion as for the above hence the 295, if your looking on flat bottom well yer yer nar

 

Gaz 

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Hey Gaz, Thanks for the

Wed, 2018-01-10 09:48

Hey Gaz,

Thanks for the comments. So are you running a GP7000 as your chart plotter and then a 295 for your sounder? What do you think of the screen size of the 588 for the deep?

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700m

Wed, 2018-01-03 14:57

 

 i had a foruno 585 and 1kw (tm260) had it set up perfectly, 

we fished about 450m max as no need to go further unless ur out for roughies or swordfish, 

 

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