Hi guys anyone run one of these furuno sounder/chartplotter units?

Would love to hear your experiences with these units.



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Thu, 2020-12-10 20:30

I’m running the gp1971f as my sounder/ back up plotter, they are a awesome mfd all the usual furuno sounder goodness 1kw capable ect wireless radar. Love the mirror control app/function hook the iPad up and view and control the unite wirelessly from down the back of the boat. 

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 Hi, what depth have you used

Thu, 2020-12-10 20:49

 Hi, what depth have you used it out to?

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 Transducer will determine

Thu, 2020-12-10 20:52

 Transducer will determine what depth it will operate in not the unit itself.

whack a 1kw on it and you will be fishing in the 400's no problem. 

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Started with

Fri, 2020-12-11 05:40

started with the airmar 600w transducer that it came with happily read bottom at 160mtrs at 10/12knts running 1kw now been to 400mtrs no worries all comes down to transducer placement and tuning.

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 What 1kw transducer you

Sun, 2021-04-25 17:53

 What 1kw transducer you running mate?

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Had a GP1971F

Mon, 2021-04-26 22:55

I'm boatless now, but on my old 7m ...
I upgraded my Furuno FCV582L to the GP1971F unit.
From what I could see/detirmine from my research, these GP1x71F units have the same sounding/technical specs as their more expensive and popular FCV588 cousins.
I was still skeptical about the touch screen and how I would go in bumpy conditions trying to control the unit but also found that ok.
If I get another boat and need to shop for another sounder (or combo unit) I would happily go get one again.
I simply used my old existing 600W transducer, but would recommend a 1kW.
The 600W served me fine, but I did lose some sounding at speed (20knts+ on bumpy water, fine on calm days) and I only used it in less than 100m.