Opinions on Furuno 628

 Hi guys,

 

Just after general opinions of the Furuno FCV 628 sounder and P66 600W transducer - specifically for the 1k - 1.5k price range ?

 

I'm getting frustrated with my lowrance elite 5 sounder, especially not having bottom lock. I dont really fish in anything over 50m deep. From my searching and research, this seems to be the best choice - but i just want to throw this question out to see if anyone supports or rejects my opinion.

 

Keen to hear thoughts !


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Furuno 628

Tue, 2018-01-09 17:19

 Mate,

Marine Deals NZ have a current offer for 628 and P66 for $788 plus postage.

Mine landed here yesterday for $808 Aud.

Just finished installing and now to test it.

Cannot go wrong for that price.

Cheers

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 Haha mate thats the exact

Tue, 2018-01-09 18:11

 Haha mate thats the exact site I was looking at! I think I might just bite the bullet, like you say can’t go wrong for that price! Will prob be able to sell the elite 5 for a few hundred anyway so it will be a cheap upgrade at that price !

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 I love supporting local but

Tue, 2018-01-09 18:54

 

I love supporting local but when it came to the sounder i went online and fitted myself...628 last boat but jumped straight to 528 this boat...kepted the lowrance for GPS only. 

Easy to set up...love my Furuno!

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 I agree - I do try to

Tue, 2018-01-09 19:12

 I agree - I do try to support local but with the sounders there is a big difference in cost when comparing online to local isnt there.... That 528 is a nice looking unit ! I've seen a lot of sounder pics on this forum from the furuno's and i really like the image they give !

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 Yeah for sure...spent plenty

Tue, 2018-01-09 19:38

 

Yeah for sure...spent plenty of time searching thd old threads and settings used including Ryans when he had the 527 from memory.

Going fully manual still takes some research but happy now after a few years of second guessing

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furuno

Tue, 2018-01-09 20:44

 Lowrance vs Furuno, like chalk and cheese, the furuno wins every time. Both are recreational models but the furuno has many of the bigger model features. Choice of transducer is important but the furuno will out perform the lowrance in all areas. The furuno has a wider colour palette, a higher level of bottom discrimination and depending on model rez boost which works very well.

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 Thanks - I did some more

Wed, 2018-01-10 07:44

 Thanks - I did some more trolling thru these forums - I would of loved to get the 528 but just a bit out of my price range. So I went with the 628 that was on special. Should be perfect for what I need !

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 Lowrance is pop better off

Thu, 2018-01-11 11:12

 Lowrance is pop better off keeping it as a gps and get the Furuno 

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 Lowrance is pop better off

Thu, 2018-01-11 11:12

 Lowrance is pop better off keeping it as a gps and get the Furuno 

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 Thanks ! That's exactly what

Fri, 2018-01-12 08:53

 Thanks ! That's exactly what I am going to do - I quite like the lowrance as a gps. Waiting for the Furuno unit to arrive now.

 

I'm thinking I will also leave the lowrance transducer in place, and run the lowrance on 50mhz, and run the furuno on 200mhz. That way there shouldn't be any interference between the 2 and I can reference the lowrance with the wider beam if ever needed.

 

Will see how it goes running the 2 transducers next to each other - I hope it's not a problem but might need to move the lowrance onto the port side of the transom.

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 You will also have the

Fri, 2018-01-12 09:32

 You will also have the benefit of being able to mark waypoints on the lowrance sounder screen, you could run lowrance split screen 50/50 (map/50 hz) and run the furuno at 200. If you see good ground on the funuro screen that you have passed you can see where it was on the Lowrance and mark it because the picture will similar enough to find the spot on the lowrance 50 hz picture.... Then navigate back with the lowrance...

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628

Thu, 2018-01-18 15:33

As mentioned in the first comment marine deals have them very cheap, that's were I got mine from after getting quotes at the Perth boat show.

I'm running mine alongside a Simrad NSS9 Evo 2 with totalscan transducer and find the Furuno much more user friendly. At some stage ill look at installing the Markfish, I believe Ryan C has it fitted on Back in Black.

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i have one mate beats my old

Mon, 2018-01-22 04:27

i have one mate beats my old hummingbird by miles, i love this unit

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 Mine just arrived in the

Mon, 2018-01-22 22:33

 Mine just arrived in the mail today from marine deals. Looking forward to mounting it and having a look / compare to the lowrance - not looking forward to drilling more holes in the boat tho