I've got an older Raytheon depth finder on my 28' Bayliner that I want to replace. It often loses a lock on the bottom at the most inopportune times -- even at very slow speeds. All of my boating is in PWS.
I know there are literally hundreds of options to choose from (that's the problem).
Here are my basic "must" criteria:
- $600 max cost
- Reliable depth indicator to at least 1000'
- Quick "recovery" when encountering rapid changes in depth
- Solid readings while underway at slow speeds less than 15 knots (assuming the transponder's properly set)
- Reliable "fish" detection indicator
Added "want", though not necessary, is an integrated GPS/Chart Plotter capability
If you have any suggestions for units that may be suitable, I'd appreciate hearing your opinion. I'm sure some of you have got units you like, or can at least suggest major brands to avoid.
Thanks in advance...