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Furuno DB9 VS Simard evo3

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    Posted: 08 Feb 2020 at 9:50pm
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I'm looking for a new fish finders and would like to know peoples forts on the furuno DB9 and the Simard evo3.
I need to be able to read fish at 500m and good in the shallows.
I'm also wondering if with a big transducer like a 260 or 270 do they work in the shallow water or will I need 2 transducers.
I'm leaning towards the DB9 mainly because of the price of getting it with a 9" screen but I'm pretty green in this area and open to everyone's opinion.
Hopping someone can point me in the right direction and help me out.
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I would recommend going to a few retailers and have a go at running the units through their menus as if you are adjusting your sounder or chart setup. Certain people prefer different approaches to menu arrangements. Personally I can't stand the furuno menu layout on their MFD touch screens. 

In terms of your transducer selection, I would advise paying close attention to the beamwidth angle. Ideally for accurate deep water work you will want a narrow angle transducer, and for trolling or shallow water fishing a wide beamwidth is usually preferable. Obviously you could go for something in the middle but it will not excel at either application.
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Not much in the narrow angle low bows until more powerful transducers as far as I know. 265LHW is a good option with 25 degree beams for high and low beams.

Cant comment on the fish finders - other than I think you should consider the equivalent garmins also.
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Gmacx, not entirely correct. Airmar offers a wide variety of 1KW transom mounts where you can get as low as 16 degree's on low frequency and still get up to 25 degrees on high. This is on a TM275LHW.

The Airmar website is particularly helpful and allows you to compare all of their transducers with a bottom coverage graph. 

Blueduck, if you go to the airmar website it will explain the transducers in depth. If you are looking for a transom mount you need to look at the products starting with TM. Its worth noting that in the grand scheme of things, 1kw isn't a particularly big transducer, and will still work very well in shallow water, in my opinion beamwidth is the big consideration.
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