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Tony B
09-22-2014, 12:25 PM
I need a new depth finder/fish finder.
I really want the dual imaging because I am more concerned about the bottom detail than the fish.
Right now, I am trying to decide between the Garmin Echo 301Dv and the Humminbird 561 DI. They both fit the bill as far as features and price.
I sure the Garmin with color would be much easier to see in all conditions than the Black/greyscale Humminbird would be.
Anyone here familiar with either of these units?



Thanks in Advance



Tony B

OLD HOUSEBOATER
09-23-2014, 12:03 PM
Go with the color.

Amelia
09-24-2014, 07:19 AM
We remain happy with our Garmin FishFinder400c. It's easy to read at a glance and seems to accurately paint the bottom as we know it to be. I think those shadows we see are fish, too, but can't verify it.
I've found, particularly in aviation, Garmin is reliable. Spendy, sometimes bulky, but you can count on it.

Tony B
09-25-2014, 05:37 AM
Thanks for the advise.
I didn't give the complete story on this the other day so here is how it went:
About 2 weeks ago,I bought the Humminbird 561Di and installed it. What a freaking job running the transducer cable from the bottom of hull up to the flybridge. I had pretested and all went well. however, when I completely installed it, the depth started blinking. To make a long story short, it was defective I had to uninstall it. I really liked the imaging although grayscale is not always easy to read. So when it came to replacing it, I started thinking about the Garmin although it had a smaller screen. Anyway, your replies and others I received on other forums convinced me to go with my instincts and so my new Garmin will be here today. I'm sure it will work just fine.
Thanks everyone for the help.

Tony B

Amelia
09-26-2014, 07:59 AM
I hope you can still use the same transducer and cable. It would be a real shame to have to start over from scratch.

Stmbtwle
09-28-2014, 08:36 PM
Yeah... the cable is the hardest part.

Tony B
10-11-2014, 08:40 PM
OK so the Garmin arrived on schedule.
I opened the box and read the installation instructions and there were no instructions on 'in hull' mounting. Only on how to mount the transducer to the stern or to a trolling motor.
I called up Garmin and asked what the story was. Turns out Garmin don't recommend in-hull installations. I explained the way I was going to mount it and asked what she thought. She explained to me that "technically, it should work, however, since Garmin does not recommend in-hull installations, it would not be under warranty. I thought about it for a few days and then decided to return it. I turned around and ordered a Humminbird 346C DI Color Depth Sounder/Fish Finder. I pre-tested the transducer over night and all seemed good and so I finally epoxied it in place. Life is good.
Like every other electrical job I have done on this boat, it took 4 times as long and I removed another several pounds of useless wiring. I could never understand why people just cut wires when something quits working and never bother to remove them. In addition, the previous owner, when adding something, wrapped the wiring around other wiring and I mean he literally wrapped it around. I guess he was to cheap to buy cable ties. Anyway, I like the new unit.

Edit to add: I forgot to mention that Garmin does have a special transducer that they do recommend for in-hull installation for an additional $170.
I got the impression from their customer service and tech support, that the real problem lies in the fact that in the past, most people just botched up the installation job and Garmin was tired of the problems.

Shoe123
11-30-2014, 10:46 PM
however, when I completely installed it, the depth started blinking. To make a long story short, it was defective I had to uninstall it. I really liked the imaging although grayscale is not always easy to read. So when it came to replacing it, I started thinking about the Garmin although it had a smaller screen.
I pre-tested the transducer over night and all seemed good and so I finally epoxied it in place. Life is good.
Like every other electrical job I have done on this boat, it took 4 times as long and I removed another several pounds of useless wiring. I could never understand why people just cut wires when something quits working and never bother to remove them.

People22
08-24-2015, 03:25 AM
Very good and*informative*exchange*..*Thank you!