SI-TEX SVS650 Review

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Re: SI-TEX SVS650 Review

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Re: SI-TEX SVS650 Review

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Re: SI-TEX SVS650 Review

Post by pr0t0c0l » Sat Dec 24, 2011 8:13 am

Seafari wrote:
pr0t0c0l wrote:Quick question: Does anyone know where the display setting is for fish on a garmin fishfinder? It currently displays fish-shapes which is annoying and inaccurate! :evil:
Pls advise what model garmin fish finder you have :?:
It's the 421s

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Re: SI-TEX SVS650 Review

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Re: SI-TEX SVS650 Review

Post by pr0t0c0l » Sat Dec 24, 2011 10:41 am

Thanks seafari! Will give that a bash. Yeah, I am hoping to learn how to tell what is fish and what is just noise by looking at the arcs themselves. Hopefully my finder will then be more "accurate"!

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Re: SI-TEX SVS650 Review

Post by Bingo » Sat Dec 24, 2011 10:58 am

I also have the Garmin 421s and do not use the fish symbols at all. I also turn my gain down to at least 70% otherwise it show all other nonsense and glutters the screen. Maybe not the best finders out but for recreational use it's more than good enough....

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Re: SI-TEX SVS650 Review

Post by pr0t0c0l » Sat Dec 24, 2011 11:20 am

Bingo wrote:I also have the Garmin 421s and do not use the fish symbols at all. I also turn my gain down to at least 70% otherwise it show all other nonsense and glutters the screen. Maybe not the best finders out but for recreational use it's more than good enough....
Good to know Bingo, thanks!

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Re: SI-TEX SVS650 Review

Post by Grote-Koning » Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:18 pm

Hi Miles

Ive read through this review & a few of your other posts & would really appreciate your advice.
I want to replace my current 300c & navman GPS with something better.

What could you suggest for around 10-15k? Either a combo unit or single units, space is not really a problem. If I can pay less it would also be a bonus.
I was told that the 531s is pretty good too.

I fish mainly for snoek & tail but might later on be looking at tuna fishing on occasions.

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Re: SI-TEX SVS650 Review

Post by Miles » Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:03 pm

The 500 garmin series has a 5" screen, which if fine for a plotter, but when you start splitting the screen for a fishfinder/plotter combo, then it starts getting small!!

Rather look at the Garmin 720 S. It has a 7" TOUCH screen, much like the normal garmin car gps's. It is also a fishfinder. And should you in the future, wish to add a radar, it simply plug's into the unit. This is probably the best value for money unit that garmin offers, when you look at all the features, especially the bigger screen.

Here are the spec's:
http://www.garmin.co.za/prod_detail.php ... tegoryid=2

Seaport has a special on them at the moment. Speak to Deon and tell him to give you a DECENT discount!! Remember, you will need to buy a transducer (airmar P66 transducer), which has water temperature, as well as a Garmin G2 Vision Chart. This whole set-up will fall with-in your R15 000 budget.

Unfortunately, if you're planning to run for tuna on a regular basis, you will need to look at the Furuno FCV620 or the Sitex unit i tested. The Furuno FCV620, with transducer (same as the garmins, Airmar P66) will set you back roughly R11 000 - 12 000. Then you still need to buy a chart plotter.......

If i was in your position, i'd buy the Garmin 720S, with-out hesitation!! Brilliant chart plotter, with lots of extra features and it has a very decent fish finder, PERFECT for yellowtail and snoek fishing, as well as general bottom fishing.

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Re: SI-TEX SVS650 Review

Post by Grote-Koning » Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:13 pm

Thanks Miles, youve been very helpful!

Last question.. should I not rather put up with my current GPs & buy the furuno or sitex unit. then, later on buy the GPS?

Not sure, very confused at present as to what to do!

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