OK guys and gals, the time is approaching when I need to shop for a good fishfinder. I can go to my usual haunts and catch fish without one, but I have a huge variety of great fishin' holes at my disposal, and I like to fish new places. I don't feel the need for a real fancy one, as water depth and structure is what I'll mainly be looking for. Actually spotting fish down there is secondary, if not downright unimportant to me. It would be nice to have one with a built-in GPS, but I could always go with a second unit for that function. Since I have two boats, I need something I can easily move from one to the other. I'd also like for it to be simple to operate and read.
So, my questions are:
What specific models are you guys using?
What are your likes and dislikes about them?
Do the GPS models require a separate antenna?
Are the transducer cables hardwired, or detachable? (I'd like to just mount a second transducer on the second boat.)
What is the best way to mount a transducer on a pontoon boat?
Y'all feel free to just launch into a general discussion about these neat machines. The last one I had was a Sitex paper depth recorder, back in my saltwater days. I think I got it in 1983.