Honestly, I like the concept of the Element as it uses kind of a Lighthouse 'Lite' OS, it's easy to use and it's got buttons which is a big plus IMO. It is a 'stand alone' model, where it can't share sounder or chart data to another unit, and it doesn't support radar. The biggest issue though is it uses very high frequency echoes, which are for shallow and CALM waters. It's very similar to what Humminbird uses, and Raymarine's primary market for these units are guys fishing the flats or fresh water.. The transducers unlike the RV transducers for the Axiom series are not stabilized, so motion combined with the very high and therefore narrow beam frequencies used could pose a problem for someone looking to use this in coastal waters. I do think as a basic stand alone GPS Chartplotter it's a great deal, but on the fishfinder side I just don't have a huge amount of faith in those higher frequencies working well in most coastal applications. That said, I'll talk to some of the guys at Raymarine to see if they can give me some more feedback just in case I'm wrong.I was looking at the raymarine 9hv element model. Its a stand alone without network capability. Im only looking for the side scan/down scan capability. I have garmin already networked up. Does anyone have anything to say about these raymarine Element units? They seem pretty good from a price point. Of course the axioms are pretty sick and the high end simrads are awesome too. But they come with the price tag to match. Im happy with my garmin 4212’s for now but they are not compatible with the new side scan technology and im not flush at the moment to upgrade everything which is how i kind of landed on the raymarine element. Any words of wisdom is appreciated.
I’m thinking of installing the furuno dff3d on my boat. Supposedly the Garmin and Simrad are limited to about 120 feet on side scan. The furuno will go as deep as 600