The Lowrance 67 and 68 models both have flasher modes and real-time readouts. The package them in "ice machine" versions, and I was hoping someone had used them. I have the B/W version of them and I'm setting up for ice fishing, so I'm curious.
From what I've seen of them, the vertical flasher on the side, and the circular are very much real-time. The unit I'm getting also has a gps, so even if not absolutely perfect as an ice fishing flasher, it should be more versatile than any Vexilar flasher (and all for $105) - amazing.
Well, I got a good price because, as I said earlier, I got the B&W (noncolor) version. They have two or three noncolor versions of the same finder, with gps (m52 S/GPS, M56 S/MAP, and probably some others. They are essentially a non-color version of the x67/m68 models, and it was a special purchase by Cabelas. I got the m52 S/GPS model (the m56 S/MAP model has a basemap of us waters built-in. The one I am getting doesn't have the map, but records and finds waypoints. I figure I don't need the mapping, since I really just want to mark where I catch fish, etc... I don't need a digital map to know I'm in the middle of a lake.
It helped that I bought a bunch of stuff at cabelas during a grand opening awhile back and got a $25 rebate cash card to spend in the future, and also got a $20 preferred customer rebate. Their price for the unit was $150, so I bought it with the rebate cards - $105. I call that a deal. I'm not sure how visible the single-color display will be in bright light, but it's got the same operating temperature range as specified for the X67, and the same set of sonar features + the gps. I think I'm really going to like it. I wanted to use it in my boat during spring/summer as well, and like the idea of having real-time flasher and chart recording for all-around flexibility.
That's the information I was looking for. I have heard people say they really aren't real-time, but these are not typically the people who actually use them. People who use them seem pretty happy and say the flasher-mode returns are real-time. Only complaint I've really seen that everyone agrees on is that the flasher screen is smaller than a vexilar or marcum display - and dudes with bad eyes don't seem to like that much.
Grizz, the x67 and m68 Lowrance, and their similar models (m52, m56, etc..) have realtime flasher modes. I have the m52, now, and the flasher is definitely realtime. In addition, it has a vertical flasher off to the right of the graphing display that is also realtime. In the vertical mode, it definitely give you a better bar to turn the rate up a bit. In circular flasher mode, I didn't notice as much different when adjusting the rate.
Awhile ago, Talo suggested using a pice of a kids "noodle" (used for swimming/splashing around) - sounds like a good approach. Cut a pice off, and put a slid down the side to tuck the cable into, and I'm sure that would work for you.
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