Furuno FLS, a category stimulated

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

8 Responses

  1. Eli says:

    I would hope that an alarm is included so that the skipper, who is probably paying attention to more than just the FLS, could be made aware of impending danger.

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    The FL7000 has a “variety of alarms and warnings” but the issue will be if it’s good enough to alarm an dangerous object in time, but not alarm clumps of seaweed, etc.

  3. David F says:

    There is an article about the FL-7000 in Boating, April 06 issue stating the price is twice what you have said. $8,000.00!!!!
    I would really like to have an FLS on my boat, but not at that price. Even $4,000 is 4x’s too much for me and probably for most other people for that matter.
    The Interphase color models are really hyped up on their website and ebay and the color screen and what they state the units can do for $1200 is appealing, but is it really worth it? do they work? I would like to know before buying one.
    Please advise………..

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    David, I’m surprised to hear about the Boating article as a while back Furuno said that introduction of the FL-7000 had been postphoned and asked many of us not to write about it. I’m pretty sure its price and specs are “up in the air”.
    The FLS machines made by Interphase, and others, do work; it’s a question of how well. Boaters with high expectations seem to get dissappointed but others are happy. I don’t think much has changed since I asked around in 2002:

  5. Anonymous says:

    any one heard any news on this lately?

  6. Cameron says:

    I had heard from somebody at Furuno (I can’t remember who) that they had scrapped it, but were now looking at it again.
    The problem they were facing was inconsistent performance.
    I put an Echopilot on my trawler last year, as my research showed it to be the best of what was available in my price range. The Interphase looked better, feature wise, but the transducer was really slow.

  7. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I haven’t heard a peep about the Furuno FLS, but keep hoping that someone can use the much improved fishfinder technologies to make it work better.
    Cameron, which model Echopilot are you using, and how is it working out?

  8. Cameron says:

    I’ve got the FLS Platinum black box version.
    I like it and would probably put in on another boat, but I do understand it’s limits.
    I use it for collision avoidance when going into unfamiliar anchorages or channels. My boat is 47′ and the transducer is mounted about midway to the aft (say about 20-25′ from the bow). It seems to be good in the shallower waters that I use it in for about 200 feet ahead at best. So when I think there may be a danger, I go dead slow and have my hands on the shifters.
    I had a close call last summer that the FLS saved me from. A large prop and boat killing rock. The FLS found it just in time. I had to throw it in reverse and give it throttle, but I did avoid it.
    These units are good in situations like that only. They don’t see far enough ahead to be used at anything but idle speeds.
    They don’t work well as fishfinders at all.
    The Interphase unit I was able to try worked a bit better as far as the display output was concerned. The problem I found with them was the delay in displaying the output. By the time it showed something, I’d almost be over it.
    The Echopilot transducer isn’t too big either.
    Bottom line: It works well enough for what I want it for, but it isn’t like radar underwater.

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