Ask the Audience

Share info on fishing Champlain.
Post Reply
User avatar
Posts: 1221
Joined: Sun Aug 28, 2011 9:03 pm

Ask the Audience

Post by Surprise »

Hey all, HELP !

Yesterday was my shakedown cruise and after the Mouse eviction, Trailer light fiasco, and a motor needing new plugs all went well.

Except....some of you remember that I purchased a Eagle FishElite 480 on a closeout to replace my etch-A-sketch from the 90's. I did the Navionics chip upgrade. I also have aboard a Eagle Fishmark480 DF Sonar with speed and temp. The sonar screen features in this unit are better than the sonar features in the "new" GPS/Sonar. Plus being over 50 I can see better on two 5 inch screens than a split screen.

I installed The new unit to be used as GPS only. I only installed the antenna "Puck" and did not hook up the transponder for sonar. I like the readout of paddlewheel and Groundspeed from GPS as my version of FishHawk.

I had fired the unit stationary at home and all looked good after installation in January.

My Problem / Question....When running on the lake the screen seems to refresh with a partial black screen sweep or blackout that has no order frequency. Another is that I get angular black patches that would appear to be land or off lake areas that seem to have fallen off the map.

Question: I have powered from a buss bar under the Helm. Is the problem equipment or power related? Do I need to run directly to the battery?
Has anyone else experienced anything like this?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks, Randy
Fish On!

Posts: 316
Joined: Sun Aug 28, 2011 10:01 pm

Re: Ask the Audience

Post by Dockside »

Randy I dont know?

User avatar
Posts: 418
Joined: Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:57 am
Species: the kind that swim
Location: South Burlington

Re: Ask the Audience

Post by Cas »

Is the problem equipment or power related?
What about operator error? :lol:

I can't help you, I don't have a marine grade GPS on my boat, just a make-shift garmin nuvi! But I've seen this unit on another boat and it seemed to work fine. Good luck with it, hope you get it figured out.

User avatar
Site Admin
Posts: 4870
Joined: Sun Aug 28, 2011 7:27 pm
Species: Salmon, steelhead, brown trout
Location: Fletcher, Vt

Re: Ask the Audience

Post by Reelax »

Randy, possibly a corrupt file on the data card? If the GPS has a base map loaded, try it without the chip in it. Just an idea.
Matt B

digitroll (ron)
Posts: 3412
Joined: Sun Aug 28, 2011 12:58 pm

Re: Ask the Audience

Post by digitroll (ron) »


Please give me a call today at Vermont Home and Marine 658-5427. I may be able to help trouble shoot your problem. I need some more detail.



Post Reply