I installed a B&G sonar and I have similar erratic signals. I think we need to find out why from B&G. At anchor, it seems to work fine except that it can be confused by reflections from the chain. While on the way, it can give you a good signal for a while and the start with total garbage. Now that I know you have the same problem, I will go back and try to work the kinks with B&G.
I agree with Ken that a forward scanner should be very useful in remote places.
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