If ur looking for a portable tubing sonar, stay away from the obvious. Don't buy a portable unit! These are under powered, low on features and cost way too much for what u get. Ur going to have to addapt it to ur tube anyways.
Ok biggest rule for tube sonar, Keep It Simple.
Here are the thing I think u should look for in a tube sonar.
First: power. U should get one with at least 2000-2500 peak to peak power. Anything less and it's just telling u deapth, not bottome structure. Might as well have a long cane pole with u to tell u how deap it is.
Second: screen size. I like a 5" screen, but buy the biggest u can get. Simple.
Third: keep it simple, u don't need all the Si, Down scan stuff, he'll u don't even need color( although if u can afford color, it's real nice)
So basically get the strongest power and the biggest screen. The rest of the features u won't get full use out of in a tube, but if u get them in the one u like then so be it. They won't hurt u on a tube and if u get a boat ur set.
I almost forgot. Battery power. These things run on Verrrrry little voltage. I have run them on two 6v square lantern batteries for 20+ hrs. U can also get one of those small 12v gels at bps for 20$ and th are rechargable. Don't think u need a nomal size battery just because the unit is designed for boat mounting.
Anyways u can easilly find a new one for less than 200$, and they show up on craigslist all the time. U can get them for like 60$ from guys that upgrading to the newest and baddset stuff on their boat.
Another good topic.
As always , just my .02$