Originally Posted by Ironworker
If you're fishing in 100' of water or less there is no need to spend the money on Chirp unless you think the guys at Garmin need another condo in Hawaii. There are some excellent fishfinders that have amazing results up to 500' or so that are about half the price of chirp systems.
In 100' of water or less the new single band CHIRP units will give better results over a traditional tone burst sonar for anyone who uses them on halibut or other hard to detect bottom fish ... and pricing of the new CHIRP units is certainly reasonable.
A CHIRP 527xs is only $749.... add a TM150 at $265......just over $1000.
No unit "half the price" ($500) that will give the same results...or even come close.
Of course I know you were referring to the GSD-26's / BSM-2's check book choking price but perhaps you overlooked these new single band units and their excellent price point and performance.
The new Garmin single band CHRIP units are certainly deserving of a serious consideration for anyone looking at a new 5" to 7" system for fishing in shallow to medium water and hardly bank breaking .
Excellent performance... reasonable pricing and exactly what many have been looking for in a shallow to medium water unit.
I have used and am very impressed in these new units .
In fact ... I will offer any THT member a 30 day return option (Including shipping) if they are not pleased with any Garmin xs CHIRP unit.