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Old 04-06-2016, 06:08 AM   #1
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Default Which side scan, down scan plotter combo??

I have been looking at a new machine for my skiff and I am having a hard time deciding on which one to get. I fish mostly inshore, but do need good imaging in depth up to 250'. The features I am looking for are as follows:

9" screen
good side imaging
good down imaging
Chirp
Echomap (or whatever each brand calls its build a chart from your own sonar system).


basically if there was an 9" version of the Elite 7 Ti or the Hummingbird Helix 9 had chirp I would be done. I see that Garmin has a 9" offering, the Striker 95sv, but I have not heard much about their side imaging quality. I have also seen some reports that Garmin machines did not have full chirp (this may have been older versions, I am not sure.)

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Garmin echoMap 93sv or 94 sv depending on which maps you want. The 93 comes with all the US lakes and the 94 comes with the BlueChart built in. GT52 transducer should work for you but the GT51 might do better in the deeper water.

Plus - you can add Panoptix down the road. You will want Panoptix if you like to catch fish
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Oh - Garmon is true CHIRP and the side imaging is awesome.
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Either Garmin (not sure which model) or Simrad NSS9 Evo2 will be able to do those things. Not sure about the build your own chart deal, they can both do it but think it's easier on the Garmin but it's basically brand new so it's not all that great yet.

One other thing that somebody else may be able to comment on, not sure if the Simrad can do Chirp and Structure Scan at the same time... or maybe it was chirping structure scan that it can't do.
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Does anyone know if those models can be integrated with radar ? The Garmin site really isn't clear
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Does anyone know if those models can be integrated with radar ? The Garmin site really isn't clear
echoMAP CHIRP units cannot use radar.

The echoMAP CHIRP units have full CHIRP capability in both traditional and Side/Down Vu.
Plus they also can use Panoptix.
Plus built in Quickdraw





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I know the evo2 units can. I don't think the Garmin units listed can. They definitely make MFDs that do
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echoMAP CHIRP units cannot use radar.

The echoMAP CHIRP units have full CHIRP capability in both traditional and Side/Down Vu.
Plus they also can use Panoptix.
Plus built in Quickdraw





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That Pantopix is pretty cool stuff, I don't guess it works very well in any kind of seas though.
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The Panoptix transducers have built-in AHRS. Mine does pretty well in moderately rough water.
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That Pantopix is pretty cool stuff, I don't guess it works very well in any kind of seas though.
Just like side scan...better in good water conditions.




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Thanks for the input. i'm going to try and get my hands on both the Garmin and Simrad units this weekend.

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