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Old 12-16-2020, 07:31 AM
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Default Simrad Nss12 Evo 3 beside Humminbird Helix 12

Question for anyone with any experience on what I am presently doing and future plans.
I purchased a new CC in 2018. The boat came equipped with a Simrad NSS7 Evo 3. I installed a Humminbird Helix 12 SI/DI on the boat along with the Simrad. The reason I went with the Humminbird was because I wanted to be able to take advantage of all the features networking it with the MinnKota I pilot link trolling motor on front. Also, I prefer using the Lakemaster chart card when fishing fresh water over Navionics. I do fish salt water a few times a year, 30 to 50 miles off the Alabama and Florida coast, but I am primarily in fresh water. I recently purchased a new Simrad NSS12 Evo 3 and replaced the 7” unit with it. I have a 3 in 1 transducer and a B60 in hull hooked to the new Simrad. I have to say I find the side image on the new Simrad far superior to the SI on the Humminbird. This is what I am mostly using it for when in fresh water. In salt water I rely much more on the Simrad and the Navionics charts. To be fair, it needs to be understood my Humminbird Helix unit is a gen 1, not the mega unit. I am able to use both units at the same time with little to no cross talk interference as long as I keep the frequencies separated.
I can foresee in the not too distant future wanting to upgrade my Helix Gen 1 to a Solex Gen 3 unit. My question is: Is there anything wrong with what I am doing by combining manufacturers of graphs like this? Am I missing out on anything by doing it this way? I have never seen anyone else doing this, I have to wonder why? What could be the disadvantage to being able to use the trolling motor to its full capability and still have the Simrad and its advantages? I realize a lot of people may consider this a Frankenstein setup, but I still wonder what is wrong with it and why more people are not doing it. Before I spend the money on a new Solex unit I want to make sure I fully understand this. Should I forget about all the MinnKota trolling motor features that go along with I pilot Link and just purchase a twin Simrad? What do y’all think?
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I see no other problem than it looks weird. It’s actually kinda nice to be able to compare and utilize the best performing unit for each task. I’d be interested to hear how the side scan on the new unit compares to the simrad.
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Originally Posted by Flymost1 View Post
I see no other problem than it looks weird. It’s actually kinda nice to be able to compare and utilize the best performing unit for each task. I’d be interested to hear how the side scan on the new unit compares to the simrad.
Thanks for taking time to reply Flymost1. It is nice being able to compare returns pictures on the 2 units and using them to tweak the other trying to improve pictures. I didn’t mention that I prefer the 2D sonar image of the Humminbird over the Simrad in fresh water. I can actually see stripers down in the trees as where on the Simrad I have not been able to separate the trees from the fish as of yet. I find myself wondering if it is not simply that I have become use to using one over the other for specific applications. I am trying hard to learn all the features of each unit, there is a lot to truly learning everything there is to know about them both. I know I could do without the I pilot link features of the Humminbird if there was a reason I should. I could manage just fine with twin Simrads on fresh water but I would hate to do without the Simrad on my occasional salt water trip.
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I have an EVO3 next to a Humminbird Onix. Going to be doing a custom dash and will determine if I want to keep my humminbird at that point.

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Nothing wrong with it at all. It's actually super common up here in the Chesapeake.
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Subd. Not exactly to do with your question but While in the market for a new hybrid ive talked with a couple dealers about going with the new Humminbird apex when the boat gets here and both sort of turned their nose up at the notion. I really like the ease of use on humminbird products and thought being able to operate the trolling motor and raptor from chart plotter would be pretty cool. Both dealers were like simrad or garmin are your only option.
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Originally Posted by NRGarrott View Post
Nothing wrong with it at all. It's actually super common up here in the Chesapeake.
Great! Glad to hear that! I will continue on with my plans then. I really like both units for my particular uses for them. I appreciate your conformation that I am not missing anything I was unaware of!
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Originally Posted by jacobhchandler View Post
Subd. Not exactly to do with your question but While in the market for a new hybrid ive talked with a couple dealers about going with the new Humminbird apex when the boat gets here and both sort of turned their nose up at the notion. I really like the ease of use on humminbird products and thought being able to operate the trolling motor and raptor from chart plotter would be pretty cool. Both dealers were like simrad or garmin are your only option.
jacobhchandler, I don’t understand why the dealers would have turned there noses up at the Humminbird product. I am not real familiar with the Apex unit other than it is supposed to be the top of the line unit. The advantages of the Helix, Solex and Apex are many when you link them to any of the MinnKota I pilot link capable trolling motors. There is a bit of a learning curve getting to know all the different things you can do with them, but well worth it once you figure out how to use the many features to your advantage. I have found it to be a game changer and extremely reliable. You can not use many of the features with the Garmin or the Simrad MFD, only the Humminbird Helix, Solex and Apex as far as I know will network with the MinnKota TM. I suppose it is all in what your use to using and what is important to you.

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