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One last time B260 or SS270W transducer

Old 04-20-2008, 05:52 AM
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Default One last time B260 or SS270W transducer

I signed the deal for my new downeast boat yesterday and should be bringing the boat down from Maine to Boston in a week.
Been going back and forth on the B260 and the SS270W to match up with my new Furuno 585
I'm trying to decide so I order asap.
Not a lot of feed back on the SS270W, maybe because it's so new, not to mention not cheap @ $1300.
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Old 04-20-2008, 07:16 AM
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you're right, i think the jury is still out on the ss270w because it is so new. i think it really just comes down to what depths you fish in most of the time. if most of your fishing is done in less than 500 feet, then it seems like the ss270w is an easy choice. if you regularly fish over 1,000 then maybe not so much. make sure you report back after you get some time w/it!
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I would say under 250' - maybe 300' max go with the 270. Over that go with the 260.
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Default Re: One last time B260 or SS270W transducer

According to Airmar, the SS270 is an upgrade from the B260 and fits in the same housing. from the Airmar site:

Airmar is proud to introduce the industry’s first 1 kW twin wide-beam, 50 kHz and 200 kHz dual-frequency transducer. This unique design gives extra beamwidth to spot more fish in shallow to mid-water depths. Aimed at the commercial and sport-fishing markets, this thru-hull provides four times the beamwidth at 200 kHz than other high-performance transducers. This means marking game fish or bait in a larger area, thus increasing the catch. Since the beamwidths are the same at both frequencies, a split-screen fishfinder display will clearly show the same water column and bottom coverage. Fish will also appear as arches of the same size and position. More fish will be marked while trolling or underway. At anchor, see which direction the baits and chum are flowing in the current. The custom-fit High-Performance Fairing will give crystal-clear imaging at speeds up to 30 knots (34 MPH). And since the SS270W fits into the popular B260 fairing pocket, it’s easy to upgrade existing installations. Possibilities expand with the SS270W twin wide-beam.

Not sure how much better and it is double the price.
Old 04-21-2008, 06:57 PM
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I ordered a new B260 today.
Not enough imput on the new SS270W to justify double the cost!
and from all accounts, everyone raves about the B260

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