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CHIRP- is the jury still out?

Old 08-24-2011, 05:22 PM
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Default CHIRP- is the jury still out?

Well, getting ready to purchase some new electronics and would like to know if Simrad Chirp is the way to go?

Or Chirp from Garmin or wait for Furuno or Ray?

I fish near shore in 30-100' of water NJ to Cape Cod. And tuna offshore a few times a year.
Old 08-24-2011, 05:40 PM
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I think it best to wait till more units are out and on the water unless one is in need of new system and cannot wait. Chirp is an amazing advancement in sonar design and it might be wise to see what other manufactures have to offer .


At least Airmar has the CHIRP transducers off and running .
http://www.thehulltruth.com/marine-e...0-17-11-a.html

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Old 08-24-2011, 08:49 PM
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IMO, Chirp would be overkill for 100' of water, even for 500' of water. I'm giving serious consideration to buying one but I'm fishing in 500 to 1200' of water. I'm taking Semperfifishing's advice and waiting.
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Originally Posted by Ironworker View Post
IMO, Chirp would be overkill for 100' of water, even for 500' of water.
I am of the opposite opinion and and firmly believe that any improvement in sonar will greatly benefit anyone fishing in shallow to medium depths...or any depth that recreational or commercial fisherman now normally fish.

And CHIRP technology is more than an improvement..it elevates sonar to a totally new level.

I have already outfitted several of my customers boats with CHIRP and they fish in 120' to 200' of water for halibut , salmon,ling cod , sand bass and rock fish. There is no way they think that their CHIRP is overkill.
They love it.

Halibut are the devil to detect with current tone pulse sonar but CHIRP is more than capable of detecting halibut even when just inches from the sea floor rather than feet...as well as ling cod, sole, rock fish , sand bass etc close to the bottom.

With over 12 million registered boats and 40 million fishing licensees in the US ...a good percentage of those boats will be used in fishing.
And most recreational fishing from a boat is in less than 300'.

As the DVD eclipsed the VHS so will CHIRP technology overtake the curent tone pulse system.

Right now we are seeing the first steps in a totally new technology that I believe will find its way into any and all recreational sonar applications in both fresh and salt water use.... regardless of depth.


In the future we will see CHIRP units as both a stand alone and integrated system and its use will be from shallow to deep in both fresh and salt water.

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Does anyone happen to have any real world screen shots using chirp at various depths. All I ever see from the manufacturers are relatively shallow canned screen shots.
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Anyone have a chirp unit and can comment and or show us screen shots?
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Here you go ............

http://garmin.blogs.com/my_weblog/20...ish-story.html



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Originally Posted by bluewaterpirate View Post
Nice screen shot, what kind of fish are they?
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im going to wait ,and see what furuno bring out,i just updated my hf transducer from a 200b8b to a 85b-hr35,and took them out of the shoot thru wet box and had them wet faced into the hull,its an unbelivevable difference,and when id usually have the gain at 5 its now under 1 the clarity is imop pretty hard to beat ,thats with a 1150 sounder and a 50hr-12b lf transducer
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We put the CHIRP system on our new boat with the NSE 12. It is truly an amazing system that "wowed" us all on the boat.

I feel it was well worth the money for the system.
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Originally Posted by beachnut53 View Post
We put the CHIRP system on our new boat with the NSE 12. It is truly an amazing system that "wowed" us all on the boat.

I feel it was well worth the money for the system.
I was wowed by the basic NSE 12 with just the broadband sonar without a chirp ducer. I could see the bass in the bait as well as the tuna under the bait. The chirp is supposed to have a heck of alot more separation and depth capabilities
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Bottom line what is a GSD 26 with the correct airmar transducers going to cost? All in.
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Depending on the transducer selection the general range will be around this..

The GSD-26 and an Airmar B265LH.....around $2800...for mid to deep water use.

The GSD-26 and the B275LH....around $2300....for shallow to mid water use.

The GSD-26 and the flush mount B75 pair.......$2700....for shallow to mid water use.

Plus the additional cost a Garmin MFD if one is not already installed of course.

Several more of transducer options are also available .M265LH, TM265LH, R209LH, CM265LH, R299LH, R111LH,

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