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Old 03-02-2013, 04:23 AM
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I am buying a NSS8 with structure scan for my flats boat. Do I need a standard dedicated lower frequency transducer? I would like something where I know how deep I am when running 30mph. Can the structure scan transducer do this alone? I was thinking of one of the simple Airmar transducers. I dont want anything crazy as I have a 1kW and NSE12 on the other boat.
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:56 AM
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IF the structure scan is installed without any obstacles in front - then yes it can track bottom at speed - check the structure scan brochure.

But the structure scan part will not keep up! Only the "depth indication" and only in "shallow water" < 300' I would say.
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:46 AM
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If you just want depth get the package that includes transom mount skimmer transducer. Or get the p79 in hull.

My structure scan doesn't give me a depth reading a lot of time compared to my regular transducer at speed. It paints the bottom at speed with no detail, but many times doesn't have the depth number.
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:19 PM
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I am buying a NSS8 with structure scan for my flats boat. Do I need a standard dedicated lower frequency transducer?
"Need" is a strong word. But I certainly would NOT want to be without conventional SONAR. StructureScan is nice; but it's designed to augment conventional SONAR, not replace it.

And given that you already have the BSM-1 equivalent sounder built into your NSS8, it only makes sense to take advantage of it.


I would like something where I know how deep I am when running 30mph. Can the structure scan transducer do this alone?
Maybe; but conventional SONAR would still be the better tool for this job.


I was thinking of one of the simple Airmar transducers. I dont want anything crazy as I have a 1kW and NSE12 on the other boat.
Your idea of "crazy" and my idea of "crazy" and The Next Guy's idea of "crazy" are likely to be four different things.

But at a minimum, something like the Airmar B60 http://www.airmartechnology.com/2009....asp?prodid=36:



would provide the bottom-tracking you desire, AND be a pretty decent general-purpose fishfinder transducer in waters up to perhaps 200-300 feet, at very modest cost.

If you routinely run/fish in waters much deeper than that, I'd suggest the B164 http://www.airmartechnology.com/2009....asp?prodid=37:





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Old 03-07-2013, 07:07 PM
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You'll want one of these to work at speed and in conjunction with your lss2 in shallow water http://www.boemarine.com/lowrance-hs...er-transducer/
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