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Old 03-04-2013, 04:44 PM
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I finally had a chance to get out on a local lake here and test the new Simrad equipment. I thought I took a lot more screenshots so I need to dig deeper but here are a few. First, let me say that i did not have much of a chance to really try and fine tune things with various settings so these are fresh from the box so to speak.

At first use, I must say I am really impressed. While 20-50' of depth is no big feat for any sounder these days, I see a distinct difference in clarity than my older M260 units.

Another key difference is that I was maintaining bottom readings at 55mph. In my old system, there was no way to keep bottom above 40 no matter what the depth was let alone with this kind of detail and clarity.

I still need to figure out how to maximize all of the settings...ping speed, clarity, gain, color etc. but I was pleasantly surprised right out of the box.

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This might seem a bit brutal, but I think you would get better results on a Lowrance Mark5x to be honest.
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Originally Posted by Fishton View Post
This might seem a bit brutal, but I think you would get better results on a Lowrance Mark5x to be honest.
Doubt it but that's why they are called opinions. I am perfectly happy with the decision.
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[QUOTE=UNLEASHED!;5428377 I am perfectly happy with the decision.[/QUOTE]

Good for for you...thanks for sharing the excitement of your new system with us..... .....
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My only complaint is a "true" auto mode... Instead of constantly adjusting the depth ranges....
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Originally Posted by Fishton View Post
This might seem a bit brutal, but I think you would get better results on a Lowrance Mark5x to be honest.
Look at the speed for the screencaps. The two first are 56 mph, the third is 32 mph.
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:48 AM
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You'd get better results out of a Furuno CHIRP Etch-A-Fish, but I don't think Gil has released that model yet.
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Originally Posted by abbor View Post
Look at the speed for the screencaps. The two first are 56 mph, the third is 32 mph.


Not bad for a first run..
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Didn't mean to dampen your spirits Unleashed, sorry.

Do you think the BSM2 could pick up a baitball at >80kph on a small craft offshore?
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Originally Posted by Fishton View Post
Didn't mean to dampen your spirits Unleashed, sorry.

Do you think the BSM2 could pick up a baitball at >80kph on a small craft offshore?
No apology necessary. 80Kph is about 50MPH yes? Based on what I observed with only a couple of hours of use I would say yes. Obviously, as you can see by the screen shots, marks will look a whole lot different at 50 than they do trolling or sitting on top of them. I am certainly no pro at CHIRP yet but I have no doubt it would pick up the bait ball. It may look different going that fast but it will be there. Turn around and sit on top of it and you will get a much different picture. When I first saw the screen shots, I didn't think much of it. Then i realized that the number of pings from the echo hitting the target at 55MPH were likely much fewer than say at trolling speeds. Hence the elongated returns. Then rationalized it like this. Its like trying to drop a 5# weight on a target at 55mph vs 5mph. Much easier and precise when sitting still.

I wish I had taken a shot while sitting still because the definition and marks were incredible. I will get some more next time out but from what I have seen so far, I really like it.
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I look forward to following your posts / threads regarding your experiences with CHIRP technology. These are very exciting times for us 'electronics addicts'.
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