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Old 03-04-2013, 06:39 PM
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Default New Boat Build, which is best fish/nav combo

Will be ordering new boat and was interested in know the latest and greatest bottom machine/ nav system out there today!!
Will have full tower and the need to add a smaller display on top and a 12 to 14 inch screen on the console.
Fish from coastal bay, beaches and out to 50 or so miles with the new rig!!

Simrad, furuno, etc.
not getting radar on this build
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:14 PM
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How deep are the fish you are looking for?
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:32 AM
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Average 60 to 80 and on out to 140
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:54 AM
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If you look for fish hanging on bottom structure you should definitely be thinking about structure scan. I think any manufacturer has good network capability. A Garmin GSD24 or a Simrad BSM1 would be plenty good enough at your depths. Do you prefer touch screen or not?

If you wanted to stick Garmin go for the 7212 or 7215. If money is no object, go for the 8212 or 8215. I would go 7212 with GSD24 and a B60. I like touchscreen

For Simrad I would go NSS12 with BSM1 and SS264 with structure scan. The Simrad also opens up the 3G or 4G radar. I know you said no radar, but the G radars don't have issue with mounting around people as they don't have any harmful radiation like traditional radar. I also switched up the transducer to a narrower beam higher resolution transducer because you can augment it with structure scan when you want to see wide.
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What's wrong with a little radiation here and there?
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Simrad is a nice package and you can take advantage of their rebates going on now. They network very well together and are capable of chirp with BSM2 and by adding gofree get wireless connection to Ipad, iphone, weather, sirius audio, side scan,radar, etc..... Here is link to their upgrade rebates.

http://www.simrad-yachting.com/en-US...imate-Upgrade/
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Which transducer should be chosen for the NSS12 and BSM-1 ?
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In my opinion if you are going to add structure scan, I would go with the SS264. If you didn't want structure scan (but in your depths, you will love it) I would go with the B60. I think SemperFiFishing still is selling those SS264 pairs for $1300. Great deal, those babies are normally about $1700 at the best priced stores. The B60 you can probably find for about $200. The B60 gives you much more coverage, but much less resolution, IE target seperation and detail. The SS264 has a narrower beam, and better sensitivity. You will see much more detail and at greater depth capability.
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Another option that I didn't think of would be the Lowrance HDS12 Touch. It has structure scan built in, and it would probably run a bit less than the Simrad stuff, but I really like the Simrad stuff
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Anything new coming up with Furuno? Time for them to step it up i think. I am leaning toward the simrad NSS12 and structure scan Not sure if theBSM-2 is worth it for under 150ft. Would like to find small spots that go unnoticed!!
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Anything new coming up with Furuno? Time for them to step it up i think. I am leaning toward the simrad NSS12 and structure scan Not sure if theBSM-2 is worth it for under 150ft. Would like to find small spots that go unnoticed!!
Furuno has a CHIRP sounder coming out in about a month. Very little is known about it and the literature that has come out so far has even been incorrect and misleading. They dropped the ball, and haven't picked it up yet!

I have a buddy that fishes the gulf area with the BSM-2 for grouper in an area called the swiss cheese. Named so because there are a lot of holes on the ground that grouper like to hide in. He went with the BSM-2 and says he sees the holes and the grouper hiding in the holes on his BSM-2, where he would see very little with his old conventional sonar.

If you are looking for small structure that go unnoticed, the structure scan is probably better for that. If you are looking for hard to find fish, the BSM-2 will do better in that regard.
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