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Old 07-15-2013, 07:09 PM
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I have settled pretty much on the Garmin 740 chart plotter. However my sounder options have been more difficult. I want a dedicated sounder, but what to choose. I'm not up on all the new sounders available or the new technology. I'd like to keep the price range around 1500-2000.

Is Chirp out of this price range? Side scan? I want a quality unit, but I don't spend much time in water over 20 fathoms, I spend a lot of time in 15-40ft of water and would like to be able to identify objects for possible dive sites. Well I guess I want it all.

Any help would really be appreciated. What units should I be considering or looking at?
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Talk to Gil, semperfifishing on here. He is the man when it comes to transducers and what sonar to get. Black box chirp systems all cost around 1500-2000 just for the box. Then you have to add the screen to use it which is another 3000+ and the transducer which is 1100+. For 120 feet and under, chirp is almost is far from needed. Chirp is more for target separation between baitfish and predator fish at deep depths. I have a 740s and for me the screen is too small, but if you are running it just as a chart plotter its fine. Im looking to upgrade to a Furuno TZT system within the next year. For a standalone fish finder, the Furuno FCV627 or FCV587 are great options.
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I'll check out the Furunos ,thanks for the reply.
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Originally Posted by miyot View Post
I have settled pretty much on the Garmin 740 chart plotter. However my sounder options have been more difficult. I want a dedicated sounder, but what to choose. I'm not up on all the new sounders available or the new technology. I'd like to keep the price range around 1500-2000.

Is Chirp out of this price range? Side scan? I want a quality unit, but I don't spend much time in water over 20 fathoms, I spend a lot of time in 15-40ft of water and would like to be able to identify objects for possible dive sites. Well I guess I want it all.

Any help would really be appreciated. What units should I be considering or looking at?
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As a option beside the excellent Furuno units take a look a the new Garmin CHIRP units.

With the Garmin 547xs and the TM150 you can have an excellent single band CHIRP unit that will compliment the 740 you already are thinking of getting.

Just a little over $1k so well within your budget.

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Check out the Garmin 741xs, it is a combo unit with chirp sounder built in. Retail price $1699 and the chirp transom mount transducer is less than $300. This would give you a back up chartplotter in case one locks up, it happened to me once while tuna fishing. I just installed this set up on my boat and really like it. If you really only want a stand alone sounder you could get the 541 that also has chirp built in for less.
Call Gil at Semper Fishing, he has great advise, service, and pricing.
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Lowrance HDS Touch would be my vote for finding dive structure. Much better than traditional sonar at finding and seeing structure. In 20 fathoms it will work great.
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I appreciate the help. Gil, I will give you a call in the near future. I had figured a dedicated sounder would perform better than a plotter-sounder. I could give up the idea on the Garmin 740 and go with the Garmin 547XS with the TM 150 and get a smaller plotter for a back up.

This option would leave me a little more cash to work with. I would like a larger screen than the 547XS has. Does Garmin have a similar unit with a larger screen that has chirp capability. I think the TM 150 is a transom mount and I would like a thru hull, something like the Airmar. But I don't know if it is a chirp transducer.

My location for the transducer is about 13 degrees. Anyhow I'll call you in the near future and we can figure out the details. Thanks for responding.
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Originally Posted by stiletto View Post
Lowrance HDS Touch would be my vote for finding dive structure. Much better than traditional sonar at finding and seeing structure. In 20 fathoms it will work great.
I would definitely read others reviews on this site before spending any money on Lowrance.
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Originally Posted by miyot View Post
I appreciate the help. Gil, I will give you a call in the near future. I had figured a dedicated sounder would perform better than a plotter-sounder. I could give up the idea on the Garmin 740 and go with the Garmin 547XS with the TM 150 and get a smaller plotter for a back up.

Anyhow I'll call you in the near future and we can figure out the details. Thanks for responding.
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miyot .....


I have what you're think about doing. The 547 fits your needs perfectly.


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I really appreciate every ones input. Its been a great help.
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Tom, did you need to mount the external antennas above the glove box because the internal antenna could not shoot through the fiberglass or did you just want the redundancy?
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I would definitely read others reviews on this site before spending any money on Lowrance.
+1000. Almost every problem thread in the marine electronics forum has to do with the Navico brands. It seems everyone with a 3G/4G radome has had a big problem.
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I would definitely read others reviews on this site before spending any money on Lowrance.
I support the recommendation of HDS Touch, never had any problems with my HDS-7 Touch. I've had it since October last year. Very intuitive user interface. I've had StructureScan since it came out a bit more than three years ago. Both the water coverage and resolution are impressive.
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Nothing wrong with my HDS-9. It has been a solid unit for me.
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I won't go through all the problems I encountered with Lowrance electronics (specifically the 7" and 9" touch and Link 8 VHF), but there have been several different posters who experienced the same problems I did. I won't ever buy anything from them again.

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