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Old 08-08-2013, 07:14 PM
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Default What do you think of this setup?

I am looking at a new boat that is already built, just not sold yet. It has no electronics at all. I have a few questions, but here is what I'm thinking.

2 Simrad NSS12
4G Broadband Radar
Simrad Autopilot AP24 Virtual Rudder Feedback. Does This Work with twin outboards?
2 Icom VHF Any suggestions on the model?
Fusion Radio Not sure which one I want, but I used one and liked it.
Fusion Remote
Sirius Satellite Radio and weather

I left one very important thing out, the transducer. I have no clue about them but I want one that works really well and is pretty detailed and obviously works with the simrad.

I also forgot that this is for a 32 Contender
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:33 PM
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The AP-24 with vrf will be good on twins or triples. What depths do you plan on fishing? You will need to decide chirp or conventional sounder. BSM-2 is chirp module and BSM-1 is conventional. Next question will the boat be trailered? Does the hull have steps? If so you will probably want a in hull transducer. The in hull will also cut down on drag. There are several options for BSM-2(chirp) m265lh and r111lh both seem popular. If you go with a in hull you will also need a external temp sensor if you are looking for temp changes while trolling. I am familiar with both of these tranducers they are both great , just depends how much $$ you wanna drop. You will also need a heading sensor for the AP and will probably want a external GPS antenna. The NSS has them built in but from time to time they lose signal under the hardtop. There are a lot of really knowledgable folks on this board who will help you. Gill (Semperfifishing)is the man!
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:44 PM
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The boat does have steps. So is thru hull better or is an in hull better. Which will give the best performace? Plan on fishing the reefs, deep dropping, swordfishing, basically everything offshore. SHould I get the chirp, I hear they are great but am not sure how it will affect how I fish. The boat will be trailered if that changes anything.
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In hull will be better because of how far forward transducer will have to be mounted. The steps induct air under the hull which will cause interference. I am no expert but from my experience most guys with stepped hulls run in hull transducers. If I am wrong on this please correct me anybody! Also having thru hulls mounted forward of the steps will beat them up while loading and unloading from a trailer(can be avoided by proper traler setup). The boat you are buying is meant to go fast and having a in hull will cut down on the amount of drag therefore keeping your speed and efficency. other than the in hull transducers the only chirp ducer i am familiar with is the b265lh w/high speed fairing, which is big and i personally wouldnt put one on a contender 32st.

If you are planning on swordfishing and deep dropping chirp is probably a better option. It will give you better target separation at depth.again I am not a expert and trying to help you to the best of my knowledge. Having fished on three boats with Simrad chirp I am pleased with the performance. It will take a little tweaking but they are really nice. The interface is a lot easier on the NSS than the NSE. Even the NSE is fairly easy to navigate once you get the hang of it.
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You can get thru hull that are flush and can be angled to fit the V of the hull to shoot straight down. There is a little loss with the "Thru hull" and if going for maximum depth/resolution I would go thru hull--also can have temp in the thru hull.
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Originally Posted by thataway View Post
You can get thru hull that are flush and can be angled to fit the V of the hull to shoot straight down. There is a little loss with the "Thru hull" and if going for maximum depth/resolution I would go thru hull--also can have temp in the thru hull.
Good to know! Do you have any particular models you are familiar with? Thanks!
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What transducer did you go with ? I have the same boat and did not pull the trigger on transducer yet.
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