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Old 07-09-2014, 04:20 PM
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:15 PM
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I would go with a 1040xs and a GCV10, should find ledges real good. Could get two and skip the Furuno.
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Sounds good to me. So many choices these days!
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1040xs, CHIRP B175M, CHIRP GCV 10.

Far better sonar capability on every level than the FCV 587 and the 526TID...especially for bottom fishing.







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I was hoping you would chime in, Gil. This is great, thanks for all replies

Assume the meteor, radar, and autopilot still all work in unison as well?
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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post
1040xs, CHIRP B175M, CHIRP GCV 10.

Far better sonar capability on every level than the FCV 587 and the 526TID...especially for bottom fishing.






Only thing I dont like about the 1040xs is the buttons. What touch screen mfd would be compatible with the same setup?
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8000 series with the gcv-10..talking big $. I prefer touch as well, so stuck with the 7212's for now.
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Simrad NSS Evo2 would be a touch screen to consider.
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Thanks S, I was wondering about the Simrad as well

Back to the Garmin pkg: On the Garmin 175M ducer, which would I need, the high frequency or the med freq??
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Originally Posted by stiletto View Post
Simrad NSS Evo2 would be a touch screen to consider.
+1. I actually have 2 x NSEs with CHIRP/Sidescan, and have been very happy with the performance. I also fish the GOM, usually less than 150', and have found a huge number of new spots over the last few months with it. 1-2' ledges are no problem with zoom/bottom shift at up to 35mph or so. I can even tell hardbottom from sand at those speeds. Add in the sidescan and it is unfair (compared to my old electronics). Also, if you fish tarpon, or look for bait, the sidescan is unfair. Even though it will add some cash, I would make sure you have a second screen (I can't remember what you said in your original post). I like to have chart split with Chirp on one screen, Sidescan on the other. Makes scouting for new bottom a breeze.

I went back and read that you are planning on 2 screens, mixing and matching. I debated that as well, Garmin for chart, Furuno for sonar. One of the really nice things about the Simrad setup (and maybe you can do it with that Garmin/Furuno setup, not sure but don't think so) is that you can put in waypoints directly off the sonar or sidescan. See a ledge on sidescan? Put the cursor on it and hit the waypoint button--it is now on your chart screen. This is particularly useful for wrecks and ledges. You can outline them with waypoints which makes it very easy to anchor or drift properly. Also, if you run over a new spot at speed, you can scroll back and mark it rather than driving back and searching at slow speed. Saves a lot of time.
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Originally Posted by GASeminole View Post
Thanks S, I was wondering about the Simrad as well

Back to the Garmin pkg: On the Garmin 175M ducer, which would I need, the high frequency or the med freq??
The B75 H or B175H will give the best bottom detail.

If fishing under 300' the B75H will be a good choice...especially is used in conjunction with the GCV 10.

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