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Old 07-17-2014, 06:45 PM
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Default Lowrance HDS-9/structure scan boat set up help?

I have a Ranger Bay 2200 and want to put a lowrance HDS-9 touch on it with a thru hull transducer for traditional sonar as well as the LSS-2 Structure Scan transom mount transducer probably reverse mount. My primary use will be saltwater inshore, flats, bays, docks, etc.(90%) with some nearshore excursions in 60-120 feet for flounder, grouper, etc. (10%). Any recommendations for the thru hull? I've heard the Airmar B60 but they have so many models its confusing. Can anyone help me with the selection....also will it be worth it to me to add Chirp with a chirp transducer for the fishing I will be doing?


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Old 07-19-2014, 05:17 AM
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One of my main purposes for upgrading is to get a thru hull transducer that reads on plane. The transom mount will not read on plane on this boat from what I understand. Is Chirp going to be worth the extra expense for the few times I go bottom fishing? I would think inshore I will mostly use the structure scan.
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Old 07-19-2014, 05:34 AM
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Why would it not read on a plane? If it is mounted properly, then there should be no problem reading on a plane.
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I talked to another owner of the hull and he can't read on plane. Ranger couldn't offer any solutions. I have never had much luck with transom mounts in choppy conditions. Most bayboat owners I've talked to have the same issue. Also I keep the boat in the water and transom mounts become artificial reefs quickly in our marina.
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I gotcha. I do have good luck with mine on a bayboat, that is why I asked.
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I'm running a HDS9 with SonarHub and TM150. I see bottom at 56mph no problem. I have a 13 degree transom and used the 4.5 degree wedge on it. Mounted it 1/4" below the hull line and trailing edge is about 1 inch down. No spray and clear signal. My boat is a Sea Hunt BX24BR.
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I looked at the transducer and was able to lower it about 1/2 inch, I'll see if that makes a difference, still doesn't solve the coral reef issue in the water though. The thru hull on my last boat was well worth it, paid for itself in grouper, but I'm doing a lot less offshore now.
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What depths is Chirp most useful?

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