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Old 09-02-2014, 06:16 PM
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I am looking at a boat with no electronics ? I will spend $10k+- I want a 9"to12" touch screen chirp/broadband I would like if possible Dvu-SideVu. I am also looking at A/P same mfg as gps/sonar. I will install my self also transducer to 300',I fish Lake Erie all advice is welcome. The reason I am asking is because of all the new stuff
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Old 09-02-2014, 06:56 PM
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No radar? How many screens can you fit? If you went Simrad, 2 screens would be nice, and I think Sinrad will give you the most bang for your buck. Touch screen Garmin with Side Vü is pricey.
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Oh, and what are you looking for at 300', fish? Bottom structure? Both?
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:31 PM
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stiletto I fish 50' or less mainly looking for perch/walleye perch 6" or less from bottom. I don't have a need for radar but want to have it for future.I could put 2 12" but am only going with 1 unit now, I have been looking at Raymarine or Simrad side vu would be helpful when trolling for walleye. I watcher team old schools video on Simrad chirp in 30' of water very impressive. Thanks for the reply Walt
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:35 PM
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If you fish Lake Erie, why are you worried about 300-feet for the SONAR? Most of the lake is about 30-feet deep, and the deepest part is only 200-feet.
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Simrad evo2 is amazing! I racked my brain on which newer electronics to go with, save yourself the headache and check a couple out in person. Simrad evo2 was hands down the best unit in my price range and you get built in chirp and structure scan. Once you check out the simrad interface it's hard to beat IMHO.
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Old 09-03-2014, 03:34 AM
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Good news is, pretty much any brand will work well for you. I think your best bet is to try them out a little and see if one appeals to you more than others. Also, I had an NSS12 on my previous boat and went with two 9" on my current boat and I prefer the two 9" screens. Previously I had thought I would prefer one larger screen, but that hasn't been my experience.
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stiletto,

Would you please expand on why you prefer two 9" screens vs an NSS12? I can think of some screen real-estate advantages but it would be great to hear from someone who has done both. Forgive me if this has been posted up previously.

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stiletto,

Would you please expand on why you prefer two 9" screens vs an NSS12? I can think of some screen real-estate advantages but it would be great to hear from someone who has done both. Forgive me if this has been posted up previously.

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It just looks and feels more seperated. So I tend to run one as chart and one as sonar. Each has dedicated controls. I guess I like that immediate access to the dedicated functions that two displays brings. If I had space for 2x 12", I would have gone 2x 12". Call on the forum vendors here, you can get a lot for your budget, they have great prices and customer service.
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If you fish Lake Erie, why are you worried about 300-feet for the SONAR? Most of the lake is about 30-feet deep, and the deepest part is only 200-feet.
I might want to go to Lake Ontario salmon fishing or move south when the wife retires
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Stiletto if I run 2- 9" Simrad or Raymarine units with chirp would be the best $ wise
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Stiletto if I run 2- 9" Simrad or Raymarine units with chirp would be the best $ wise
Would be the least costly. Garmin you would have to give up your touch screen preference to get a reasonable priced system. The Simrad has a better performing CHIRP sonar, and access to much higher quality CHIRP transducers unless you add the CP450C to your Raymarine system. But at your depths, you aren't going to be challenging the sonar too much so not the end of the world.

If I were designing your system, I would probably go with dual NSS9, B175W transducer, LSS2 transducer, and Simrad Autopilot. If I had budget, maybe upgrade one (or two) of the NSS9 to an NSS12 You can downgrade the transducer to a B150M to save some money, but the B175W is a nice unit and your budget seems to allow it.

For Raymarine I would go with a98 pair and be disappointed that CP100 isn't built into the e9x series. Add a RMK-9 to make it more like an e9x series. Add CP200 for side scan. Raymarine autopilot. Upscale screen size as capable.

I would prefer the Simrad myself, 1. I prefer their interface user interface (personal preference), 2. It would have a higher performing sonar. Though I didn't price either system, so no idea where that would be and how that would change your decision.
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To get the performance most people mean by CHIRP an Airmar CHIRP transducer is needed. With Raymarine the expensive two channel CP450i is then needed, Simrad NSS Evo2 have a high performance 1-channel CHIRP integrated, so the Simrad package would be much cheaper.

Last year CP450i required both a High and Low CHIRP transducer connected making it even more expensive, I don't know if this still is the situation.
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I'd have to go with either one Simrad NSS12 Evo2 Display or two Simrad NSS9 Evo2 Displays, a Simrad 4G Broadband radar, Simrad Autopilot System consisting of AP28 Control Head, AC course Computer, RC42 Rate Compas, RPU80 Hydraulic Pump and SIMKIT-1, and a TM150 Transom Mount CHIRP transducer. You only need one transducer even if you go with 2 displays because the Simrad Evo2 has "bridge control" which allows both screens to share. PM sent.
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