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Old 10-13-2014, 12:07 PM
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I am getting very close to picking up a 23' bay boat and wanted to outfit it with some nice electronics. I primarily fish inshore with some family trips nearshore. I might venture offshore but not often and certainly not in anything but great weather.

So far this is what I have:

VHF Radio: Standard Horizon GX1700 - I like the built in GPS
VHF Antenna: 4' Antenna mounted to the TTop with a ratchet mount - Really don't want a giant antenna hanging off the ttop and I am behind a 9' bridge.

GPS Unit: SIMRAD NSS7 evo2 - I liked it better than the Garmin
Transducer: B60 thru-hull. I am still a bit fuzzy if this is the right transducer since I have very limited nearshore/offshore fishing experience. The installation is "free" so I did want to take advantage of that offer.

Also, should I pick up a chart package or stick with the built in ones? Anything else I should consider or be concerned with?

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My new 2400 Pure Bay is being rigged as we speak. Here are two thoughts.

1. I am going with a Simrad NSS9 evo2. I have the NSS8 on my skiff and love it and I really like the bigger screen. I had a Garmin 740 and the screen increase is just killer. I just think 7" screens are two small for any kind of split. For me, if the cost is too much for the NSS evo 2, I would go with an NSS8 over the evo7.
2. I am also having a Sonic Hub and four speakers added. I have been downloading tons of music off the web (found a very inexpensive site) and putting them on a thumb drive. So with the sonic hub (AM/FM) radio plus the thumb drive I will have plenty of tunes. Can add Sirrius later on if I choose to.
3. Since fog can be an issue around here I am also getting the Simrad 4G radar.

Have fun with whatever you do!!!
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I would recommend the B75M CHIRP transducer instead of B60. It will be better both for the bay and offshore.

You should consider Simrad RS35 VHF. Integrated AIS receiver and NMEA 2000 interface. I prefer NMEA 2000 by far over NMEA 183, much easier and more robust cabling.
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As Abbor notes, the Simrad RS35 for sure, I would look hard at the Simrad NSS8 as well or if you must have the Evo2 units, go with the 9" but even then, the screen on the NSS8 is a better choice.

Ducer? What depths are you fishing ? I went to a B175 HW and will be fishing from 20' to 250+ give or take.
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Originally Posted by Straegen View Post
siAnything else I should consider or be concerned with?
If you go with the evo2 then you can also easily add the LSS-2 transducer anytime you want.
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Good point Gil and that's a benefit of the EVO2 units.
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I find the B60 on the NSS8 to be more than adequate for fishing our waters. The extremely wide 50HZ cone is great for spotting kings, snapper piles, and bait. The 200kHz beam is good for finding hard bottom. Unless you are doing some fishing where target separation is critical, then I'm not sure you'll find that much additional value in a B75. The picture will definitely be clearer, but you will also lose the dual cone advantage. I simply haven't seen a compelling enough reason yet to justify the cost in our waters.

If the B75 and the B60 were the same price, then my story might be a little different.

A LSS-2 transducer is a must.

A 7" screen is a little too small. It will leave you wanting more. NSS8 plus SonarHub or NSS9evo2.

So, stay with the B60 and spend the extra money on a bigger screen.
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Or the RS12. It has NMEA2000 without the AIS receiver and does not support HS35 wireless handsets.
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I would not drill a 60mm hole in the hull of a new boat to put in outdated technology, the future of fishfinders is CHIRP. I've been using B60 for 7 years, it's a good transducer but it has a Q-factor of about 30, a CHIRP transducer has a Q-factor or about 2, this gives a large difference when it comes to the amount of ringing, this ringing will give major differences in resolution also when operated in fixed frequency mode.
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Furuno. Ditch the Simrad. Just my opinion.
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I have a 2014 Seahunt 22BXBR with
lowrance HDS-9 Gen 2 touch with 83/200 and LSS-2 transducers
lowrance Link-8 vhf radio with AIS NMEA 2000
all flush mounted. with extras of texas coast hot-spots.
I had that installed this week, waiting for weekend to test it on the water.

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