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Old 04-13-2016, 12:02 PM   #1
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Default Garmin CHIRP SideVü™ scanning sonar – how great is it?

I’m shopping for an electronics package to install in my new 24’ Robalo. It will be docked on the Indian River Bay, DE and used primarily on the bay, inlet, and near off-shore (5’-250’ saltwater) variety of fishing at wrecks, artificial reefs, trolling, tossing jigs & bottom fishing. I’m considering the 7610xsv but would like to hear some real life experiences (pro’s or cons) specifically with Garmin’s CHIRP SideVü™ scanning sonar.

I'm coming from a 740s and never used SideVü™ before. Can’t say I missed it and have not been overly impressed with the SideVü™ screen shots I have seen posted here. However, SideVü™ is built into the xvs series so a piece of me thinks it’s a must have when outfitting a new boat. However, it brings some baggage for my application. A deep V hull requires either a pair of external fairing block Tru-Hulls ($$) or a bulky TM-ducer to support the SideVü™ feature. Garmin’s literature says fairing block ducers aren’t recommended for trailered boats so that option is off the table for me. That leaves a TM-ducer which seems like a step backwards overall. I’m also concerned about marine growth attaching to the ledges & blocky protrusions inherent of those transducer styles. Flush mount thru-hull transducers are proven best for the conditions I boat in but they don’t support side SideVü™

Sorry for the long intro to some simple questions. How great is SideVü™ in real world application? Has it lived up to your expectations? Did it help you land fish you otherwise wouldn’t have gotten? Am I crazy for thinking about an xvs unit and not using the SideVü™ feature?
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For fishing up here in your area I think that you will really like the side Vu capabilities.
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nesto, I do a lot of wreck fishing and have to say the sidescan (which Garmin calls sidevu) feature is AWESOME. It helps finding structure you'd otherwise miss, also it helps determine which side of the boat has the heavier bottom structure.

Also, it helps finding schools of baitfish (bunker, in my case) as it will show you which side of the boat the school is thicker on (when they're not popping out of the water). This makes it easier to figure out which side of the boat to throw the net on if the school is down deep a bit...

Not sure what depth water you fish in, but I purchased the GT52 transducer, which is only 6 inches long and does CHIRP/Down/Side. Also, I paint the transducer to prevent growth on it.

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nesto, I do a lot of wreck fishing and have to say the sidescan (which Garmin calls sidevu) feature is AWESOME. It helps finding structure you'd otherwise miss, also it helps determine which side of the boat has the heavier bottom structure.

Also, it helps finding schools of baitfish (bunker, in my case) as it will show you which side of the boat the school is thicker on (when they're not popping out of the water). This makes it easier to figure out which side of the boat to throw the net on if the school is down deep a bit...

Not sure what depth water you fish in, but I purchased the GT52 transducer, which is only 6 inches long and does CHIRP/Down/Side. Also, I paint the transducer to prevent growth on it.
Thanks for the info. Most of the time, we run in areas that range from 5-250 feet. Occasionally we travel further out where the power of the GT50 series might come in handy.

What is your top speed that you can still hold bottom (depth reading) with the GT52?
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