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Old 06-06-2016, 05:32 PM
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I'm looking to upgrade my electronics on my boat and it is kicking my ass! I currently have a Raymarine A50 and a Lowrance HD5 Gen1. My boat is a 2008 Palm Beach 205.

My budget is $1000 and i'd really like to have a chartplotter and fishfinder in the same unit. Most of the fishing I do is between 50-200ft off the Alabama coast.

I've been looking at the Garmin 741sx and haven't seen anything bad about it (maybe I haven't looked hard enough).

Does anyone have any other recommendations for me to look into? I want one that is chirp capable, and has down vu imaging, not too concerned with side vu.

Thanks for any input/advice!
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Originally Posted by cbrantley531 View Post
I'm looking to upgrade my electronics on my boat and it is kicking my ass! I currently have a Raymarine A50 and a Lowrance HD5 Gen1. My boat is a 2008 Palm Beach 205.

My budget is $1000 and i'd really like to have a chartplotter and fishfinder in the same unit. Most of the fishing I do is between 50-200ft off the Alabama coast.

I've been looking at the Garmin 741sx and haven't seen anything bad about it (maybe I haven't looked hard enough).

Does anyone have any other recommendations for me to look into? I want one that is chirp capable, and has down vu imaging, not too concerned with side vu.

Thanks for any input/advice!
I have the 741xs paired with another unit and it's great but I wouldn't want to split the screen for both maps and sounder.

Have you looked at the Garmin 94SV or 94DV? With Chirp transducer and fits your budget thereabouts.

See here:

http://www.thehulltruth.com/semperfifishing-marine-electronics-transducer-sales/730111-new-garmin-echomap-chirps-now-stock.html
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The Simrad Go7 with total scan transducer and the Navionics Platinum plus card is my recommendation
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Originally Posted by shansgonefishin View Post
I have the 741xs paired with another unit and it's great but I wouldn't want to split the screen for both maps and sounder.

Have you looked at the Garmin 94SV or 94DV? With Chirp transducer and fits your budget thereabouts.

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http://www.thehulltruth.com/semperfi...now-stock.html

Thanks for the input, that was something I was worried about. I'd love to have a 10" but just can't afford it. Would the 94's 5hz GPS be a lot slower than the 741sx 10hz? I know it obiously would be 5 hz slower, but where would that come into play?
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Originally Posted by InternationalMarineBrian View Post
The Simrad Go7 with total scan transducer and the Navionics Platinum plus card is my recommendation
Not being rude by any means, but why would you say that unit? I am just trying to learn lol
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You can get CHIRP, Down scan and Side scan from the unit. It's current as it's only been out for less than a year. It's a fast and smooth operation. It's the same professor and sounder as the more expensive Simrad Evo2 units
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It's not a hard choice.....furuno! Lol
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Originally Posted by cbrantley531 View Post
Thanks for the input, that was something I was worried about. I'd love to have a 10" but just can't afford it. Would the 94's 5hz GPS be a lot slower than the 741sx 10hz? I know it obiously would be 5 hz slower, but where would that come into play?
Sorry mate, I'm not sure to be honest, Semperfifishing will know... I guess there has to be some compromises getting out to a 9" screen with Chirp for the price.
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Originally Posted by cbrantley531 View Post
Thanks for the input, that was something I was worried about. I'd love to have a 10" but just can't afford it. Would the 94's 5hz GPS be a lot slower than the 741sx 10hz? I know it obiously would be 5 hz slower, but where would that come into play?
You wont be able to detect any difference between 5 hz and 10 hz GPS update rates.

5 HZ updates your position 5 times a second and 10 HZ does it 10 times a second.

I dont know how fast your boat is but mine doesnt go all that far in 1/5th of a second even at top speed.

At 30 mph, your boat will move 44 ft in one second. At 5 hz you will be getting an updated position roughly every 9 feet. How long is your boat? At 10 hz you will be getting an updated position every 4.5 feet.

10 hz sounds twice as good as 5 hz - and it is - but you wont be able to detect the difference or see it on the chart.

The GPS position errors are far larger than that anyway.

Screen re-draw times and processing times are what counts and they dont list that
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If his budget was not $1000 and he didn't want CHIRP or down scan/vu, I would agree!
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Originally Posted by coastalfiberglass View Post
It's not a hard choice.....furuno! Lol
Trust me, i'd love to have a Furuno set up! If I got one, i'd start have to selling my guns and get a GoFundMe page for the broke fisherman foundation going lol
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Originally Posted by Yrral3215 View Post
You wont be able to detect any difference between 5 hz and 10 hz GPS update rates.

5 HZ updates your position 5 times a second and 10 HZ does it 10 times a second.

I dont know how fast your boat is but mine doesnt go all that far in 1/5th of a second even at top speed.

At 30 mph, your boat will move 44 ft in one second. At 5 hz you will be getting an updated position roughly every 9 feet. How long is your boat? At 10 hz you will be getting an updated position every 4.5 feet.

10 hz sounds twice as good as 5 hz - and it is - but you wont be able to detect the difference or see it on the chart.

The GPS position errors are far larger than that anyway.

Screen re-draw times and processing times are what counts and they dont list that
Thank you for that information sir! I understand it now, my boat is only 20ft and doesn't go much higher than 30knts loaded down, so it sounds like a 5hz will work!
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If his budget was not $1000 and he didn't want CHIRP or down scan/vu, I would agree!
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