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Old 11-21-2016, 11:40 AM
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Default Choosing the "Electronic Package" - Transceiver Options

In the process of selecting options for our new Sea Hunt 234. Sea Hunt offers an "Electronics Package" that includes the Simrad 9" EVO2 with a B60 Thru-hull transducer.

What do you guys feel about that option? I know the B60 will not provide all the info I need so a transom transceiver will still be required to provide structure scanning and so forth... They also offer the B164 transducer on larger boats but I am not 100% certain of the differences.

Should I still have them install the Simrad with the B60 transducer or should I avoid having the hole in the boat and just have a single "all-in-one" transom mounted transceiver installed after the boat is delivered?

And would "both" transceivers be connected to the Simrad or would the transom mounted unit I plan to install make the thru-hull B60 obsolete? ...in which case I'll save myself a hole in the boat
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How deep are you fishing?


The EVO 2 is CHIRP capable....neither the B60 or the B164 is a CHIRP transducer.

You might consider the CHIRP B75 instead of the B60.
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I'm at least 50 miles from anything close to 1000' so I don't believe I will be going any deeper any time soon. I would assume 250' would be my average...

Good point on the CHIRP... if the manufacturer doesn't give me that option, perhaps it isn't worth drilling the hull for the B60 transducer right?

I figured having the manufacturer install it would give me some advantage in regards to warranty and such, but not if what they are installing is not what I need.
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Where are you fishing and what for?
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Originally Posted by Tuvix View Post
I'm at least 50 miles from anything close to 1000' so I don't believe I will be going any deeper any time soon. I would assume 250' would be my average...

Good point on the CHIRP... if the manufacturer doesn't give me that option, perhaps it isn't worth drilling the hull for the B60 transducer right?

I figured having the manufacturer install it would give me some advantage in regards to warranty and such, but not if what they are installing is not what I need.
The B60 will work..the B75 even better.
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We need to know about how you fish and what for, then we can recommend the best transducer for the application. A b175hw may be the best
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Originally Posted by InternationalMarineBrian View Post
We need to know about how you fish and what for, then we can recommend the best transducer for the application. A b175hw may be the best
Well... that's a hard question to answer as I'm not local to these waters or anything close to them. I'll be fishing the NE from Barnegat Bay NJ to Ocean City MD... strictly catch and release so I don't necessarily target any one particular fish.

From what I can see, I need to head out 50 miles to get to 1000' or deeper... that is a stretch I believe for me in a 24' boat with single outboard.

The boat I just sold had structure scanning and side scanning which I thought was very nice, but the boat was too small to take out of the bay. It had a transom mounted transducer which showed an interference line on one side anytime the motor was running... likely mounted too close to the engine.
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Up here we run offshore in 24 footers ,that's not uncommon. I think that for how and where you are fishing you should go with the b175hw and lss2 or if you go Garmin the GT50
The B175m would be my 2nd if the B175hw is not in the budget.
You should know that the EVO2 is being replaced by the EVO3 that was recently announced by Simrad
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Originally Posted by InternationalMarineBrian View Post
Up here we run offshore in 24 footers ,that's not uncommon. I think that for how and where you are fishing you should go with the b175hw and lss2 or if you go Garmin the GT50

You should know that the EVO2 is being replaced by the EVO3 that was recently announced by Simrad
Yeah I saw that... and it's only a couple hundred more than the EVO2.

I only have experience with Humminbird units, ignoring stone-age era equipment I used to have... should I be looking at other models like the Garmin if I'm going to install the unit myself? (The manufacturer offers a Simrad or a Simrad...)
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Where will you be taking delivery of the boat?
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Where will you be taking delivery of the boat?
Toms River NJ.
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Spring time or over the winter? If we can assist in anyway feel free to call me directly on my cell at 410-443-8555
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I believe it will be ready around January/February but I don't plan to take delivery till spring.

I really appreciate your assistance, I will call you for sure as it sounds like I may be better off retrofitting my own.

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