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Old 01-16-2017, 02:01 PM
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Default Thoughts on Garmin echomap CHIRP 94

Its top of the list on my new plotter/finder and im wondering if any owners out there have any thoughts on it theyd like to share
Old 01-16-2017, 04:54 PM
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I have an echoMAP CHIRP 93sv but it's the same unit. 92,93,94 and 95 are the same unit but come with different maps. The 94 comes with the GT51 and the others the GT52. I've used my 93sv with the GT50, 51 and 52. as well as the Panoptix xd's. This is one great unit and currently available at unbelievable pricing. Performance is outstanding and a 9 inch screen!!!. Does chirp on 2d, side and down and the transducers named are low "Q" chirp designed transducers. Has the 12 pin transducer port so it's compatible with all the 12 pin and 8 pin transducers. It has a Panoptix port. I've used it with both the GT51 and Panoptix running at the same time with no slowdown or delay whatsoever. It has a design shortcoming. If you want a network unit you'll have to buy something else. You cannot use ethernet to share sonar to or from another unit. Personally I think it is the best bargain on the market right now. It's not often you see offered a unit so deeply discounted that also has a future. The 12 pin port and Panoptix port gives it lots of breathing room.
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Really like the one I have, easy to use and a large screen for the money.
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I just ordered this unit as well. How do you guys like split screen when navigating and looking at bottom? Also what settings are u using on sonar?
Thanks for any info
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Bought the 94svCHIRP last spring and have been very pleased w/its performance. Easy to use menus and nice size screen. I use the shoot thru hull x-ducer and get great bottom images at all speeds. I use split screen once I'm on the fishing grounds. Before I installed it I hooked it up to a battery in my basement and learned how to use it & did some software updates. Also preloaded some old waypoints. Once it was in the boat I was ready to go.
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Originally Posted by LWinchester View Post
I've used my 93sv with the GT50, 51 and 52. as well as the Panoptix xd's. This is one great unit and currently available at unbelievable pricing. Performance is outstanding and a 9 inch screen!!!.
I'm looking at this as well as the 74 SV (Trying to figure out how to fit the 94 in the electronics box along with the VHF.

We mainly are close to shore and in the river, but in salt water. How does the GT51 (now called ClearVu/SideVU?) transducer work in the moderately shallow water - less than 150 ft, and often in 10-40 ft? Would the 90 or 92 transducer be a much better choice?
Old 01-16-2017, 06:46 PM
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They were on sale at west marine for 919.00 when I bought mine...only problem we have was the transducer spraying water...garmin spray shield solved the issue
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94SV

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/garmi...FQ9Efgod7sgBxw



sprayshield

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/garmi...FUNafgodzfkLVA
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Originally Posted by bobmcc1000 View Post
I'm looking at this as well as the 74 SV (Trying to figure out how to fit the 94 in the electronics box along with the VHF.

We mainly are close to shore and in the river, but in salt water. How does the GT51 (now called ClearVu/SideVU?) transducer work in the moderately shallow water - less than 150 ft, and often in 10-40 ft? Would the 90 or 92 transducer be a much better choice?
The GT51 works great at those depths. On rough water days we stay close to the beach in about 30'. It's been great in traditional chirp and sidevu. I don't use downvu much unless im out deeper. So far I had it out a bit past 300' and it performed great. I plan to test it much deeper soon.
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Originally Posted by bobmcc1000 View Post
I'm looking at this as well as the 74 SV (Trying to figure out how to fit the 94 in the electronics box along with the VHF.

We mainly are close to shore and in the river, but in salt water. How does the GT51 (now called ClearVu/SideVU?) transducer work in the moderately shallow water - less than 150 ft, and often in 10-40 ft? Would the 90 or 92 transducer be a much better choice?
Mine work great in the Chesapeake Bay, up to 100ft..Will Maintain Bottom while on plane cruising 35kt with detail. I have the 94sv and the GT51 ducer.
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Originally Posted by Xpac View Post
The GT51 works great at those depths. On rough water days we stay close to the beach in about 30'. It's been great in traditional chirp and sidevu. I don't use downvu much unless im out deeper. So far I had it out a bit past 300' and it performed great. I plan to test it much deeper soon.
Thanks.

How about in very shallow water, soft bottom, like mud flats? Does the chirp HW work better or worse than the mid-band there, or does it not matter? I know my older sonar often loses bottom in shallow areas, which is always aggravating when trying to navigate a shallow passage.

Also, I took a measure and there's a little less than 6" clearance between the transom and the outboard lower unit with the motor trimmed down all the way. Is the 6" GT52 going to work better on side scan than the 9" GT51? How much would I want to trim the motor up to eliminate the effect (if any) of the lower unit on the side images?

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This is the older 73SV, not the newer chirp unit. It works really good for finding structure like the boat in the pic. It also works in shallower water with mud bottoms like the pic with the deep hole. The newer Chirp models with only give better results
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Originally Posted by CaptDaveBouquin View Post
I just ordered this unit as well. How do you guys like split screen when navigating and looking at bottom? Also what settings are u using on sonar?
Thanks for any info
Love the unit, the quality of any unit and reading the bottom is determined in a large part on the transducer and cone angle.

Make sure your comparing units 'powering the same....
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Default Garmin EchoMap 74sv Port vs Starboard

I'm thinking of going to a thru hull side view transducer..
My unit beams out nice to the starboard being I've mounted the transducer on the starboard side of my transom but out to the Port / no good. The beam is cut off by my outdrive.

I'm a retired Vietnam Vet on disability income so unfortunetly I don't have a lot of dough to blow on fishing so I'm waiting/hoping/praying for the price to drop on the thru hulls for my unit.
If it goes down a hundred or 2 I'll get one immediately.

I live/sleep/(bleep) striper fishing in Rhode Island and LOVE my sideview! Way to go Garmin
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Originally Posted by RIStripers View Post
I'm thinking of going to a thru hull side view transducer..
My unit beams out nice to the starboard being I've mounted the transducer on the starboard side of my transom but out to the Port / no good. The beam is cut off by my outdrive.

I'm a retired Vietnam Vet on disability income so unfortunetly I don't have a lot of dough to blow on fishing so I'm waiting/hoping/praying for the price to drop on the thru hulls for my unit.
If it goes down a hundred or 2 I'll get one immediately.

I live/sleep/(bleep) striper fishing in Rhode Island and LOVE my sideview! Way to go Garmin
You do not need to go to a thru hull.
Here is a way to save money and get past your outdrive issue.

You can use a 12 pin Y cable 010-12225-00 to add a second transducer to the port side.

If one is running the GCV10 the you add a second GT30 transducer.
If one is running an echo MAP or xsv with a GT51 then you add a GT41 ( 010-01964-00) on the port.


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Thank you, I am running a Garmin EchoMap 74sv
Do you know what Y cable # and less expensive transducer I should order to stick on my port side for my unit?

or will those items you mentioned work with my 74sv?

by the way... SemperFi
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Originally Posted by RIStripers View Post

will those items you mentioned work with my 74sv?
If you are running the GT51 transducer.. you will use the Y cable listed and the GT41.

When you use two Side/Down ducers on the transom with the Y cable you have the Starboard GT51 firing both Down Vu and Side vu.
The Port GT41 only needs to fire Side Vu.. and is less $....and has the same Side Vu paramaters as the GT51.

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Finally tested mine in deeper water. I actually had the settings and display tuned better but unfortunately sonar record just uses the basic full scale view. The gain was adjusted to about 75% and the sonar was in med-chirp. I tried 80khz but it didn't improve the image much. I imagine it will in deeper water. Overall it was useable in deeper depths and I was surprised it marked fish off the bottom and higher in the column (not shown in this pic). The area I fished had very little bottom relief so I will test it again on better structure. Combined with my FCV585/B164 it's a great tool. The furuno detected bottom detail much better but the 94sv/GT51 picked up fish in the entire column better.
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Thank you SF
My Garmin Echomap 74sv came with the GT41 transducer as a package

Can I use another GT41 ?? for dual transducers or do I have to purchase the GT51 to make it work?

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The only time I wished for a touchscreen unit was when entering names for waypoints. Complete pain in the ass. Other than that, great unit.

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