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Default Garmin 8212 and 8208 - with GSD 24 and B260 1KW - is this good setup?

I have never had Garmin before. I have always had Simrad and Furuno.
Are the Garmin easy to use. Youtube is short on info.
I think they are 2015
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Very good units.
If you want sonar..just add a black box sonar module.

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Originally Posted by leftcoast View Post
I have never had Garmin before. I have always had Simrad and Furuno.
Are the Garmin easy to use. Youtube is short on info.
I think they are 2015


Those will require an external card reader as well as black box fish finder and external GPS antenna. Good units.
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I have 2 8212's. 3 years of service with no issues.
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I get the boat on monday. It's a yellowfin so I will be able to see the black boxes inside the console but do I need to find my way into the hull to see what transducer it has?
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Originally Posted by leftcoast View Post
I get the boat on monday. It's a yellowfin so I will be able to see the black boxes inside the console but do I need to find my way into the hull to see what transducer it has?
I would be postive to know the type of transducer.

There should be a white tag on the end of the cable near the black box.



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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post
I would be postive to know the type of transducer.

There should be a white tag on the end of the cable near the black box.



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I will be happy if I see a GSD 26 CHIRP black box.
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sounds like you will be happy either way since it is a yellowfin. congrats on the new boat
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Originally Posted by mike@BOEmarine View Post
sounds like you will be happy either way since it is a yellowfin. congrats on the new boat
Thanks! Believe it or not I actually have 2 - 29s right now. Long story but I will sell one of them in 2 weeks. I will keep the 2015 with Garmins and sell the 2016 with Simrad.
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Congrats on your new boat. 8212's are great units. They were the higher end option to the 7200 series a few years back. The 8600 series has replaced them now. They are responsive and are extremely easy to use (user interface is the same as newer units). 8212's and a GSD 26 still is a fantastic combo
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Originally Posted by Tarpooner View Post
Congrats on your new boat. 8212's are great units. They were the higher end option to the 7200 series a few years back. The 8600 series has replaced them now. They are responsive and are extremely easy to use (user interface is the same as newer units). 8212's and a GSD 26 still is a fantastic combo
I get the boat tomorrow.
Will the black box in the console say GSD 25 right on it?
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Im thinking it will say either gsd26 or gsd24
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Originally Posted by InternationalMarineBrian View Post
Im thinking it will say either gsd26 or gsd24
Thanks
I guess I am hoping for gsd 26 but it is a 2015 boat.
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Originally Posted by Tarpooner View Post
Congrats on your new boat. 8212's are great units. They were the higher end option to the 7200 series a few years back. The 8600 series has replaced them now. They are responsive and are extremely easy to use (user interface is the same as newer units). 8212's and a GSD 26 still is a fantastic combo
I know what I have now.

B260 1KW

GSD 24

Will this work great in less than 200' for bottom fishing in the GOM?
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Originally Posted by leftcoast View Post
I know what I have now.

B260 1KW

GSD 24

Will this work great in less than 200' for bottom fishing in the GOM?
The B260 is a very good transducer.
the 200 kHz is a very sensitive broad band element.

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yes, that's a good non-chirp setup for bottom fishing. of course there are better black boxes & transducers, but what you have is good/very good and you should try it out before changing anything.
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Originally Posted by chainsaw42 View Post
yes, that's a good non-chirp setup for bottom fishing. of course there are better black boxes & transducers, but what you have is good/very good and you should try it out before changing anything.
good news!
Thanks so much!
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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post
The B260 is a very good transducer.
the 200 kHz is a very sensitive broad band element.

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should I upgrade the GSD 24 box??
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Originally Posted by leftcoast View Post
should I upgrade the GSD 24 box??
If you keep the B260..then stay with the GSD-24.


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Understand that the chirp black box must have a chirp transducer- may or may not be problem to change-

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