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Old 09-03-2017, 06:18 PM
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Getting a 2005 17 whaler montauk. What do you guys recommend for fishfinder/nav. Looking to go simrad. Also need refs on transducer. Thanks!
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The Simrad Go 7 or Go 9 with Totalscan transducer would make a nice unit for that boat
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Simrad Evo2 NSS7 or 9 w/ P66 Transducer
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Originally Posted by InternationalMarineBrian View Post
The Simrad Go 7 or Go 9 with Totalscan transducer would make a nice unit for that boat
Second this. The Go9 is about the same size as the Evo2 7.
Old 09-04-2017, 05:56 AM
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Interested in this as I'd love swap out the old navman fish finder and plotter on our Outrage 210.
Go9 might be a bit small though - wish I could afford a NSS 12.

OP post some pics up when you're done.
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Originally Posted by Jerseytiger10 View Post
Getting a 2005 17 whaler montauk. What do you guys recommend for fishfinder/nav. Looking to go simrad. Also need refs on transducer. Thanks!
I think it is best to avoid a touch screen only on your small open rig. The unit is subject to response issues if the screen gets some moisture on it and it can happen at inopportune times. For this reason, I always try to discourage people from touchscreen only units on smaller boats with little protection. If a larger NSS Simrad is not in the budget look at the Lowrance Elite 12 Ti or HDS Gen 3. The Elite is less expensive but has most touch screen functions and also buttons. Smaller screens on Simrads also are handicapped by the Instrument Bar which takes up screen so if you want to see data overlay info, that bar has to be on. Not such an issue on larger screens but I think 7" units show too little map with the bar on. If data overlay info is important to you such as Water Temp, depth, rpm etc., and you want a smaller screen, Lowrance has better functionality as it does not have the opaque bar taking up screen. Those GO series units are less expensive and so they get a lot of attention but there is a reason they cost less.
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Been running a GO7xse for a year now.

Plenty of spray around and on the screen, fish, squid slime and bait on my fingers.

No issues whatsoever with the touch screen.

Very nice unit easy to use, and looks great to boot.
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Originally Posted by Moonlighter475 View Post
Been running a GO7xse for a year now.

Plenty of spray around and on the screen, fish, squid slime and bait on my fingers.

No issues whatsoever with the touch screen.

Very nice unit easy to use, and looks great to boot.
Same as my personal experience.
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buttons or touchscreen personal choice. Good luck on your choice.
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Originally Posted by mike@BOEmarine View Post
buttons or touchscreen personal choice. Good luck on your choice.
What do you recommend Mike?
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Personally I prefer buttons on a little boat. Or a combination of the two like evo units. Big boat different story.
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I'm a year in on a go series as well and I've rebooted on the water exactly one time. I have had fish slime make it a little glitchy to respond a couple of times, but just wiping the screen with the side of the hand will usually fix it. If that doesn't fix it, you can lock the touch screen with two touches and clean it with a rag. On the positive side the touchscreen interface is WAY more efficient than buttons. If you see good bottom run across your screen you just touch the image in the middle of the pretty part and make a new waypoint. If the image has passed your screen, you just touch it and drag it back. Panning and zooming takes a fraction of a second. Want a new goto? - two fingers zoom out, touch the waypoint on the screen, touch the popup, touch goto. Balancing those issues against the cumbersome interface of the button machines works bigly for me in Simrads favor. I was out on a friend's boat that had a new popular button unit yesterday and it just reinforced how much I like my unit.

I do have a t-top so I can't help with what direct rain will do.

I hope this is somewhat helpful.
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Originally Posted by jrm850 View Post
I'm a year in on a go series as well and I've rebooted on the water exactly one time. I have had fish slime make it a little glitchy to respond a couple of times, but just wiping the screen with the side of the hand will usually fix it. If that doesn't fix it, you can lock the touch screen with two touches and clean it with a rag. On the positive side the touchscreen interface is WAY more efficient than buttons. If you see good bottom run across your screen you just touch the image in the middle of the pretty part and make a new waypoint. If the image has passed your screen, you just touch it and drag it back. Panning and zooming takes a fraction of a second. Want a new goto? - two fingers zoom out, touch the waypoint on the screen, touch the popup, touch goto. Balancing those issues against the cumbersome interface of the button machines works bigly for me in Simrads favor. I was out on a friend's boat that had a new popular button unit yesterday and it just reinforced how much I like my unit.

I do have a t-top so I can't help with what direct rain will do.

I hope this is somewhat helpful.
If its raining on the unit, the go series may be subject to response issues. I have had it occur many times under these wet screen conditions. Most of the time its not a big deal and you can work with it to get it going but sometimes it can happen at a very inopportune time right when you you are on plane coming to a place that requires precision driving and you need it to zoom and no response. Many who get the GO are shallow water boaters so it would be more of an issue for them where timing is important. It is likely less of a concern for boaters using the GO running in deeper water and/or who have their unit protected under cover. For skiffs, I think it's not the best choice.
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Originally Posted by metalchicken View Post
Interested in this as I'd love swap out the old navman fish finder and plotter on our Outrage 210.
Go9 might be a bit small though - wish I could afford a NSS 12.

OP post some pics up when you're done.

Ive got an 1st gen nss 12 (pre evo 2/3), that I would sell for 750 including shipping, would need to add transducer.
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Originally Posted by mike@BOEmarine View Post
Personally I prefer buttons on a little boat. Or a combination of the two like evo units. Big boat different story.
So what evo unit do you recommend and with what transducer? I am going to buy what you recommend. Thanks!
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You could go with either an echomap from Garmin or evo2 with totalscan from simrad.
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Originally Posted by mike@BOEmarine View Post
You could go with either an echomap from Garmin or evo2 with totalscan from simrad.
What is the price for an evo2 Nss9?
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  • SIM-000-11190-001
$1,699

In the Box

  • NSS9 evo2
  • Dash mount kit
  • Suncover
  • Installation hardware
  • Owner's manual
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I have a 17 Whaler too. I have a Go7 on a suction mount. Great little unit.

Before that, and still on the boat, is a Vexilar WiFi Sounder Module. If you want a cheap setup that works well, thats the guy. Add in Navionics to the tablet, and you have a split screen setup for under $300 (not including the tablet). Works very well

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