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Old 03-16-2016, 07:48 PM
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Originally Posted by dadoe View Post
It's the personality trait combination of anal retentiveness coupled with indecision . Not a good combo. My install is the 1st week of April so hurry up and get out on the water .

Gil, I was told that Jack Dainiels Honey Jack is quite awesome. I will be giving that a try.
Funny to hear someone else has the same condition. Anal retentiveness with indecision. I'm surprised Gil will still talk to me I've bugged the shit out of him for the past year or so! Ha!

He's very patient and willing to help so I finally pulled the trigger earlier this week on the 94 with the GT52. Now hopefully he won't mind helping me get it tuned in!
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Old 03-16-2016, 09:59 PM
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[QUOTE=wmflyfisher;8826580]F

I finally pulled the trigger earlier this week on the 94 with the GT52. QUOTE]



Well......it will be delivered tomorrow.....just in time for St Patrick's Day.






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Old 03-22-2016, 11:16 AM
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Geez I guess a lot of like minded people on the water. Anal Analysts and indecisive. though this thread was quite helpful, I think.

Now back to my touch screen vs button internal debate
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Old 03-22-2016, 12:23 PM
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Go touch screen and don't look back...

Plus if you get the 7600 series you can get a wireless remote with the buttons...
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Old 03-23-2016, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by TogReaper View Post
Go touch screen and don't look back...

Plus if you get the 7600 series you can get a wireless remote with the buttons...
Thanks for the input, that's what I looking at now. Was looking at 741xs but now focusing on 7600 series. Didn't know about the wireless remote
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Old 03-29-2016, 10:24 AM
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Hey guys quick update, should have boat in the water by the end of next week, will try and get some of those screenshots of the GT52 up!
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Old 04-08-2016, 03:32 PM
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I now have GT52HW's in stock and can match with the 74sv or 94 sv units.


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Old 04-08-2016, 06:06 PM
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will the single GT51M-TH work with the 94sv
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will the single GT51M-TH work with the 94sv
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You can use a single a s long as the dead rise of placement is less than 5 degrees.




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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post
You can use a single a s long as the dead rise of placement is less than 5 degrees.
thanks Gil, could you please pm me price for the 94sv with the single GT51m thru hull ducer
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Old 04-09-2016, 10:29 AM
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OK- So from what Im understand the GT52HW should perform better in my conditions in generally shallow buzzards bay (Saltwater avg30-60ft) and Cape Cod bay (avg 60-200ft)

In regards to better I mean compared to the gt51m? I understand the 51 is more powerful at deeper depths but seeing I don't see myself in greater than 200ft and typically fish in 60 ft or less.

Also Garmin bundles the 51 with the 74/94sv and 52 with 73/93sv and 73/93 are lakeview freshwater units. Will the GT52hw loose performance or durability in Saltwater use?
Will the 51 have lesser performance in shallow waters as far as marking fish? Does it make sense to just keep the bundle as is 94sv with Gt51tm or switch it for gt52hw?

Sorry for so many ?s but the more time I spend researching this more my head spins...
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Old 04-09-2016, 11:18 AM
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Will hopefully have my rig in this Friday, going to spend a good amount of time testing the GT52HW on local structure...

From the numerous conversations I've had with Garmin on the phone, If you're mostly fishing in ~60ft saltwater, but also need the power to go a bit deeper, the GT52HW is an excellent choice.

I'm guessing the difference in wattage between the GT51 and GT52 is insignificant at those depths since you're not even close to the end range of the GT52HW's capabilities.

Remember in traditional sonar for every 100W the xducer can read up to 100ft (@ 200khz) - conservatively, however CHIRP uses FAR less wattage, which is why the max depth for this unit is rated for 800ft freshwater.

Note, Garmin's rule of thumb for saltwater is to divide the freshwater max capabilities in half.

The GT52HW is rated max 800ft freshwater for traditional, (according to Garmin) it can read up to 400ft saltwater.

Sidevu rated max 500ft freshwater, (according to Garmin) can read up to 250ft saltwater @ 350W

Downvu rated max 500ft freshwater, (according to Garmin) can read up to 250ft saltwater @ 350W

Again, I need to do some real world testing in my area, but based on these specs, I feel as if I had bought the GT51, I wouldn't be using nearly a quarter of its capabilities.

Also, from speaking with Garmin the GT52HW has been optimized for the depths that I fish (<100ft saltwater).

Additionally, I really like the fact that the GT52HW is much smaller than the GT51, and is less likely to have any interference in my transom.

Again, all of this is based on the specs and conversations with Garmin.

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Old 04-09-2016, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by 508Buzzbay View Post
OK- So from what Im understand the GT52HW should perform better in my conditions in generally shallow buzzards bay (Saltwater avg30-60ft) and Cape Cod bay (avg 60-200ft)

In regards to better I mean compared to the gt51m? I understand the 51 is more powerful at deeper depths but seeing I don't see myself in greater than 200ft and typically fish in 60 ft or less.

Also Garmin bundles the 51 with the 74/94sv and 52 with 73/93sv and 73/93 are lakeview freshwater units. Will the GT52hw loose performance or durability in Saltwater use?
Will the 51 have lesser performance in shallow waters as far as marking fish? Does it make sense to just keep the bundle as is 94sv with Gt51tm or switch it for gt52hw?

Sorry for so many ?s but the more time I spend researching this more my head spins...

The GT52HW and the GT51 both do almost equal in shallow water....but I do see the GT52HW give a bit better results on soft targets..(Fish) .
For you I would use the GT52HW....I have used both extensively over the last two months.



I just listed the 74sv and 94sv units combined with the GT51HW units..now in stock.











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Old 04-12-2016, 07:56 AM
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OK thanks again, email on its way.
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Have been contemplating the GT-51tm vs the Gt-52-tm (and a 7610/12) for some time. Am planning to also have a b175m-TH tilted element as part of the package. My challenge is the single screw outdrive that will likely require 2 GT51s so as not to get shadowed by the outdrive, or a single side shadowed GT-51 (try and see what happens), or possibly just enough clearance w/ no shadowing w/ the GT-52 6" long ducer. I have 6" clearance between the transom and outdrive at its typical tilt. The vast majority of my bottom fishing is 120-180' (sand and hard bottom) but trolling 120'-1000' +.
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Old 04-16-2016, 09:31 AM
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I would use the GT51 for your conditions..I has shipped a good many Y cable and GT51 units..all did the job.


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Old 04-16-2016, 05:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Capt Midnight View Post
thanks Gil, could you please pm me price for the 94sv with the single GT51m thru hull ducer
Gil would you make a case for selecting the GT30 TH for use under 100' depth with the Echomap Chirp 94SV? Can you pm me a price for the unit w/ transduced I need?
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I would not advise the use the GT30 by itself with a CHIRP 94sv...
You would only have Side and Down Vu.....you would lose the CHIRP Traditional....to get Traditional then you would have to add a in hull GT15-IH wiht the GT30.
And that would be a good option.

With a GT51 or GT52 one gets Traditional, Side and Down all in one ducer.




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