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    Default Garmin chart plotter/fish finder

    Ok, I've been looking for a while to up grade my current Garmin.
    im not looking to break the bank on this upgrade.
    Would like to hear suggestion good or bad on models you have.
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    What are you running now?

    It seems the best upgrade is a really good transducer.

    There are so many options and a guy could spend 5K really really easy.

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    I bought the Garmin 7212 two years ago & really like the bigger screen + functionality. You may want to keep your older unit to network with the newer unit you get so you can have the sonar image on one unit & maps, engine data or radar on the other. Of course once you get a new unit you'll probably start looking at upgrading the sonar unit, transducer, adding a heading sensor............................................



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    Ok, I've been looking for a while to up grade my current Garmin.
    im not looking to break the bank on this upgrade.
    Would like to hear suggestion good or bad on models you have.
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    Default Garmin chart plotter/fish finder

    Thnaks for the info
    I'm gonna keep both on the boat when I buy the newer one


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    No complaints on the 5212 I'm running.

    If you can, get something with Chirp, amazing clarity.
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    I've been running 7212 works great user friendly.

    Just like Brain said above make sure you get Chrip.


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    Ok, gonna have to ask. What does the chirp do?


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    Consider keeping your old Garmin for chartplotting and getting a new dedicated fish finder. I went that way when I got my Furuno and love the dedicated screens.

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    I'm gonna run both


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    Are you chirp guys running downview too? Did you buy the extra power box to increase wattage for the chirp? How much wattage you pushin?


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    How are the Garmin echomap?


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    I was worried about the touchscreen but i like it and its speed and intuitiveness. Going to try to hook the ipad up for remote view this weekend. Mist newer ones have wireless and bluetooth capability.


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    Default Garmin chart plotter/fish finder

    Chirp transmit multiple frequencies in bursts to provide more clarity than single freq transmitters. The new processing chip technology takes the added data and makes it look good and is fast.


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    I think mine is a 740xs.


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    I just went through this same process on our new boat and ultimately decided on the Garmin 7610xvs. So has chirp with down and side vue. It has what was the additional black box essentially built in now. 10" touchscreen--which I admit I'm nervous about a bit, but worked great and thinking of the abuse my kids 3rd hand iPad has gone through and touch still works, this will be babied in comparison.

    I had Raymarine w/through-hull transducer on my Seasport and loved it. Bring that up just because I saw today someone had listed a whole Raymarine package with radar and couple sonar/plotters and all. What seems liked reasonable askin price--
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    Chirp on the 7212 shows fish clearly hiding behind pinnacles, along weedbeds, etc... that lesser units do not show. I was impressed when I used it on Bloodsport. You can see a 16 oz. jig boncing on the bottom in 200' of water. Its almost like cheating, its that good.
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    I opted for the 7612 xsv for the cabin with chirp and have a HDS12 Gen 2 for the rear helm with chirp. Ill find out soon what one I like better as I have used the HDS12 before and its amazing.

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    Negative on the downvu but I did go for the GSD26 sonar box though & use a 600w Airmar T150M transducer. I'm still waffling on moving up to the 1kw transducer.

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    Are you chirp guys running downview too? Did you buy the extra power box to increase wattage for the chirp? How much wattage you pushin?


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    I was wondering how good the chirp units would work at shrimping depths. Do you switch to a single frequency when you are looking deep or is it good enough with chirp/downview? What about with chirp when you are running and get into deep water - do you still see bottom and how is the tracking?

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    I bought the Garmin 74sv last season and it's an awesome unit. It has the high definition sonar and what you can see now is amazing from the old sonar images. Before you just seen the bottom and depth now you can see individual fish and rocks. Using the Sideview takes a bit of getting used to but while motoring you can see single boulders on the bottom off to your left and right. Mine is not the touch screen because I didn't want to worry about the screen going out and also figured I'd make the screen really grimy when using it while fishing and having wet hands so I opted for buttons. When buying a new one make sure it comes with a transducer though as some units you buy are the unit only and the transducer is separate. Mine was a package deal and ran about a grand but I've seen them now for around 800$ with the transducer.

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