Haven't rigged anything other than basic, cheap units in kayaks in years. There have been a lot of advances in sonar technology since I rigged my bass boat in '89. Now, I'm looking for a combination sonar / chartplotter to install on my Soloskiff. I am seeing a lot of unfamiliar terms like CHIRP, sidescan, downscan, etc. I have tried looking some of them up and get a lot of manufacturer's hype, but no concrete answers. So, here's what I need to figure out:
I want to put a small (5" or so screen) unit in the skiff with the transducer epoxied or gooped inside the hull. I'm not interested in color or in looking to the sides; I just want a basic monochrome display that displays what is beneath the hull and it doesn't have to tell me what time the fish are going to bite or why the sky is blue. What systems will work for my application? Which systems won't work with an in-hull transducer? I have basic sonar units in two of my kayaks, but nothing with chartplotter capability. Everything I see with a chartplotter added boasts all of those CHIRP or sidescan or downscan features that I don't understand.