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#12277955 - 06/04/17 10:22 AM Total Electronics Overhual
scott123456789 Offline

Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 421
Loc: Weatherford, TX
Rocking some 1995 B&W 2D fish finders and wanting to get involved as a high school captain and feel like the electronic situation puts me at a huge disadvantage. However, wasn't looking to drop $5k.

Really want to jump into something with Side Scan so I've been looking at the Helix series which seem to offer Side Scan at the lowest price point and trying to research to compare to the Elite TI and HDS series.

Really just looking for two units, bow and cockpit. Want something big enough to make SideScan actually useful to identify fish and not just seeing structure.

I did see that cabelas offers an HDS 9 boat package that seems like a heck of a deal but that is on the top end of what I am wanting to spend at $2K


#12277964 - 06/04/17 10:32 AM Re: Total Electronics Overhual [Re: scott123456789]
Wayne P. Online   content
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Registered: 11/16/10
Posts: 3679
Loc: Charlottesville, Va
If you want a unit with the side looking imaging technology, get the largest display you can afford.
SIZE matters since the size of displayed subjects is based on the RANGE setting, not the depth like 2D sonar is.
Humminbird Helix 12 CHIRP SI, 1198c SI, 1198c SI, ONIX 10 SI NT, Helix 7 CHIRP SI GPS G2, SOLIX 12 SI, 360, RC-1

#12298161 - 06/16/17 10:50 PM Re: Total Electronics Overhual [Re: scott123456789]
doctorxring Offline
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Registered: 11/04/03
Posts: 693
Loc: The Republic of Texas

I agree with Wayne here and I do use a 10 inch side scan on my big boat.

But I have a Helix 5 SI GPS on my pond boat and I gotta tell you that that little
rascal has amazingly fine detail on side scan and a bright screen. As long as I get my face close to it I can see
pretty much everything that I can on my big unit. The pixel density on the
Helix 5 is very dense. Amazing little unit, especially for what I paid for it.
But I must add that I did do the transducer swap with Humminbird for the HD
transducer. I think that helps.


Edited by doctorxring (06/16/17 10:51 PM)

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#12299095 - 06/18/17 01:37 AM Re: Total Electronics Overhual [Re: scott123456789]
Curtbass Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 04/17/15
Posts: 955
Loc: Grand Prairie, Tx
I will be selling my 999SiHD & 899SiHD. They have 148 hrs on the 999 & 130 on the 899. They WILL both come with the HD transducers,transducer Shield Savers($90 each) included,gimble mounts,cable collectors, power cords,& hard covers. Always removed from boat for road travel,carried in cushioned box. Have the 899 at console & 999 at bow. No dings,scratches,or scars. Used very little & well cared for. Will not sell separately. These are great units without spending an arm & a leg. Lakemaster Midsouth cards included. Both have dual card slots. $1600 for both & all included. All you have to provide is the type of mounts you want. I used a Ballzout at console & a Deckit mount at bow. They will NOT be a part of the package. Let me know if youre interested.

#12299204 - 06/18/17 07:44 AM Re: Total Electronics Overhual [Re: scott123456789]
Bob Landry Online   content
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Registered: 08/10/11
Posts: 2512
Loc: Austin, Tx
Even if you can only afford one unit at a time, bigger is better. I have two Helix 12 SI units on my boat and it's like watching big screen TV. If you are going to be standing on the bow looking down, I think a 10" screen is going to be minimum. If you are looking at used core units, remember a 8xx is only 7" diagonally and a 9XX is 8" diagonally. After looking at them in the bright sun all day, they are going to seem even smaller.
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Two Helix 12 CHIRP SI's, , MinnKota Riptide ST80/i-pilot Link, Bob's Hydraulic

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#12299462 - 06/18/17 11:41 AM Re: Total Electronics Overhual [Re: scott123456789]
Curtbass Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 04/17/15
Posts: 955
Loc: Grand Prairie, Tx
Depends how much a man is willing to spend. OP stated he cant afford to drop $5K. Ive upgraded to Helix Mega units myself. I was just offering a complete package on TWO solid, low hr units that were meticulously cared for,including Shield Savers. Just an option/offer for him to consider for starting out for a boat captain of high school youths. Good units & accessories that WONT break the bank.


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