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  • Jim_Gandee
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    Thanks guys! I’ll call Garmin on Tuesday.

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  • builderdude
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    Saw that also. Give Garmin a call regarding the ducer, there’s likely a salt water version.
    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/15...n/010-TRANS-00

    Product Support
    U.S. 913-397-0872 / 1-800-800-1020
    Canada 1-866-429-9296

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  • Terry_J
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    Originally posted by Jim_Gandee View Post
    Yes Dave that’s one I was looking at. I’m trying to wrap my head around the different transducers. The Garmin site doesn’t really explain the differences all that well, at least that I could find. I have a feeling the transducer really makes or breaks the unit.
    The more expensive transducers do “clear view” and “side scan” I don’t use the side scan and only use clear view to see what structure is on the bottom. After I do, I switch over to the traditional sonar.
    I was told by a garmin rep that the GT 52HW-TM transducer was built for fresh water.

    edit- I just checked online, garmin web site says that transducer is great for freshwater fishing. Says nothing about salt water.

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  • Terry_J
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    Originally posted by Jim_Gandee View Post
    Anyone using one of these: Garmin STRIKER Plus 7SV w/GT52HW-TM Transducer [010-01874-00]
    On my Striper, I have a garmin echomap plus 95sv that came with that transducer. I love it. I also bought 2 extra cradles for it (100 each) one for my 32 and one for my rib. I put the cheaper transducer on the rib and didn’t put one on my 32. Depending on your 38 electronics, you might want to buy one that you can easily transfer between the two boats. If so, I’d go with the 9” screen.

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  • Jim_Gandee
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    Yes Dave that’s one I was looking at. I’m trying to wrap my head around the different transducers. The Garmin site doesn’t really explain the differences all that well, at least that I could find. I have a feeling the transducer really makes or breaks the unit.

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  • builderdude
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    Yep the bigger the screen the better IMO👍🏼

  • Norton_Rider
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    I think they all are good. Go for the largest screen you can afford that fits in your dinghy.

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  • builderdude
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    This the one Jim?
    https://www.hodgesmarine.com/gar010-...SABEgJ0ufD_BwE
    Looks like a great finder/plotter, lots of dudes love their Garmin stuff.

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  • Jim_Gandee
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    Anyone using one of these: Garmin STRIKER Plus 7SV w/GT52HW-TM Transducer [010-01874-00]

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  • builderdude
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    Imo the bigger the screen the better because my eyes are getting old🙄🤓
    Some info regarding finders on my old thread:
    https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...-would-you-buy

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  • Metrodriver
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    Look for Vexilar Sonarphone. Many portable models, wireless to smartphone, tablet

    https://www.vexilar.com/

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  • Calvincat
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    I have an Eagle Fish Easy that's completely portable. Can use D size batteries or 12 volt. This is the one I have but I didn't pay that for it. I got it from Shopgoodwill for about $25. Jim

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Eagle-Fish-...8AAOSwKWJfTYsv

    https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/102166414

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Eagle-Ultra...0AAOSwwMZfTPtI

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  • kwb
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    It has been a number of years so model is obsolete but I put basically the smallest B&W Garmin in a RIB I have. It seemed to mark fish but I have never fished from it. I used it for the few times I set crab pots from it and when exploring into places where water gets skinny.

    Over the winter I am setting up to build a new tender and will go with a similar unit although I may get one that has GPS so I can drop pins where I drop pots. It is probably overkill for how I use it but overall incremental cost in the units is a drop in the bucket to cost to outfit.

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  • Jim_Gandee
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    Recommendations for good fish finder for dinghy

    Calling all fishermen. I use my 10’ dink to drag lures around the So. Cal ocean areas near the breakwater and Catalina Island. Would a fish finder be beneficial and if so which one? I have an Achilles inflatable with euro-helm and a 20HP Yamaha, electric start with alternator so should have enough electrical power to run a finder. I’m not looking to spend a million dollars but if I’m going to get one I’d like it to be effective. I doubt I’d need to “see” more than a couple of hundred feet of depth. For those of you experienced in using fish finders I’d sure appreciate your thoughts and recommendations.
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