Transducers worth upgrading?

firtree

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  • May 19, 2020
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    Shilshole
    Name
    Nick
    Boat
    Scout Abaco 280
    As I get ready to pull the boat for a month or two and do my winter maintenance, I am wondering if there is any value in updating my transducers. My current setup is:

    Airmar B60 20degree tied to an HDS 9 Gen 3.
    Airmar B164 20degree tied to an HDS12 Gen 3
    Lowrance LSS2 structure scan tied to the HDS12 (I only really use this to look for rockpiles when lingcod fishing)

    (other NMEA devices : Fusion stereo, Gen 3 radar, Point 1, two VHFs, Flow meters on both outboards)
    everything is either on NMEA2k, Ethernet, or both

    I only fish in the sound right now, in A10 and A9, mostly for salmon on the troll. I need to do some tuning because I just can't get a nice classic fish arch on either device, though they are solid at picking out bait balls and smudges for lone fish. I think that I need to clean up my power as both devices share a common fuse panel with other accessories and I wonder if there is noise on the line. (ooh, maybe I "need" to buy a scope!)

    Is there any real value in replacing the B60 for something like a B175HW to get chirp while keeping the high water column detail? The money is not burning a hole in my pocket, so if there is a better upgrade I'm all for it.
     
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    A-K

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  • Jun 14, 2015
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    Gig Harbor Washington
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    Aaron
    Boat
    Parker 2320
    I added the TM185HW (same as the B175HW but the transom mount version). I was very impressed right out the gate with the performance for salmon fishing. My other ducer is a B175M was pretty good. But the HW is better. Just make sure your MFD can fire a 1KW ducer.

    Is there any real value? I don’t know…the most expensive fish you eat is the one you caught 🤪
     
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    Genie Aye

    FISH BOSS
  • Sep 25, 2008
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    Westport/Renton
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    Cap't Paul
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    V-20 Wellcraft w/200 G2
    Th280hw is not the same, there is a th275lhw, same as he is asking about but transom mount.
    I don't think i would pay full price for a 1kw transducer when my unit only pushes 600w.

    My take...
     
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    A-K

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  • Jun 14, 2015
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    Gig Harbor Washington
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    Aaron
    Boat
    Parker 2320
    Here are some pics from the HW ducer. Screen is a Garmin 1040xsv.

    Pic 1 are rock fish stacked on top of each other.

    Pic 2 is a bait ball and salmon feeding.

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