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Offline Machias

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Boat Electronics
« on: February 20, 2024, 09:21:14 AM »
Holy smokes, I have been living under a rock!  It's been several years since I owned a boat.  Man oh man the electronics on boats sure have come a LONG ways since I had one.  SI, DI, 360, maps, GPS, 2D.  WOW!  And the trolling motors, Spot Lock!!!  Mind blown!!   :yike: :drool:

So any Humminbird experts on here?  I have a Helix 9 Chirp MSI GPS G4N, being installed on the console.  I'm getting a Helix 9 Chirp MDI for the bow and hooking up the Mega 360 on the bow.  Anyone know which cable(s) I need to network the whole boat, from the bow to the console?

I'm also having the Minn Kota Ulterra 80lbs/60"/24V/MDI/Wireless Remote installed and a 3 Bank Minn Kota Precision On-Board Battery Charger.

The graphs are out of this world detailed and clear.  Amazing!
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Re: Boat Electronics
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2024, 09:42:17 AM »
Depending on the type of fishing you do, spot lock is an absolute game changer. Hovering over a school of perch in 60 feet of water is amazing. I plan to put a Riptide on my big boat for bottom fishing in the salt.
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Re: Boat Electronics
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2024, 11:49:51 AM »
I have a minn Kota Terrova on our 2 boats. LOVE them, especially after having a regular Minn Kota power drive for too many years. For lake fishing the spot lock is pretty awesome for staying in a hot bass/perch spot or if youíre too busy trying to do something else like have lunch or tying on a new lure. It works great on slow moving rivers like the pend oreille or Columbia. The auto pilot is also a savior, you donít have to keep correcting the boats direction every 20 seconds. The Terrova was one of the best boat investments next to our Garmin livescope. I believe Hummingbird version is called Mega live which looks like youíre getting. Youíre going to have a blast with all that.
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Re: Boat Electronics
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2024, 12:06:17 PM »
I'm not going to get the Mega Live, I'm opting for the Mega 360.  Yea, things are LIGHT years ahead of what I've ever had on a boat before.  Can't wait!  Pick up the boat on the 13th.  :)
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Re: Boat Electronics
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2024, 02:02:34 PM »
Good electronics, spot lock and auto pilot sure makes life on a boat a little easier. Thereís was some fishing/ camping friends that I was constantly (probably irritatingly) trying to talk them into a Terrova or Ulterra, I even said it would save their marriage, it keeps nagging and bickering down  :chuckle: .
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Re: Boat Electronics
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2024, 02:28:20 PM »
I have a minn Kota Terrova on our 2 boats. LOVE them, especially after having a regular Minn Kota power drive for too many years. For lake fishing the spot lock is pretty awesome for staying in a hot bass/perch spot or if youíre too busy trying to do something else like have lunch or tying on a new lure. It works great on slow moving rivers like the pend oreille or Columbia. The auto pilot is also a savior, you donít have to keep correcting the boats direction every 20 seconds. The Terrova was one of the best boat investments next to our Garmin livescope. I believe Hummingbird version is called Mega live which looks like youíre getting. Youíre going to have a blast with all that.

+1. I only have one boat, but the features noted above are awesome. Just got mine set up last year.

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Re: Boat Electronics
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2024, 08:17:22 AM »
For sure no expert. Iím a bird lover. Have two units 7Ē & 8Ē  SI mega G3N. With the ulterra  si di mega imaging: motor 80 pound 60Ē one boat network. Wired myself lots of trial an error. This is the yr I go into full learn mode. I just did a bird update. So everything went back to default mode. Will have to adjust accordingly again, but the screens and the detail are out standing. Your gonna love it.
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Re: Boat Electronics
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2024, 02:57:19 PM »
This is last yr summer salmon on the Columbia river. Helix 8 si mega. The arches are the salmon :tup:
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