Humminbird generally targets smaller boats in the offshore-fishing market, so that company’s package focuses on a typical 26-foot vessel. Here’s what the company would install aboard: Solix 15 CHIRP Mega SI GPS Solix 15 CHIRP GPS XP 14 20 200/83 kHz transducer AS GPS HS GPS/WAAS receiver with heading sensor HB 2124 CHIRP radar (21-inch dome)
Assuming the boat’s dash allows, the two Solix units would mount flush in the helm and connect using an Ethernet hub. The radar and a Minn Kota trolling motor, such as the Ulterra with i-Pilot Link, would also network through the hub.
The GPS receiver would connect to one unit, providing heading data to the network. Humminbird recommended a through-hull XP 14 20 dual-frequency transducer, or an Airmar B175HW chirp transducer, depending on fishing needs.
“We chose this package because it provides boaters and anglers with total boat control, making their job easier and at the same time giving them more time to fish due to less time required to drive the boat or deploy the anchor,” says Bill Carson, Humminbird field marketing manager. “This setup is what our staffers at Humminbird choose for their own boats, no questions asked.”
This “do-it-all” package provides radar that aids navigation, especially during spring when coastal waters can experience heavy fog, Carson says. “The Solix SI unit has Mega imaging, which is great for 40 feet and less for the nearshore channel opportunities, and offers 800 kHz and 455 kHz for [imaging in] deeper water.”
The system also provides AutoChart Live for real-time onboard mapping. With NMEA 2000 capability, the engines can connect to the Solix.
Because Humminbird and Minn Kota are both owned by Johnson Outdoors, a Solix multifunction display and an Ulterra trolling motor pair seamlessly for ultimate control offshore and inshore.