Sport Fishing - - DREAM HELMS -

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.

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