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Old 12 September 2018, 10:10   #1
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Garmin echomap 75sv

Been having a few niggles on my 10yr old garmin 4008.
Thinking it may be time to replace. For a grand including transducer I can get a garmin echomap plus 75sv.
Anyone using one of these?
Any good?
What transducer would you recommend?
My current plotter has a transom mounted transducer but then a transducer unit that is separate but plugs in to the chartplotter.
Am I correct in thinking the unit part isnít needed these days and a garmin transducer connects direct to the 75sv via nme2000?
Any advice would be appreciated as Iím 10years behind on all this stuff. Cheers Colin
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Old 12 September 2018, 12:04   #2
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I'm in a similar position so will monitor closely, I'm not sure (aside of price) what the difference is between the 7 inch GPSMAP and the ECHOMAP units.
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Iíve seen the unit for sale without transducer for £600 afaik.
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Yes. Looking around Iíve seen the 75sv plotter for £600 then say £150 for a transducer.
If, as I understand it, I donít need to add a sonar module, then thatís £750 to do what my 1800 quids (in 2008) worth of plotter does.

Charlie - it looks to me like the echomap is a really good fish finder with an ok chartplotter integrated.
The gps map looks like a really good chartplotter with an ok sonar/fishfinder integrated - you need 500 quids worth of sonar box attached to it if you want this clearvu & sidevu stuff whereas the echomap has it integrated.... I think!!
Hopefully someone who knows about these things will come along and explain.
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Not quite an answer to your question, but I know a couple of people who have the sidevu and never use it - I think your brain needs to be wired in a special way to understand it.

I have the 75dv and am very happy with it. The livevu looks fantastic but is 3x the cost.

Garmin have about 1/2 acre of stands at the SBS, might be worth getting down there for a real comparison?
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Not quite an answer to your question, but I know a couple of people who have the sidevu and never use it - I think your brain needs to be wired in a special way to understand it.

I have the 75dv and am very happy with it. The livevu looks fantastic but is 3x the cost.

Garmin have about 1/2 acre of stands at the SBS, might be worth getting down there for a real comparison?


Tbh I have wondered about whether Iíd actually need/ use the SideVŁ in order to justify extra expense
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From what Iíve seen on tíinternet, I donít really see the need for the side view apart from maybe beaching or coming along side in an area you,ve not been before.
I may go down to the boat show as advised.
Only thing is, my wife will want to come and Iíve told her Iím going to spend a couple of hundred quid and upgrade my chartplotter!
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From what Iíve seen on tíinternet, I donít really see the need for the side view apart from maybe beaching or coming along side in an area you,ve not been before.
I may go down to the boat show as advised.
Only thing is, my wife will want to come and Iíve told her Iím going to spend a couple of hundred quid and upgrade my chartplotter!


Iíve just had a quick look on tinternet and saw a 75sv with uk and Ireland cartography but no transducer for £549. I presume I could just use the chirp/ DownVŁ transducer with this?
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Looks that way. Iím just getting my head around all the different transducers. Different frequencies appear to be better at different depths so need to work out whatís going to suit me best.
Iím gonna try and get to the boat show next week and drive the fella at the garmin stand nuts with a million questions.
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Depends what you are using it for .............


We use our RIB for 99% fishing so a good sonar is important to me.

I use a 95SV and GT52 transom mount transducer. This is the recommended transducer for both the 75SV and the 95SV, but spendy at about £250. This is a good setup and I can easily see wrecks etc in 200ft of water.

My new boat has been ordered with the echomap plus 95SV (Wifi & touch screen) and again the main transducer will be a GT52. However, there will also be a second panoptix live scope transducer for forward looking and extreme detail of the water under the boat ...... the panoptix live scope transducers are £1500, which is a load of money to be hanging off the back of a boat
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