Electronics Experience & Preferences For A New Egret 189
As you can see I have not posted much since becoming a member but I can tell you that I reference this site regularly as well as several others when I am trying to research a potential problem or need a solution. I live on Amelia Island and am in the process of doing the specifications with Frank for a new 2013 189. I owned a Grady White 300 Marlin for a couple of years and now have a Ranger 2410 Bay and a CS 18 JVX CC backwater skiff that I am going to sell and replace with the new 189 for my skinny water boat. For a thousand reasons, all of which I am sure you already know, I am really looking forward to the new boat.
I have always been a finicky electronics person on my boats. I have had Garmin 3000 units and currently have a simple 546s on the skiff. It's transducer is on the transom. My Ranger has a Humminbird 1198c SI with a shoot thru dual beam, through hull SI transducer and a third transom mounted quad beam on the back. I have had repeated problems, just like most folks, in getting a reliable ongoing depth reading when running at speed. I have actually managed to get the Ranger fully functional by using a Sternmate and a lot of testing. I get depth reliably past 40 mph. The CS Garmin, even with a Sternmate setup, still drops out periodically but I have learned to just slow down a little, regain bottom and move on. I can get readings in the low 30 mph speed range but usually lose them after a bit.
This brings me to my question. I can't really seem to find much information on what you Egret folks use for your electronics, where you put the transducers and how well they work at speed. Any tips you could share would be greatly appreciated, especially on transducer placement and reliability of readings, cone angles, etc..
I know that Frank can install anything and put it anywhere it needs to be but I am just not sure what to tell him. I can afford to buy what works which is why I am moving to an Egret.
Thanks for any help, information and insights you can give me. :crossed