Monthly Archives: January 2024

  1. Chirp vs. Traditional Sonar: The Right Choice for Your Needs
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    Chirp vs. Traditional Sonar: The Right Choice for Your Needs

    A common query among boating enthusiasts revolves around the choice between Chirp sonar and the more economical traditional sonar. The majority of transducers available in the market now come equipped with Chirp technology, although some, like the popular P79 model, remain without it.

    Both Chirp and non-Chirp transducers effectively detect the bottom, making them suitable for general cruising where capturing basic bottom depth is the primary goal. The traditional non-Chirp sonar performs adequately in such scenarios, revealing brush piles and fish, albeit with less clarity compared to its Chirp counterpart.

    Chirp transducers, however, elevate the game with advanced capabilities, yielding superior results. The continuous frequency sweep of Chirp sonar enhances resolution, providing a clearer and more detailed underwater view. Noteworthy improvements include better bottom separation, enhanced visibility of gaps between individual fish, and sharper delineation of limbs on brush

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  2. NEW! Rhodan NMEA2000 Integration
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    NEW! Rhodan NMEA2000 Integration

    Rhodan has recently released a gateway module that will allow you to have control over your motor directly from your Raymarine, Simrad, or Lowrance MFD. With this added feature you will be able to select a waypoint and your motor will automatically move to that spot, anchor, as well as save your route for next time. This gateway will also boost the signal between your motor and the remote since it acts as an extra antenna. If you are thinking of adding this gateway to your existing system it is important to make sure your motor is compatible with the new technology. 

    Rhodan Trolling motors with a serial number of R660856 or greater are compatible. 

    Rhodan trolling motors with serial numbers R589540 through R660855 will require a hardware upgrade. Please contact Rhodan Marine Customer Service before ordering.

    In the box you will receive the gateway, a 30ft Rhodan cable, 6' NMEA2000 cable, and a NMEA2000 t-connector. 

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  3. Garmin & XSV?
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    Garmin & XSV?

    When deliberating over the choice of a Garmin chartplotter, a common query arises: "Is the XSV necessary?" To address this, it's essential to understand what XSV signifies. XSV denotes a unit equipped with a built-in sounder, allowing direct attachment of a transducer. In contrast, units without XSV requires connection to another display with sonar via a network cable or it will need an external sounder like a GSD25 or GSD28.

    Take, for instance, the 1243xsv versus the 1243. These units are nearly identical, differing primarily in the presence of a sounder. Ensuring at least one display on your boat

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  4. Marine Audio Fundamentals
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    Marine Audio Fundamentals

    When it comes to enhancing your boating experience, a high-quality sound system can make a significant difference. Setting up a sound system in a boat involves careful consideration of components like receivers, amplifiers, subwoofers, and speakers. This guide will help explain key elements of a boat sound system and how to connect them, featuring popular marine audio brands like JL Audio, Fusion, and Wetsounds.

    Marine Receivers:
    A marine receiver serves as the central control unit for your boat's audio system. It is designed to withstand the harsh marine environment, including exposure to water, UV
    rays, and salt. JL Audio and Fusion are renowned brands in the marine audio industry, offering receivers with advanced features such as Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, and intuitive user interfaces.

    Tip: Connect the marine

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