Jim Maier

  1. Simrad NSX Series Touchscreen 7", 9" and 12"
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    Simrad NSX Series Touchscreen 7", 9" and 12"
    Simrad is always pushing the limits of their multifunction platforms, both for performance and for value. Their newest series, called NSX, is offered in 7", 9", and 12" touchscreens. NSX has most of the features of the top-of-the-line NSS Series, but with a much smaller price tag. It has an internal GPS, networking, and built-in sonar.
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  2. Hobby Quality RC Boats vs Amazon RC Boats
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    Hobby Quality RC Boats vs Amazon RC Boats

    Our side gig here at BOE Marine is RC Boats.  And we know a lot about them.

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  3. All new Raymarine Cyclone Solid State Radar for Boats
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    All new Raymarine Cyclone Solid State Radar for Boats

    Raymarine has just announced their all new Cyclone open array radar.  What makes it so new and great?  First, this is Raymarine's first open array solid state radar.  They've been doing this new technology for years with their Quantum domes, but now offer it in open array. Solid state radars generally use less power, emit less radiation, turn on faster, and most importantly the signal can be manipulated more. This last feature results in improved image quality, and some neat features. 

    The image quality is improved because this radar uses CHIRP (Compressed high intensity radar pulse).  This sends out a blast of frequencies and listens back for all of them.  To explain this at the most basic level, if a target is shown on multiple frequencies and missing on a few others, the system determines it is a real target. Conversely if a target only shows up on a few frequencies the system determines it is clutter and will not show it. This technology is now widely used in recreational radar

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  4. Motorguide Tour Pro Sonar Adapter Cables
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    Motorguide Tour Pro Sonar Adapter Cables

    |Here is a list of adapters that the Tour Pro can use to connect the internal transducer to your gps/sonar display.  The Tour Pro must be Sonar equipped. 

    Transducer adapter cables available from BOE Marine  |  Part Number
    Lowrance® 9‑Pin HD+ Sonar Adapter Cable   |  8M4004174
    Lowrance® 7‑Pin HD+ Sonar Adapter Cable   |  8M4004175
    Humminbird® 11‑Pin HD+ Sonar Adapter Cable   |  8M4004176
    Humminbird® 7‑Pin HD+ Sonar Adapter Cable   |  8M4004177
    Garmin® 8‑Pin HD+ Sonar Adapter Cable   |  8M4004178
    Raymarine® HD+ Element Sonar Adapter Cable   |  8M4004179
    Raymarine® HD+ Axiom Sonar Adapter Cable   |  8M4004180
    MotorGuide 15' HD+ "Universal Sonar Extension Cable   |  8M4004245

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  5. What is a fish finder
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    What is a fish finder

    Question: What is a Fish Finder? Walker E.

    Answer: A fishfinder is a device used on a boat to scan the water below the boat for objects and fish. It uses a sonar ping to send a signal downward, then listens back for the signal. This creates am image on the fishfinder screen to show depth, obstructions, and fish. Fishfnders are very commonly used by fishermen to locate fish. They are rated by their transmitting power and screen size. The common sizes are 600W for smaller boats in shallower water. 1kW for larger boats in deep water. All the way up to 3kW for commercial boats. Screen sizes vary from tiny 4" screens up to huge 16" screens. Fishfinders start around $200 and can go into the thousands.

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  6. What is Livescope
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    What is Livescope

    Question: What is Livescope?  Jake S.

    Answer:  Livescope is a technology from Garmin that shows live sonar under and around the boat. Instead of showing a historical view of what was under the boat, it shows a real time view of what is under the boat. It is offered with either a thru-hull transducer option, or transom mount.   This technology only worls on Garmin units equipped to handle Livescope. 

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  7. What is a Fishfinder GPS
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    What is a Fishfinder GPS

    Question: What is a Fishfinder GPS? Dave M.

    Answer:  A Fishfinder GPS is what is commonly referred to as a Combo unit for a boat.   It contains a Marine GPS to show navigation and boat position, as well as a built-in sonar system for depoth and fishfinding. Both wil show up on the screen at the same time in split screen mode, or they can be viewed one at a time in full screen mode. 

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  8. What is a Garmin Marine GPS
    What is a Garmin Marine GPS

    Question: What is a Garmin Marine GPS? -  Nick G.

    Answer: A Garmin Marine GPS is a device used for navigation on a boat. "Garmin" is often used as a generic term to refer to a marine GPS because Garmin is one of the most popular brands. These GPS systems generally have a moving map showing obstructions, land, depths, and navigational aids. 

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  9. What is the best fishfinder
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    What is the best fishfinder

    Question:  What is the best fishfinder? - Austin O.

    Answer:  Fishfinder technology has really improved over the recent years.  Especially with the introduction of CHIRP. Consequently, you need to consider several things before determining what is the best fishfinder for you.  These are the 4 main things to consider before getting specific as to which is the best fishfinder for you.

    • Budget - how much do you want to spend? Sonar systems range in price from $200 to $3,000 for recreational systems. 
    • Screen Size - how big can you fit, how big do you want? 
    • Combo or strictly a fishfinder - some people prefer dedicated fishfinders.  Many more people prefer combo units that have fishfinder and gps built in. They cost a
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  10. Do I need trim tabs for my boat
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    Do I need trim tabs for my boat

    Question: Do I need trim tabs for my boat? Neil P

    Answer:  Trim tabs are a welcome addition to nearly any boat.  They serve some basics needs that apply to any planing hull boat. First, they can help you level  boat with uneven weight distribution.  So if you are in a small boat, and only one person onboard, it may list or lean to the side the person is on. With trim tabs you can adjust the tabs to make the boat run level.  Another good use is for boats to get on plane easier. When the trim tabs are down it will help hold the bow of the boat down to get on plane easier and ride on plane at slower speeds. Trim tabs can also help a boat run at a more efficient attitude saving fuel.  A final benefot is that you can adjust the bow so it cuts through the waves in a head sea, or stays above the troug

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