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Simrad GO9 XSE TotalScan

Simrad GO9 XSE 000-13212-001

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1000' CHIRP,
300' DownScan,
300' SideScan
10 Hz,

In this post we’re going to address the Simrad GO9 XSE 000-13212-001 fish finder and chartplotter. This system includes the TotalScan transducer which makes it capable of 2D CHIRP sonar, DownScan, and SideScan. It’s a GPS unit and comes with the Simrad Worldwide Basemaps. It shares many similarities with the Simrad GO7 XSE (TotalScan) that we’ve previously reviewed, but it’s a bigger unit, and along with the larger display, it offers several extra features.

Technical Details and Specifications

  • Display: 9″ diagonal, 800H x 480V pixel matrix, WVGA color TFT, with adjustable LED backlight
  • Sonar: 2D CHIRP, SideScan, DownScan (and ForwardScan capable)
  • Depth Capability:
    • 1,000′ (305 m) for the CHIRP sonar
    • 300′ (91 m) for DownScan and SideScan
  • Frequency and Coverage:
    • 50/83/200/455/800 kHz
    • 300′ (91 m) on each side – 455 kHz SideScan
    • 100′ (30 m) on each side – 800 kHz SideScan
  • Transducer: TotalScan with transom mount
  • Power Input: 12 V DC
  • Power Consumption: 12W @ 13.8 V
  • GPS: 10 Hz, internal
  • Charts: Worldwide Basemaps
  • Waypoints: 10,000

Sonar and transducer

As the title suggests, the Simrad GO9 XSE 000-13212-001 comes with the TotalScan transducer, and with this transducer, the unit is capable of using 2D traditional broadband CHIRP sonar, SideScan imaging sonar, and DownScan imaging sonar. The unit is also capable of using ForwardScan sonar, but in order to use this type of sonar technology, you will need a ForwardScan transducer which is not included.

The Simrad GO9 XSE is capable of using different sonar frequencies, but with the included TotalScan transducer, it will use 83/200 kHz for the 2D CHIRP sonar. In other words, it can use Medium CHIRP and High CHIRP. While for the StructureScan sonar, it operates at 455/800 kHz.

The TotalScan transducer also integrates a water temperature sensor, so the unit can show the temperature of the top water layer. It uses conical beams for the 2D CHIRP sonar and fan-shaped beams for StructureScan. The beam angles are not specified, but in terms of coverage, for SideScan the beams can extend up to 300′ (91 m) on each side of the boat at 455 kHz, and up to 100′ (30 m) on each side of the boat at 800 kHz.

With the supplied TotalScan transducer, this Simrad fish finder can reach depths up to 1,000 (305 m) when using the 2D sonar. However, the StructureScan (SideScan and DownScan) isn’t too reliable at greater depths. The maximum depth capability for StructureScan is 300′ (91 m), which means that it’s not the best choice for off-shore fishing. But nonetheless, if you’re fishing off-shore, you can still rely on the 2D CHIRP sonar.

As opposed to other similar 9-inch fish finders, such as the Garmin echoMAP CHIRP 94sv, the Simrad GO9 XSE does not use CHIRP technology for its StructureScan. However, just as the Lowrance Elite-9 Ti unit, this one has the Overlay DownScan feature, which gives you the possibility to overlay the 2D CHIRP sonar imaging with the DownScan imaging. This gives you the possibility to understand better the distance between fish targets and structure or the bottom. As a general idea, the 2D sonar is best used when looking for fish targets, while the StructureScan (DownScan or SideScan) is best used for understanding shapes, structure, and vegetation.

The fact that the system can use CHIRP technology for its 2D sonar is a plus. Since the sonar pulse is modulated over a specific range of frequencies, rather than just one frequency per pulse, results in a better reading of the underwater environment, more fish targets detected, a better separation between fish targets, and less clutter.

The unit also offers several standard sonar functions, such as Fish ID, A-Scope, Bottom Lock, Temperature Graph, Depth Line, Split-Zoom, Overlay DownScan, Sonar Recording etc.

Navigation features

The Simrad GO9 XSE is equipped with the same 10 Hz GPS receiver as the GO7 model. It’s a pretty fast and accurate GPS system, though; it updates your position 10 times per second, so the boat’s movement on your map is smooth, in real-time, without any jumps. This makes it ideal for fast-moving boats. Via the GPS system, the unit can calculate the speed of your boat.

With regards to the GPS system of all Simrad fish finders, there’s an important aspect to mention. The GPS system should work fine when the unit is mounted on a bracket mount, or on a flush mount, in most fiberglass hulls. But when flush-mounted in metal hull boat, an external GPS receiver may be required.

This Simrad unit has waypoints, routes and tracks functions. It can stock up to 10,000 waypoints offering a decent palette of icons for them. For routes, the system includes support for Navionics Autorouting and C-MAP Easy Routing. As for tracks, the unit is set to automatically track and draw the vessel’s movement on the chart panel. The recorded tracks can be saved and converted to routes, to re-use.

The GO9 XSE unit comes with the Worldwide Basemaps; as the term suggests, these charts

Simrad GO9 XSE BaseMaps

don’t offer extreme detail, but they do show the boundaries between land and water pretty clearly, also showing main roads interstates and other points of interest. However, the unit’s charts base is widely customizable. It’s compatible with various premium charts, including C-MAP® MAX-N, Navionics®, Insight®, Insight Genesis®, and NV Digital® Charts.

TripIntel technology and Cruise Charting View are two functions specific to Simrad units. TripIntel is designed for power boaters and offers the possibility to plan and create safe journeys, as it provides you with a lot of information for this purpose. For example, it allows you to make smart decisions with fuel range overlaid on charts, it offers easy access to current and future tide levels, and a detailed history of your previous trips. On the other hand, the Cruise Charting View feature brings together crucial navigation data and charts in one easily readable display. It allows you to choose the most relevant information to your cruising style and activities carried out on the water with the ability to quickly edit the on-screen data items.

The Simrad GO9 XSE supports Radar, AIS, and VHF Radio devices, featuring internal apps that can work directly with these units. For example, you can interlink it with Broadband 3G, 4G or Halo™ Pulse Compression Radar systems. It’s also compatible with RS35 VHS/AIS Radio units and with Simrad WM-3 SiriusXM satellite weather modules.

Control unit features

The Simrad GO9 XSE features a WVGA color TFT LCD display, 9″ in diagonal, with a pixel resolution of 800H x 480V. It also has adjustable LED backlight (1,200 nits), which provides an excellent readability in direct sunlight and from sharp angles. It’s a full touchscreen unit, the navigation through functions and their usage is done in a similar way to any tablet or smartphone. You can tap to create a waypoint, pinch to zoom-in/zoom-out, and drag to pan across the charts.

The unit is IPX7 waterproof, which means it can resist incidental water exposure and even immersions in freshwater.

The unit’s operating system offers an easy-to-use, highly customizable interface. You can customize your home screen with shortcuts to the most used application, personalize it with a custom wallpaper, use various split-screen combos, etc.

The unit is GoFree™ cloud-enabled and also has an integrated Wi-Fi module. This being said, it provides direct access to the GoFree cloud services, from where you can download charts, software updates, and more. The Wi-Fi module allows the unit to connect online to any available Wi-Fi connection. It also gives you the possibility to control its interface with your smartphone or tablet. The unit is also operable with OP40/OP50 remotes.

SonicHub®2 & Bluetooth® Audio Integration are also available with the Simrad GO9 XSE. Therefore, you can stream music from Bluetooth devices, play MP3 files from a USB flash drive, or listen to the SonicHub 2’s built-in AM/FM radio. It also has a built-in Wi-Fi module and provides direct access to GoFree cloud services, including map downloads, software updates etc.

In terms of connectors, the unit has an NMEA 2000 port for easy integration into an NMEA 2000 network. It also has a Radar port for direct connection to Simrad 3G, 4G or Halo scanners. As opposed to the GO5 XSE and GO7 XSE, it has a dual microSD card reader, which is quite a plus as you can use two cards at once, one for charts and one for data back-up for example, without the hassle of continuously interchange them.

Finally, the unit includes a bracket mount and a flush mounting kit, along with a sun cover.

The Pros

  • CHIRP 2D sonar, DownScan, and SideScan;
  • ForwardScan capable;
  • TotalScan transducer included;
  • 1,000 ft. depth capability (3,000 with a 50/200 kHz transducer);
  • Various sonar functions, such as DownScan Overlay, Bottom Lock, A-Scope, Fish ID, Sonar Recording, etc;
  • High precision, 10 Hz GPS;
  • Worldwide Basemaps included;
  • Compatible with various premium charts including C-MAP® MAX-N, Navionics®, Insight®, Insight Genesis®, and NV Digital® Charts.
  • GPS and sonar overlay data possibilities, via Insight Genesis;
  • TripIntel™ and Cruise Charting view;
  • Fast chart updates, fast navigation through menus;
  • AIS capable;
  • 3G, 4G and Halo Radar compatible;
  • Simrad WM-3 SiriusXM satellite weather module capable;
  • Super-bright 9-inch display, offering excellent readability;
  • Easy to use, intuitive interface, with touchscreen technology;
  • Dual microSD card reader for charts and software upgrades;
  • NMEA 2000 connectivity;
  • Wi-Fi connectivity;
  • Simrad SonicHub®2 & Bluetooth Audio Integration;
  • Operable with OP40/OP50 remotes;
  • U-bracket and flush mounting kit included;
  • Sun cover included;
  • Fairly easy to install.

The Cons

  • Touchscreen technology may also be a downside for a fish finder, as you’ll have to constantly wash your hands if you’re fishing, or constantly clean the display;
  • Transom mount only for the transducer.


The Simrad GO9 XSE (000-13212-001) is a chartplotter and fish finder combo, which includes the TotalScan transducer. It’s equipped with 2D sonar, StructureScan, Worldwide charts, and a powerful 10 Hz internal GPS. It’s NMEA 2000 capable also having a Wi-Fi module for GoFree connection and Bluetooth connectivity. It’s compatible with various AIS, Radar and Simrad WM-3 SiriusXM satellite weather modules. It’s a touchscreen multifunction display with an intuitive, easy-to-use interface. In all, it’s quite a versatile unit, perfect for a wider array of recreational or professional fishing boats, for inland and off-shore fishing.

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