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Old 19 August 2016, 11:02   #11
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VHF first maybe. It's a DSC set but will function without a GPS input perfectly well as a standard VHF.

Ya see I have a decent handheld VHF that I will use in the mean time. I might think about your set up. Is it possible to get the gps input later or does it take it from the chart plotter?
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Old 19 August 2016, 13:03   #12
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You can add it later, a feed from any GPS unit (plotter, combined fish finder / gps or stand alone GPS will send signal - but I ran the same unit on my last boat without any feed happily.

If funds are tight second hand VHF, combine dfish finer / gps and a cheap hand hold compass would be my way.

I carry one of these for back up - Silva Classic Compass | Cotswold Outdoor

as lets be honest, unless you are off shore you'll rarely need one.
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A compass is vastly overrated on a RIB IMHO


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I just don't feel very nautical if I don't have a compass to take my bearings with. How am I supposed to impress my buddies when they come out with me if I cant say keep the boat on such and such bearing...
its more the fact that their is a gaping hole right in the middle of my console. I have a Garmin Fenix gps watch and I plan on using Navionics on my iPhone I just want something in case of heavy fog or battery failure.
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Old 19 August 2016, 14:34   #15
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I just don't feel very nautical if I don't have a compass to take my bearings with. How am I supposed to impress my buddies when they come out with me if I cant say keep the boat on such and such bearing...
its more the fact that their is a gaping hole right in the middle of my console. I have a Garmin Fenix gps watch and I plan on using Navionics on my iPhone I just want something in case of heavy fog or battery failure.
So stick this in teh hole and have some where to keep your mug - https://www.vitamingrocer.co.uk/Cup-...oipBoC5P_w_wcB

and get a small hand held, no one takes bearings if just hooning about - there is no need.
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Old 19 August 2016, 14:41   #16
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I figure that Plastimo will work well and I can keep it for a long time. I guess I am OCD if there is a hole where a compass goes then a compass should go there. Probably should just re-coat the whole thing I just love compasses. and I will need one in the future once I start venturing further out. I also find them quite useful when heading home lots of fuel is wasted when on a wondering course.
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I guess I am OCD if there is a hole where a compass goes then a compass should go there...
If the compass fits, wear it!

I'd buy it and give it a blow over of matt black. IMO, a compass is a must have on a boat. Not just IMO really - they're standard equipment, up there with anchors and lifejackets. I think they're underrated - I use mine regularly (and I'm well tooled up with navigation kit). I'll often refer to it to establish what course I'm on and then maintain it - without looking down to examine plotters etc. If I hit a wee squall or mist obscures my destination, the compass will keep me right for a short time.

That said, you REALLY need to get a working fixed VHF into that RIB - a HH is nice to have but in my experience, of very limited use. If I was as skint as you claim to be, I'd buy the cheap compass to fill the hole and look for a Standard Horizon DSC VHF with built in GPS. It has a limited navigation facility - but if you take the time to plan and input waypoints in advance - it will get you home in the dark/fog/rain. It will also save your life in an emergency. Sterling is sh1t cheap ATM - do it!
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Measured mine. It's 3 1/2 ish od. Hole size for flush mount would be 3 inch.

Ps just posting a thread about vhf
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I like the Idea of the Matte black was thinking something along those lines should clean up decently just now paid the man.
As far as chart plotters go I am at a loss never used them before. Some one on here was selling an rc530 but it seemed a bit obsolete? Are these old chart plotters worth going for even though they are around 10 years old?

That VHF you Mentioned seems like a nice set up. I suppose it would be that or a used chart plotter and a used fixed VHF. I keep looking around on here for good deals. The M411 seems like a good deal but again I am a noob at anything like these because most if not all of my boating experiences is around large harbors.
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Measured mine. It's 3 1/2 ish od. Hole size for flush mount would be 3 inch.

Ps just posting a thread about vhf

Sorry didnt think that one would flush mount so I went with the other guy.
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