Originally Posted by idsebby
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 Raymarine is old Gen kit - I had one and srsly, don't buy into that era. You have working charts on a phone/tablet - and say what they will - you can make that work for the times you go inshore if you bag it well. The compass was a no-brainer. I have the VHF I recommended and it will serve you well. It requires no networking, just 12v and it works. It provides good offshore comms, an accurate postion and basic Nav capability. With DSC alert it will also summon help if required. A cheap plotter can be grabbed at any time in the future (and it will be) but a man who is tooling up to land on the Saltees* next year needs a decent DSC VHF.
*Don't lie to me