Originally Posted by allegria
Could anyone give a rough estimate ( ball park figure if necessary) as to what it would cost to kit out a 7.5m rib with all the necessary and up to date electronics, nothing fancy. Just wondering what other people have spent?.
How long is a piece of string???
I ended up spending quite a bit but shopped around for the best deals.
With a normal boat with a cabin I would have used a laptop with my handheld gps connected to it but on an open RIB that was ruled out!!!
Electronics have come down massively in price lately - just read a test in MBY on h/h vhfs - they rated the Cobra at about £50 as quite good - just need a waterproof bag for it.
As to what I bought
Raymarine C80 with fishfinder module and GPS - no radome yet
Wide area chart
Navman 3100 fuel computer
Raymarine 54E vhf
Icom M1V h/h vhf
Total spend was about £2200 plus VAT
One thing I learnt was the transducers are more important than the actual units!!! For example a cheap Raymarine display with an expensive radome will outperform a much more expensive set with a smaller scanner.
Same with fishfinder/echo sounders. Some transducers run into the £thousands - a cheap head unit with an expensive transducer will be better than the other way around!!!
Suppose you could say the same about radios - an expensive set with a cheap aerial will not perform as well as a budget set with a bloody great big aerial fitted to it.