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Old 25 May 2007, 18:08   #1
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Distance between electronics

Hi All,

Some advice needed.

Am going down to fit my new electronics package tomorrow, VHF, Chartplotter and fuel flow meter. Fishfinder might follow later.

Problem is the spacing.
Manuals say the GPSunit has to be 0.1m from the compass
VHF has to be 0.5m from compass, 0.33m from GPS
The GPS receiver (also planned to go on console as I have no A-frame yet) has to be 1.3m from GPS display
GPS receiver has to be 3m from a radio transmitter antenna (which means it can't go on an a-frame with the VHF antenna???)


It's a Navman plotter and vhf.

How on earth do I manage to fit that lot in.

The biggest issue will be the GPS receiver not being within 1.3m of the GPS unit. Is this really necessary, given that the model in question can also come with a built in antenna?

Thanks for any advice.

Neil
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Old 25 May 2007, 18:14   #2
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Neil,

I see the figures and they are probably stated for a reason but you've seen my console and its jam packed full of electronics. I have no problems with things interfering with each other.
The radio doesn't interfere with the compass, even when its transmitting. And its still accurate.
As you realise you can't do much on a RIB console with regards spacing. And I should imagine most people on here are in the same situation.
Possibly in most cases its just the manufacturers trying to protect themselves.

Thats just my real world experiences for what its worth.

If your worried why not wire up all your bits and pieces prior to drilling holes at the approxiamate distance they are going to be from each other and see what happens.

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Old 25 May 2007, 18:23   #3
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If your worried why not wire up all your bits and pieces prior to drilling holes at the approxiamate distance they are going to be from each other and see what happens.

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Hi Nick,

I know the realities on a RIB, and think it should not really be an issue, but was wondering what the words from the wise on here would be.

Wiring it all up before drilling is a good idea though, did not think of that one yet, thanks.

Glad to hear Zersorer went well this week!

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Old 25 May 2007, 18:57   #4
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Any other words of wisdom before I try it and decide it'll be fine so drill?

Last thing I want is loads of holes in console only to find it will be a problem!
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Any other words of wisdom before I try it and decide it'll be fine so drill?

Last thing I want is loads of holes in console only to find it will be a problem!
Get a cardboard box/sheet of ply and lay it all out on there and test it if you're worried

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For my pennies worth, I would look at your console and decide on where the equipment is going first. I my experience Console design and personal preferance will decide where the GPS, fishfinder, VHF and Compass will go. Fit all the kit that you can't do without and has to be there, ie, GPS, Fishfinder and VHF. You have the GPS receiver and Compass left. Well I shouldn't think the receiver is much of a problem, I have seen several boats with them mounted in the console and might well do this on my next RIB. That leaves the compass. These are fairly flexible with regards mounting and I guess you could just move the thing about to the best position. However if there is too much interfearance then you could either buy a Hand bearing compass or a fluxgate compass.

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Neil,

Don't forget to post some piccies of the outcome !
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Well, just got back and they are now in, with the VHFflush mounted and the chartplotter bracket mounted. That way I can swivel it as required instead of it being fixed in place, and remove it to deter theft. If the VHF gets nicked, it's annoying at £180, but the chartplotter would be even worse at £500+!

Will post a pic tomorrow when I have the camera to hand.

The only problem is connecting the gps to the vhf. Did not work, and instructions not clear, so a call to the guy at Plastimo (hope he's still there) will be required in the week. Got the number from one of your posts a couple of years ago Nick, so that should do the trick with luck!
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The only problem is connecting the gps to the vhf. Did not work, and instructions not clear, so a call to the guy at Plastimo (hope he's still there) will be required in the week. Got the number from one of your posts a couple of years ago Nick, so that should do the trick with luck!
If that guy is still there, I think his name was Paul, he was one of the most helpful guys I have ever spoke to with regards anything. If anyone can sort it he can.

I don't think there are many wires to connect. A double negative which was confusing and the colours which are totally different between manufacturers.

Also you will need to identify the Protocols both pieces of equipment work on.

Best of luck.

I know you commute a lot and can only speak during working hours when you aren't near your boat so why not take a couple of pics of the VHF and GPS wiring looms to jog your recognition when your talking about them. In my case it was easy for me as the guy was patient enough to talk to me on the phone whilst working on the boat whilst I worked out what needed to be done.

Just trying to help.

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I know you commute a lot and can only speak during working hours when you aren't near your boat so why not take a couple of pics of the VHF and GPS wiring looms to jog your recognition when your talking about them. In my case it was easy for me as the guy was patient enough to talk to me on the phone whilst working on the boat whilst I worked out what needed to be done.

Just trying to help.

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Another great idea, if only I'd thought of that when I was down ther.
It should only be 2 sets of wires to connect, and since they are both Navman, they should be able to help easily enough. I think that they have the wrong key in the manuals.

I'm not back next weekend, so will call them week after, and try to sort it weekend after next before the Isle of Wight fest Saturday evening.

At least now I have a working fixed GPS and VHF! Getting there.
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