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Old 20 November 2003, 17:40   #1
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Electrical Gadgets

Just going through the final stages of purchasing my first RIB (Sea Trials this weekend) and thought I'd tempt fait.

where is the best and cheapest place to buy all those lovely electrical gadgets. I'll also need safety equipement as well?

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Old 20 November 2003, 17:42   #2
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What rib you going for ??

The place in port solent isn't bad and have a V -good selection. But I'm sure you already know that shop anyway being local.

http://www.marine-super-store.com/index.php


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The boat show is always a good source for gadgets of all kinds, they are shown under one roof so you can compare all the different brands and latest gizmo's
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I got a lot of gear earlier this year from Redcar Fish Co (www.redcar-fish.co.uk) Tel 01642 633 638. I met John at the LBS two years ago and he knows his stuff. Good prices, and they also do a selection of free guides to GPS, DGPS, DSC etc etc. Recommended.
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With all the expense on my hopfully new purchase, I don't think I can get all the very latest technology but should be looking for a slightly "outdated" new models.

I figure that DSC VHF, some form of GPS/Chartplotter with DSC interface and depthsounder are pretty much standard equipement.
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I would suggest a fixed VHF such as the Icom M401 Euro (good spec and price), a Garmin Fishfinder 160 Blue (search this forum for some views on it) or its little brother the 100 Blue, and a Garmin GPS or Plotter (go for the 182 plotter rather than the 180). If you are not being too adventurous a basic GPS will suffice, and you can upgrade to a plotter later.
I also have a handheld VHF as backup and if your budget can stretch I would strongly recommend it - keep the battery charged!

The Boat Show can be a good place to pick up models that are about to be replaced, at good prices.

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I guess that the console on a Deepsea 17 might be a bit compact, so perhaps consider getting a combined GPS & depth finder (unless you need the graphical fish-finder facility). This will give you the depth whilst showing the GPS/chart info.
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Mike,

Was looking at the Icom M401 Euro but saw an ad for a 402DSC for 199 in www.boatsandoutboards.com must be a USA model.

When is the next Boat Show? Would that be Ribex?
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Hello Hightower

London Boat Show is in January 2004: http://www.londonboatshow.net/

RIBEX isn't until June.

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