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Old 13 December 2004, 06:28   #11
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Dal, whether the screen is too small or not generally depends on the type of boating you do. If you are ripping it up all day, jumping off waves and spend most of your time over 30kts then a big screen is advisable. However if you just potter around from a to b, in calm conditions at a leisurely pace then the smaller screens will do. Always try to buy the biggest screen you can afford. I would have bought a bigger screen had I enough room (GPS came from last boat)

Will have a look at LBS 2005 but will probably buy from the states again.
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Old 13 December 2004, 10:23   #12
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everything is the same exept for VHFs ...... But you even can get them to work over here too.
Not legally you can't.
The US radio's are not approved over here, diff spec and channels.
DSC is diff too.

We (Icom) will not carry out warranty work on radio's purchased in the US.
Also Icom UK offers 3 year warranty Icom USA does not.

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Old 13 December 2004, 14:56   #13
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So... It looks like a few people have bought from the US and most have had to pay import duty and vat.

it also looks like i will come unstuck with some of the cheaper plotters with simple base maps in (Ones which dont apear to accept chip cartography. EG Garmin 162). the spec on this model says you can download 2.5 meg from mapsource CD. Does anyone know what this equates to in terms of area covered??

im sure the customs officers out there are reading this and putting a black mark against me!
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Old 13 December 2004, 15:19   #14
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try www.getfeetwet.com , got stuff from them recently , quick and no vat
added - see their site . 2 year warrenty
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Old 13 December 2004, 19:13   #15
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Howard, I might be off to the States in Jan. Will keep you posted, at mo it's 40% States 60% China and if I find a cheap last minute holiday over Xmas I really couldn't tell you!!

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Old 14 December 2004, 06:25   #16
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it also looks like i will come unstuck with some of the cheaper plotters with simple base maps in (Ones which dont apear to accept chip cartography. EG Garmin 162). the spec on this model says you can download 2.5 meg from mapsource CD. Does anyone know what this equates to in terms of area covered??
This will basically give you a good chunk of the south coast......or there abouts.

I have a Garmin with a 32MB card and that does from the Scillies down to Brest, up past the Channel Islands (which is handy) all the way up the French coast and into Holland (Rotterdam to be precise), then across to Ipswich and back along the South coast of england.......and all that is stored on a 32MB chip........not including waypoints, routes etc.

Hope that helps.
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Old 14 December 2004, 07:47   #17
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Is there any real way to get around the import duty other than having it shipped locally to someone and having them bring it across by hand ?

Or is it just easier to pay the duty when it arrives at the door.

I've just priced a Garmin 178C on "get wet feet" for $689 which in real money means 357 thats almost half price what you can buy over here for !!
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Is there any real way to get around the import duty other than having it shipped locally to someone and having them bring it across by hand ?

Or is it just easier to pay the duty when it arrives at the door.

I've just priced a Garmin 178C on "get wet feet" for $689 which in real money means 357 thats almost half price what you can buy over here for !!
Short answer is no. Duty is there for a reason and Customs are there to enforce it. The only way around it is to send and hope that it doesnt get checked (although this no longer seems to work) or bring it back by hand. Even in the latter case there is always a risk that the customs officer at LHR will ask to see your baggage and quiz you about that nice shiny boxed chartplotter that you have nestling amongst your smalls!

You could get someone in the US / Canada to buy it an mail it to you as a gift but even then a value has to be declared to customs and you could be liable for duties.

If I couldn't find someone to handcarry for me I would be tempted to be completely above board, get the right tariff code (& everything in the world has its own tariff code) and pay the duty. Remember also that duty is payable on cost of item + freight cost to UK! At the very least it would be worth pricing up for item delivered duty paid to you in UK as a worst case scenario to see if its still cheaper. A few years ago when I was looking at Plotters I found it just as cheap to buy in the UK.

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Old 14 December 2004, 08:48   #19
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The last GPS I imported and DHL were the courier. They automatically pay the VAT and import duty on your behalf and then won't release the goods until you pay them. They also added 27 admin charge to the total for the priviledge. Still at least you can track it.

Wot we need is someone in Canada who has nothing to do during the long dark winters who can package up electronics in plain cardboard boxes and post them to the UK.


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What we need is the government to drop tax,duty and all that so as to make UK sellers better matched to the good old US of A. IMHO


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