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Old 31 July 2003, 06:36   #11
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I have the 188c and yes although it was expensive 1k from the Port Solent Chandlers and chart is another 170 it is the dogs and glad I paid the extra. The chart function is great in a rib bouncing about at sea as you can sea exactly were you are going and what is underneath you. Wish they had been available years ago.

Shout if you want to have a look at mine, you are only round the corner from me.

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Old 31 July 2003, 07:32   #12
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They had your pants down and gave you a right good smacking on that one. Could have saved you over 100.00 , if only you had asked.
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Old 31 July 2003, 07:49   #13
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OK DIRK so are you a retailer ? Whats the best you can do on the 188
It seems to be the one you guys are recommending

I'm broke after buying the rib so be fair - Cost or below cost would be good.



Thants Pete7 I may take you up on that

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Old 31 July 2003, 07:57   #14
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Dirk, great, another really useful post from you. You are right about 100. Thats the amount I saved by shopping there at the time (April) having done the research. From a couple of big orders with them I now receive a trade discount. They are also right on my doorstep.

They are doing a good range of fridge/freezer units suitable for a rib at the moment 25% cheaper than normal through bulk buying something which they seem to specialise in often with good deals.

However if you know of a cheaper chandlers then we are all listening....

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Old 31 July 2003, 10:21   #15
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Job Done

Well just went down to Port Solent to try and strike a deal on the 188 and have ended up impulse buying this instead:

http://www.humminbird.com/hb_Products.asp?ID=82

Humminbird NS25

Not as high a resolution as the 188 but OK for my requirements ( hopefully) and at 499.95 including pickup and transducer, is a reasonable price. I hope !!!!!

Probably a glass door job and no doubt will have a few guys laughting here

Thanks again

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Jackeen, humingbird have been around a while and its 600 cheaper so you could be on a winner.

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Garmin 188C is the way to go

I looked at a bunch of other units including the black and version. I've been extremely happy with the 188 even though it was pricey. I've got charts from Mexico to Alaska that come in three chips that I keep stored in a small Pelican box in my console. The detail on these charts is terrific. I also have it hooked up to my VHF for DSC capability. The fish liar may have helped find a 15 lb. ling cod that I caught last weekend. All in all once I got over the intial price, I haven't regretted the purchase since.
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Deal??

Get your visa card at the ready (I daren't, I really daren't )

http://www.mesltd.co.uk/Products/system/indexspec.htm
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Hi,

We have now adopted the Garmin 188c as standard fit for our training boats.

We have an article on the new Blue Chart and other Garmin improvements on the front page of Lough Ree Power Boat School . We are not agents for or connected with Garmin in any way !!!

Superb ( one chip ) chart of the South, West and North Coast of Ireland complete with interactive tidal data. We did however have to send off to ( a very helpful ) Garmin cartography Europe ( Sam take a bow !) for a software upgrade for our unit ( supplied quickly and freely on a chip) as our May 2003 unit could not read the tidal data on the July 03 Ireland West chip.

Genuinely sunlight viewable screens, big chunky display figures, flexible data presentation options and intuitive function selection. I reckon that they have improved by 500 % !!

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Hello,

I went for the option of the Garmin 182 mono with external antenna, as well as a garmin 160 blue fishfinder.
Once rigged up, the fishfinder outputs to the gps, and the gps outputs to the dsc unit on the vhf. I am very impressed with the way all this works, and particularly the blue chart item.
Whilst going up river to Haverfordwest, I have found the chart plotter to be more accurate than following the other boats - my stainless prop only got one scratch on it from the last trip, and that was when I was turning around so well happy.

At the time, I was pondering on the 188 unit, but the cost was high, plus having 2 I thought was better than 1, so if one broke, the other unit would still work. Saying that, the fishfinder isn't much use when the gps breaks down in thick fog.... at least if there was a rod on board, it may help me find some grub (not that I eat fish).

The only gripe I have about the transducer of the fishfinder (which I assume is the same for the 188) is the size of the damn thing. When going along at 40knots, I find that it pops up every so often, and I have to pop it back down again. If the unit is raised any more, I loose all signal when going over 5knots, and if it's dropped any more it doesn't work above 10knots.

One question for Stuart though, assuming the 188 is similar to the 182, how did you get the tide tables on it? - I thought the garmin stuff only did US tide tables?

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