Has anyone any views on 'built-in' GPS chartplotter vs. removable ?
I'm hoping to get the garmin 188C as recommended by a lot of you, plus I was impressed with it at the boat show. I would ideally like to remove it when away from the boat as I don't fancy leaving this sort of kit under cover in a boat yard, however, it would be much handier if I could leave it there knowing it was secure. I guess the options are to mount it on a removeable bracket or cut a hole for it, bolt it in and take my chances?
Also, how easy are these to install? How easy is it to route the depthfinder cable under the floor of the rib? Previous discussions have suggested putting the antenna by the console, so I guess this and power would be local to the unit in the console.
If I get a VHF with DSC capability, is it necessary or optional to wire in my GPS to it, ie. does the VHF unit have a basic gps installed already in it to provide the DSC info? What are the benefits to having a 'built-in' VHF vs. a bracket mounted handheld (if such a thing exists!)
Thanks for any advice