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Old 04 December 2018, 10:17   #1
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Looking for some ideas for me electronics upgrade plans

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I am debating in my mind some electronics upgrades this winter.
As you will see from the picture I use a handheld GPS, NASA clipper duet and what is not in the picture is a handheld VHF.

The NASA is not great on a rib for depth and all the handheld devices is just more admin than we need.

So my thoughts are to fit a GPS/Fish finder and a fixed VHF.

The console is not massive so initial ideas was to use the hole/spot of the NASA for something like a Garmin 45CV and put the vhf to the left of the wheel.

But a friend put a spanner in at the weekend saying why not replace the compass with the GPS.

Any thoughts? What would you do?

Man maths tell me if I sell on the compass it gives me more to spend
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Old 05 December 2018, 02:30   #2
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You can get a black box VHF where the 'head unit' is hidden away and you just have a hand mic to integrate into the console.

I'd recommend having a compass and you can get smaller ones - I think Silva does one.

You could add a screen and bail mount a chart plotter on top of the console.

If it was my console, I'd move the engine instruments down, mount a small compass on top of the console and put the biggest chartplotter I could afford in the space above the wheel. I'd have a black box VHF with the mic on the side of the console.
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Consider how much you actuall use that compass, most of us probably dont use one very much, they are useful for a back up.

If it were me I would;

1. Remove the compass and fit a small GPS/Plotter unit in that space
2. If I realy wanted a compass then I would fit a much smaller one, you can get them one third the size of that one, or alternatively buy a hand held compass and store onboard somewhere. You can get a hand held compass that also has a bracket to mount it on the console but remains removable, that might be an idea.
3. Fit a 'black box' VHF which hides inside the compass and you have a hand mic that has controls on it and a small screen clipped to the side of console.
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Wow I never knew you could get a black box vhf, good idea.
As you can imagine I am trying not to make too many holes etc in the console so moving gauges is probably going to be a mess.

What small GPS’s do people use, my friend was totally non plus about Raymarine, but it would fit easily?
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And for depth measurements? Most units come as a combination one, unless I have separate?
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And for depth measurements? Most units come as a combination one, unless I have separate?


As GuyC says, go for the largest that will fit. Buy a plotter/sounder combo, loads on offer from the likes of Raymarine, Garmin, Lowrance etc. Personally I prefer Lowrance, but they are all much of a muchness. I’d go for a unit that takes Navionics charts. There are plenty of bundle deals around that will include chart & sounder transducer.
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as said i would move the compass down for how much you use it if its not affected by any steel stainless included, fit the radio there and mount a decent sized plotter on the top of the console at eye level ish best place for it IMO. you could get a pocket compass for emergencies if wanted
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To be fair, I use the compass quite often, especially when out of sight of land, or when off a flat coastline. Even on the west coast of Scotland when you can be surrounded by islands, it can be dis-orientating. You probably use it more than you think. I have a mental picture in my head of where I am & the compass helps to keep it the right way up.
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To be fair, I use the compass quite often, especially when out of sight of land, or when off a flat coastline. Even on the west coast of Scotland when you can be surrounded by islands, it can be dis-orientating. You probably use it more than you think. I have a mental picture in my head of where I am & the compass helps to keep it the right way up.
certainly wouldn't be without one got a little garmin handheld as backup too
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Thanks for the responses, I think I need to do some measuring.
I like the idea of putting a GPS/fish finder where the compass is, so need to see how much space I have as that may determine choice.
Then either put vhf where NASA is, or maybe move compass down there and VHF on left of wheel
Again all down to some measurements both from size and existing hole covering.
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