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Old 20 September 2005, 04:59   #1
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Hi there,

I am in the process of ordering a new RIB. My dealer is specifying Navman fishfinder, VHF and plotter. Are they any good?

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Old 20 September 2005, 05:10   #2
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Yeah mate, I have a navman 4200 fishfinder unit, bloody brilliant, does, water temp, speed (via paddle wheel) ,depth, fish, engine hours, nautical mile log, back lit, and if you buy the optional sendor, fuel management - + loads of other bits
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Old 20 September 2005, 05:31   #3
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Thanks for the reply.

Can they be flush mounted? Do you have any pics?

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Old 20 September 2005, 05:44   #4
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yes, mine came with swival bracket, and flush mounting bolts and nuts
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http://www.ollysrib.741.com/Fishfinder.JPG
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Old 20 September 2005, 08:54   #6
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Navman is great, my new rib came with the Fishtrack 660. I am using the C-Map MAX charts. out of this world!
I wasnt sure about navman untill i started using it, now I am very impressed.
Also have the Navman VHF, havent used it much, but looks like it has more features that you would ever need.
Both units are well protected from water and easy to use while on the water.
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Old 22 September 2005, 17:36   #7
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We have had Navman tracker 5600 ended up getting 3 of em under warranty, all leaked water in.
We had a fishfinder Navman ,ended up getting two of em under warranty,

We inhereted a Navman DSC radio on our current rib, after 90 hours less than a year , the backlit display has failed completely.

This is the scary bit, try for yourself and ring the Plastimo helpline

the Navman agents, no one answers, returns emails or messages

the Navman stuff just isnt up to it
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Old 23 September 2005, 12:40   #8
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You will find that everyone has been at the boat show. I work for a Plastimo dealer and when it comes to repair of navman kit out of warranty we can't get any spares despite having a service dept. The unit has to be returned to a third party trade only repairer who will then quote for the repair, charges are incurred from go - delivery then the quote, even if you do not go ahead with the repair.
Not very good after sales out of warranty service.

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Old 24 September 2005, 06:27   #9
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I am looking for some electronics to fit an Avon 620. Can you suggest any kit? I want a GPS plotter, fishfinder & VHF.

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Old 24 September 2005, 09:45   #10
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VHF go for Raymarine or Icom.

For a boat that size maybe the Garmin 178c combined plotter/sounder.

http://www.garmin.com/products/gpsmap178c/

Go for something with a built in aerial - much easier!!!

On a bigger boat I would go for Raymarine but they are missing out a bit by not having a combo unit!!!
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