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Old 28 October 2014, 05:01   #21
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I'm in a similar situation meself. One of my tasks at the boat show was to visit the main manfs. & see what they had to offer, Raymarine, Garmin, Navico, without exception they all advised against touch screen on an open RIB. They didn't say that it wouldn't work, but they couldn't guarantee that it would, especially with gloves. I know some people have had no problems with touch screen & others that have had. On the Round Ireland race challenge there were a few problems & those conditions were about as extreme as it gets. The Raymarine hybrid touch allows you to swap between touch/ non-touch, but you need to sell a couple of kidneys & your first born to buy a decent setup.
I'm currently leaning towards Lowrance non touch, but I'll see what comes out in the next few months.
I'd echo the thoughts about size though, as big as you can afford/fit, even better, fit a pair


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Old 28 October 2014, 05:42   #22
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Going to get them to price an e7d. Failing that I'll prolly be looking at Lowrance non-touch.
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Hi Clam, if it's of any help & to give you more choice the most up to date surveys of Lough Derg & Lough Ree were done a couple of years back by some IWAI members & they used the Garmin platform. It's now included in the IRL & UK basemap on Garmin units. Of the three available electronic charts, ie. C map, Navionics & Garmin, the Garmin seems to be the most accurate (not perfect but not bad - missing one or two marks). The lifeboat stationed locally uses a 750.
More info on the survey & the guys that did it is prob available on the IWAI website.
Good luck with the new boat by the way. Where do you normally launch when your over ? I'll keep an eye out for you during the summer, should be an easy spot with a spanky new boat !

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Old 28 October 2014, 17:33   #24
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Ok so we're in the game for new plotter and radio.... Both have died!
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However I'm almost tempted not to bother, more so the gps. We've a handheld radio but a DSC could be worth it.

Old man never uses GPS and based on last 5yrs of playing local or in company i've had jack use of it really. Main worry would be fog but could likely sit it out. Erm

That said, what are the budget options? Got until April anyway.
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So either you'd need a DSC with inbuilt GPS or at least a GPS if not plotter to get the significant safety benefit of the red button.

Will you never leave the straights? Have to say I didn't expect a cardinal mark had a plotter...
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Ok so we're in the game for new plotter and radio.... Both have died!
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However I'm almost tempted not to bother, more so the gps. We've a handheld radio but a DSC could be worth it.

Old man never uses GPS and based on last 5yrs of playing local or in company i've had jack use of it really. Main worry would be fog but could likely sit it out. Erm

That said, what are the budget options? Got until April anyway.
how are you ever going to find your way over Caernarfon Bar to Bardsey HP
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Going to get them to price an e7d. Failing that I'll prolly be looking at Lowrance non-touch.
well done on the new rib Dan, nice choice

like a few others have said, go for the biggest screen you can afford, it makes a big difference when you bouncing around on the lumpy stuff, I was advised against the touchscreen option when I bought the garmin 4008, but that was a few years back, guess things may have moved on a touch since then, but I've not regretted the button option
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So either you'd need a DSC with inbuilt GPS or at least a GPS if not plotter to get the significant safety benefit of the red button.

Will you never leave the straights? Have to say I didn't expect a cardinal mark had a plotter...

Good point!! Maybe both then.

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Hi Clam, if it's of any help & to give you more choice the most up to date surveys of Lough Derg & Lough Ree were done a couple of years back by some IWAI members & they used the Garmin platform. It's now included in the IRL & UK basemap on Garmin units. Of the three available electronic charts, ie. C map, Navionics & Garmin, the Garmin seems to be the most accurate (not perfect but not bad - missing one or two marks). The lifeboat stationed locally uses a 750.
More info on the survey & the guys that did it is prob available on the IWAI website.
Good luck with the new boat by the way. Where do you normally launch when your over ? I'll keep an eye out for you during the summer, should be an easy spot with a spanky new boat !

HTH Gerry
That I did not know. When I was looking for Garmin charts a year or so I heard that you could get charts for Derg but only if you were a member of Irish Waterways or something. Will need to do some more investigating.

We launch at Dromineer and stay out on Yellow Island (north of Illaunmore) for a couple of weeks at in the summer. Think we're looking at May next year though cos we don't need to stick to school hols!
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