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Old 14 September 2012, 08:38   #1
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Make: Redbay Boats
Length: 9m +
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RIB Electronics - Owner's Reviews

I thought it might be useful if we had somewhere to note our experiences with the various marine electronics we have. I've put some suggested headings below to jog the memory - feel free to add to them. If you would be so good as to put the Brand, Model and Type (e.g. Garmin, 750s, Chartplotter/Sounder) in the Title line of your reply and the other headings in the main body, it will help people search and scan for kit. Feel free to include VHFs, Audio kit, Radar etc., anything fitted on your console counts!

How long have you had the kit installed?
Details of any faults - how was the Warranty claim handled?
Ease of use - good/bad features
Value for money (any recommended suppliers?)
Photo of your installation would add interest (no generic pics pls)

In the interests of future readability, please limit replies to Reviews only

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Old 14 September 2012, 11:40   #2
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Town: Wirral & Caernarfon
Boat name: That's Enuff
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Garmin 4008 Chartplotter

Excellent bit if kit, easy to update off Garmin website and sounder still works at all speeds

but I think if I was buying now I would seriously consider the Garmin 750, not much difference in screen size but a lot cheaper
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Old 14 September 2012, 16:27   #3
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Country: UK - N Ireland
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Boat name: portnahaven
Make: Red Bay Boats
Length: 7m +
Engine: yamaha 245hp diesel
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Garmin- 5010 gps/plotter;gmr18hd radar;vhf100i dsc;gsd22 sounder

All Garmin.
Like the touch screen. Very easy operation, can leave everything on auto settings - but i like to tweek things up in manual modes. Very handy to touch screen and 'guide-to', to guide your chart course. I say guide as once on way north to Oban Marina it guided me on west side of Kerrera instead of the direct route through the sound. But half mile before the tip of Kerrera the route plot went across the grass to Oban Marina . Glad it was not at night!
Radar good. Was not going orginally to bother with it but really glad i did.
Not so mad about vhf - think my old icom set on last boat was clearer, although the garmin has a lot more features.
Sonar is reasonable - again old simrad finder on last boat was brilliant.
One thing i should have put in was AIS - maybe this winter.
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