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Old 03 February 2006, 17:21   #11
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roy what one would u recomend and how much cheers stedj
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Old 03 February 2006, 19:40   #12
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I have only ever used the Garmin 178 models.

I had the black and white (gray scale) one on my last RIB and thought it was a wonderful unit. So much so I stuck with it but treated my self to the colour version on my new boat.

Its fairly near their entry level stuff but this unit with a blue chart chip in it has got everything you could ever want to know including tide prediction sunrise sunset times as well as having easy to read charts, excellent depth sounder and temperature.

Its also fully configurable - (almost too configurable) -0 in that you can choose exactly how many pieces of data you want on each screen and what data to display. It took me over an hour of playing to finally make up my mind what i wanted where.

heres a picture of the screen i mainly use - all the info you could want plus mini version of chart and depth sounder. At the touch of a single button I can go full screen chart or full screen sounder.



Like most things in life - you get what you pay for - if you want a bigger screen then pay a bit more and you get one but i personally think this unit is perfect for the medium sized RIB I have mine flush mounted in the console and it doesn't take up too much room.

And here's where i had it mounted.



cheapest place to buy Ive always found is JG TECH who have the black and white one for around 350 depending on GPS antenna and transducer choice. They have the colour version for around 550.

Remember though if you are going to flush mount don't get the internal GPS antenna - it sticks out the top and cant be flush mounted - if you are going to mount it on top of the console with the gimbal then i would go for the internal antenna as its one less wire to have to hide. I have had one of each below is a picture of my old black and white one.

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Old 04 February 2006, 05:02   #13
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Old 04 February 2006, 05:37   #14
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roy wat is the 45.4 & 0.7 15.2 and on the next pic down does that say deliverance on the floor ive heard stories from ur area
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45.4 was trip distance in nautical miles that day.
0.7 was the depth (my boat was on the slipway with the engine being flushed at the time).
15.2 is the battery voltage.

As I said though you can choose in the setup whether to have 0, 1, 2 or 3 lines of info and what data goes in each cell.

The car park picture im sure says "deliveries" - that picture was from the first set of pics I took of my completed boat when I went to collect her at the Ribcraft factory.
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Old 04 February 2006, 12:14   #17
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Like the bow ballast system!!!
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i have the 178c as well and went for the external ariel version, they are 500 for internal ariel and 520 for the external ariel, both with dual frequency transducers, at port solent superstore, you can mail order them for free delivery i believe or just pop in an buy one off the shelf...same price

at the boat show they were around 420
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We're Garmin fans as well - although the Navman range are compatible with the Smartcraft instruments, so we might have a change for this year - TBA!
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