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Old 21 February 2004, 17:50   #1
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VHF,Chartplotter anf Fishfinder

I have been trying to sort out equipment for my new rib.

I have narrowed the search down to the following

Navman 7200 VHF

Navman Tracker Chart Plotter 5600

Navman Fishfinder 4100

The intention is to mount the chartplotter and fishfinder on top of the consul and to flush mount the VHF. The antennas will be mounted on the A frame.

The compass will also be on the top of the consul.

I would welcome any comments on this equipment and any suggestions for alternatives, also will the compass be affected being mounted near to the other euipment?

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Old 21 February 2004, 18:17   #2
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Im in need of everythign your after too, im going to the NEC tomoro looking for an end of show bargain.

Ive settled on:

Silva S10 radio
Garmin GPSmap176c

And i think a hummingbird FF though maybe a lorance.
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Old 21 February 2004, 19:22   #3
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I was at the show today. There's not alot there Marine Electronics have a stand .They are selling off a discontinued Raymarine combined F/F and Chart plotter for 450 reduced from 1500.

There is also a garmin stand but they havn't got alot of marine equipment on display


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oh well, ill go anyway.

Did you watch any of the zapcat racing?
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We have tracker 5600 IP 67 submersible to a depth of 1m for 1 hour, we are on our third in a little over a year all failed due to water getting in, we are on our second fishfinder, Navman also, it also failed due to water getting in again IP 67.In fairness Plastimeo have replaced everything every time,it took approx 3 months last time, the stuff is excellent the tracker especially, we have the fuel input trandsucers wired to the unit, this works well, we had vibration probs initially with the trandsucers, the fish finder, suffers from condensation on the screen and can be dufficult to read in sunny weather.The tracker is amazing its just the sealing probs rather than the electronics we have had probs with cheers gavin
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No matter where you put your radio, you cn assume that it will definately effect your compass. In my case it swung about 20 degrees away from it' correct reading.
After fitting radio, switch it on and then adjust your compass.
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Re: Navman

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We have tracker 5600 .... we are on our third in a little over a year all failed due to water getting in...

we are on our second fishfinder, Navman also, it also failed due to water getting in......

we had vibration probs initially with the trandsucers...

the fish finder, suffers from condensation on the screen and can be dufficult to read in sunny weather.

.....the stuff is excellent the tracker especially,
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It may be more expensive than you want, but have you thought about foreward looking sonar?

http://www.echopilot.com/

I dont know how well they perform at speed, But I am quite interested myself.
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Read

Have a re read if it dosent add up.
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I have just boat a similar list, Navman 5600, Fish 4200, fuel flow meter, Silva DSC S10.

Reading the install instructions, does it really matter if the GPS antenna is near the radio aerial? The handbook says keep them apart by 2mt or 6ft, but surely the radio can only affect the plotter when you are transmitting.

Dont have a 2metre wide A frame.

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the stuff is excellent the tracker especially, we have the fuel input trandsucers wired to the unit, this works well, we had vibration probs initially with the trandsucers, the fish finder
What were the vibration problems? I am planning to mount fuel flow meter in console near my ytank.
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