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Old 12 September 2010, 14:44   #11
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Yes, Serial interface = NMEA 0183 (on every common brand of GPS).

The manual (http://www8.garmin.com/manuals/GPS60_OwnersManual.pdf) appears to suggest that this is no different, specificially describing wiring and NMEA spec on p73 and setting up the interface in the device on p43.
well it does seem to sugest nmea 0183 data in-out,
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Old 12 September 2010, 15:00   #12
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well it does seem to sugest nmea 0183 data in-out,
OK so now we've sorted that out then the OP is looking at:

A cable to connect the GPS to VHF (20 ish)
A VHF/DSC radio (general consensus seems to be that ICOM / S.Horizon offer good value for money - there are cheaper units but the OP seems to have a very small boat and therefore probably very wet - and the waterproofing and longevity may not be as good) 120 ish
Aerial 40ish

Subtotal 180 ish

But if you don't aleady have a battery you'll need to add the cost of that (wiring, battery, switch, fuse etc - easily 30). And if you don't have a console then I'd suggest you need to look at waterproofing all the electrics etc - and somesort of box is going to bring the total cost upto the same sort of price as the S/H handheld dsc...

Obviously if you already have the data cable, the battery and enclosure then it turns that all on its head.
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[QUOTE=Polwart;369582] OK so now we've sorted that out then the OP is looking at:


Sorry headmaster, i must learn not to shout in future until ive thoroughly
studied the question.
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Old 12 September 2010, 15:32   #14
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I'd still say that the handheld dsc vhf would be the way to go for the extra 100 or so on a small sib. Saves messing around with antennas, co-ax cables, power supplies, mounting boxes etc etc. Joining two handheld units together is not ideal when carried on your person, liable to snag the cable etc. The added benefit of the dsc vhf is you've then got a back up gps to use, probably cant store waypoints etc in it but in conjuction with a paper chart would be enough to get you home.
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In a rig like that, I'd get the handheld and by God I'd hold it. Srsly, unless you wander far off the beaten track, the HH range will suffice and if you end up in the drink, the DSC will be invaluable. Later, you could go for Fixed. I reckon you'll ungrade anyway, and the HH can go with. Nice bit of kit to use on other boats too.

Nice bit of kit all round....
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Also, this is brand new kit that's only just coming out, in fact it was only last week that OFCOM decided to authorise the use of handheld DSC radios in the UK, allowing them to be issued with an individual portable MMSI number.
Just for clarifiaction, The HX851 e Has its own, inbuilt gps. Also type approval was granted in Mid July, I know as I bought one last week of July and used it in cornwall in August.
Paid 223 inc vat and delivery .

Fab bit of kit, My only slight criticism is that the spring belt clip on the back opens a little too easy. I was only leaning on the sib and it came off in st. ives harbour. Still though, proved that it floats and it's waterproof, never the less I am well pleased

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