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Old 28 November 2003, 12:48   #1
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What type of GPS for the new boat?

Im very close to orderign a new prosport now. Just thinking about all the electronics ill need.
Mainly about the GPS/Plotter.

It doesnt get used much so im a little wary of people stealing it from the console. I definatly dont want a handheld unit so ive gotta decide between a detachable unit or a properly fixed one.
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Old 28 November 2003, 12:57   #2
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With my new avon I'm having a Plastimo 5500i colour put in the console which seems a good deal
Can be surface or dash mounted.
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Old 28 November 2003, 12:59   #3
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Look at the Garmin 176, They have the colour as well which is the 176C which I have. This unit fits to a bracket and is very easily removed when you leave the boat, you can also get a cheap bracket to use it in your car with the road maps loaded, I use this option in my 4x4 and find it great. The unit uses the Garmin Blue charts, full details and costs of the charts are shown on their website. The good thinga bout the latest Blue Chart produced is that one chart covers from the Thames right around the South Coast, some charts do not give as much coverage which means buying yet another. The areas are also shown on the website, but remember you have to buy the chart on top of the purchase price. I have used both B&W and colour, I upgraded to the colour and find it brilliant for my needs. You can use it in a 12v socket or wire it directly into your power and DSC radio which I have, you then unplug the cable when you remove it.

I am sure there are othe good units about but the flexibility of this was the deciding factor for me.

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Old 28 November 2003, 13:35   #4
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Well, having had a quick search throuhg the internet im pretty well decided on a GPSmap 176.

However, the unit itself is very expensive(for me) and the Bluechart cards are another 200+

I really dont know much about these units so bear with me.

Will they work without a Bluechart card?
If so what will/wont they do?

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I have the garmin 176C and it will work without the Bluechart chip . I got mine from www.thegpsstore.com in the US . Much cheaper then the same from a UK retailer. The only snag is that the base map is the USA whereas a unit bought over here will have Europe as the base map. If you however want to use it with a bluechart then it doesn't matter. I have since purchased the bluechart chip of the English channel and it is a great navigation tool.

look up the web site and see what savings you can make even having to pay from the DHL and UK VAT

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Old 28 November 2003, 17:27   #6
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After paying for the unit itself i will not have money left over to by a blue chart chip, So i'll have to buy in England.

Anyone know where i can get one? At a half decent price, the ones ive found so far have all been nearly twice the American price
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Old 28 November 2003, 18:10   #7
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Go to the Boat Show in London in Jan, but do some research into prices/specs first so you can decide whether to buy there or not.

Do you really need a chart plotter? If you are not going far offshore a GPS will probably do until you want to upgrade.

Good prices at www.redcar-fish.co.uk

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Ill talk to Jason at Prosport when i go to visit in a weeks time.
Redcar-fish are 30 more expensive than another company ive found so i may order from them or see if Jason can get them cheaper.

The prices are coming down to quickly though i might be right, but a cheap GPS and use that untill we feel the need to upgrade to a ChartPlotter and then keep the original GPS as backup. Might be the best solution.

We will need a new radio too. Is it worth going DSC now or waiting untill the prices (hopefully) come down on them too?
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GPS first then plotter later sounds like the best option.

All new fixed VHF are DSC compatible - you can add a DSC module later. I have the Icom M401 Euro - good product. (There are some full DSC models but they cost more).

Re Redcar - give John a call. He knows his stuff and will usually meet your price. Its useful to deal with someone who can help with advice etc as well as offer good prices.

(No, he's not a relative, but he did give me a very good deal plus good advice when I was kitting out my boat).


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IMHO go DSC now, they are so cheap it's hardly worth bothering with the old ones. You should get one for 189 or even cheaper at LBS.

With regrads to the Chartplotter, I find mine invaluable when NOT going too far off shore, you get so much vital info on the coast it could save you a prop or two. I have also found it invaluable in the dark having navigated by it quite a few times now. I will be in the States in a few weeks time if you know what I mean, should you require any help.
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