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Old 21 April 2004, 12:03   #1
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Which GPS / Plotter / VHF

Just a question with regards to peoples choice on the above items.
I personally have electronics from Raymarine ( Plotter ) ,Icom ( VHF )and Furuno ( Radar )

I was wondering what experience people have had with electronics on RIBs and the harsh enviorment they have to deal with unlike that of say a Fairline or Sunseeker.On my last Boat a Proline American Sportsfisher 2950 I was spoilt in the way of electronics and screen size with a Plotter by furuno a GD180 commercial with 14 " screen as well as Simrad Fishfinder 12" screen plus radar same size.

Displays seem to vary in daylight use on smaller craft , some dissappear , some are simply too small ................look forward to the response

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Old 21 April 2004, 12:17   #2
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Lowrance all the way for the GPS and Chartplotter. Displays are great, have more features than most will ever need (and I only have the basic LMS 320). Use Navionics Charts, which are excellent. Most importantly the unit has taken a fair battering and soaking and has shown no sign of giving up. PC software, is great too. (No, I don't work for Lowrance!!)

As for VHF, I had an Icom 401 on my old boat and I'm getting one for my new boat as well. Faultless, very compact and very waterproof, so is ideal for those who like to get wet in the rough stuff!!

Bought my Lowrance in America for half the UK price. Delivered to Ireland in 5 days. Just something to think about. I don't think you can buy VHFs from the States though, something to do with frequencies or something. Correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old 21 April 2004, 12:24   #3
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Likewise I have a Raymarine plotter and an Icom VHF. Unfortunately no radar

The gear seems well constructed.

The plotter is fitted and removed every time we use the RIB and no problem with anything breaking. Software and controls aren't particularly intuitive. I prefer Garmin kit in this respect. I had a dem of the 2010 colour plotter at the boat show and wouldn't hesitate to purchase one if I had the budget available!

The VHF is seven years old, but has been mounted in a DS Developments case so that may have helped. The quality of reception is excellent. I should mention that Andre and Mike C also have excellent VHFs (don't know what make) - once we were able to hear their transmissions when they were going around St Catherine's Point and we were in Lymington.

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I don't think you can buy VHFs from the States though, something to do with frequencies or something. Correct me if I'm wrong.
You can buy VHFs from the States, and the International frequencies should be exactly the same. But the DSC sets aren't class D which is UK & European spec. And they probably aren't CE marked. Jon Brooks is probably your man on this subject.

HTH!
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Old 21 April 2004, 12:27   #4
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Raymarine plotter and fish finder all the way.

I would rather have an Icom vfh but at 600+ for a dcs unit i decided on a Silva S10.
Thers lot of people had problems with Silva's failing and if mine goes the same way ill buy one of the water proof panels that people mount CD players behind.
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I should mention that Andre and Mike C also have excellent VHFs (don't know what make) - once we were able to hear their transmissions when they were going around St Catherine's Point and we were in Lymington.

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ICOM 401 on both ribs . On my new rib I have the Icom 601 and Raymarine RC435i chartplotter

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Old 21 April 2004, 14:42   #6
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Garmin 182C plotter with blue chart data; garmin 160 blue fishfinder and NASA 25 vhf with DSC. All recently fitted and working well.
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Old 21 April 2004, 17:04   #7
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Icom VHF every time, had several, (almost) faultless. Got the M601 all-in-one DSC and it's worth every penny of 550.

Garmin GPS (chartplotter) for ease of use and great PC software. Crap echosounders though. Got the '168' which does a lot for the money (~500) but is a small screen and slow processor.

Lowrance/Eagle make good budget GPS, not a patch on Garmin though.

Lowrance/Eagle make exceptional echosounders, and are the cheapest aswell, wish i had got one over the Garmin.
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Old 21 April 2004, 17:12   #8
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I can recommend Garmin plotters, the blue chart is very convenient and accurate. The best recommendation is I would buy the same 182 again.
Garmin sounders are pants, definitely wouldn't buy another. I bought the top of the range 240 blue and its most definitely pants.
Radios are another grey area, fitted Silva S15 but it gave up after 3 months, worked great till then so will reserve judgement till the new warranty replacement has been fitted for a while (when it eventually turns up)
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Lowrance and ICOM ... used that combination for 15 years on many RIBs and never had any issues ... he says touching all the wood in the house!!
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I've had Garmins for years - I like the easy menu systems and I think they are the "Nokia" of marine instruments - easy to use, and they've got something to suit most people!

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