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.
Originally Posted by swginn
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.