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Old 23 January 2015, 17:59   #11
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Stage 1 and 2 compleated, fully serviced RIB at West Point Marine in Cardiff and passed the VHF course last weekend.
West Point were fantastic, loads of patience and time to spare for the hundreds of questiions that I had about my new RIB.
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Old 02 February 2015, 18:06   #12
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My next stage is the powerboat level 2 course on our rib,along with my 17 year old son and the Mrs.
There is no room for a fixed VHF on my dash (i don't think) does any have a side mounted radio they can recommend? and does anyone use apple apps to navigate if so whats the best?
I have attached a pic of the dash and the only way I can think of using a GPS system is to have a waterproof mount for my iPhone fixed on the right hand stainless steel bar. Any other suggestions or recommendations would be greatly appreciatedClick image for larger version

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Old 08 February 2015, 09:03   #13
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What's the display in the middle? Just a sounder? Do you do a lot of fishing or diving?

How far are you planning to go? And will it be familiar waters or exploration?
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You can get a ‘black box’ VHF where the main body is fixed within the console and all the controls are on the mike which clips to wherever is convenient.

Downside is they tend to be more expensive than a regular fixed set.

Here’s an example:

Icom IC-M400BB Black Box VHF/DSC
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You can get a ‘black box’ VHF where the main body is fixed within the console and all the controls are on the mike which clips to wherever is convenient.

Downside is they tend to be more expensive than a regular fixed set.

Here’s an example:

Icom IC-M400BB Black Box VHF/DSC
They are expensive, but another option is using something like the SH with a RAM mike (not all models take this so select carefully!). The "main unit" actually has a display etc and is therefore (somewhat bizarrely) cheaper. The RAM handset has all the controls you need to operate the set.

However at the budget end then I think most people would put it on one of the vertical faces - e.g. on the RHS of the console or the vertical bit below the wheel. Neither are particularly ergonomic / user friendly so depends how often you will use it (especially using it underway).
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Old 09 February 2015, 05:42   #16
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Thanks for the advice about the VHF ,I think I will go for the black box option.
The screen in the centre is just a fish finder. I will have to check again if a dual fish finder/GPS will fit.
The only other option would be a waterproof housing for my iPhone I have seen some that bickers use on there handlebars.
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The only other option would be a waterproof housing for my iPhone I have seen some that bickers use on there handlebars.
iPhone is fine as a backup, but their are issues you have to worry about that are just minor inconveniences to a Biker:
- battery dead (charging risks the water tight integrity of the box)
- lost signal meaning the app stops showing maps (some do some don't)
- bright sunlight stops the screen being viewable.

So if you "NEED" a chart plotter you don't want to be relying on a phone. Hence my earlier questions.
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The screen in the centre is just a fish finder. I will have to check again if a dual fish finder/GPS will fit.
That gap looks just about right for a Raymarine a6x. I've got the a68 and it's a pretty good unit. The x will change depending on your budget/requirements but I'm fairly certain the Raymarine unit will fit in that gap. I'm not sure of any others that are small enough to fit there, but I don't profess to being an expert!
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My next stage is the powerboat level 2 course on our rib,along with my 17 year old son and the Mrs.
HI Shaun if you haven't booked your Level 2 yet I can recommend Ceri at Swansea Watersports ( I did my PWC course with him last year).

RYA Powerboat Level 2 « Swansea Watersports

I did my PB2 with TBT who were in cardiff bay some years ago course was taught by James.

Where you did you do your VHF?
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Thanks again
Im doing the powerboat 2 course on Monday/Tuesday next week with James, and Keri was my examiner for my VHF course last month-its a small world.
West point marine will be fitting my VHF after the course.
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