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Old 20 June 2004, 18:01   #11
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How about a Garmin GPS sounder 188C. You can then link it into a DSC VHF and all in the space of only two instruments instead of a separate sounder aswell. (You may enough room on your console for three but a flush mounted GPS Sonder and VHF would look very cool )

Also good choice of engine. Are you getting the Customer Helm Interface or just the Smartcraft guages?
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Old 20 June 2004, 18:04   #12
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For what it's worth, I would (and have) fit a webbing ladder on the A-frame http://129.35.131.25/webapp/wcs/stor...1&itemId=29008 in preference to any tube-mounted life-line. Just remember it's there and use it

Engine's perfect!

Thought you had the electronics sorted?

(BTW do get a magnetic steering compass!) - have a look in the plastimo catalog again, the link was a bit dodgy, I'll try it again... Plastimo compasses for 5m to 9m boats
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Old 20 June 2004, 18:49   #13
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What is the Customer Helm Interface? Sounds scary

Want to flush mount - less to break

Yes, Richard. Was going to get Icom 401 and Lowrance 330c. But.... realised the 401 did not have DSC and that was a costly upgrade (100). And... lots of people have been enthusing about Garmin. So the debate got repoened.

Current thoughts are Garmin or Lowrance combined plotter / sounder and the Navman sub 200 VHF/DSC combo.

Love input from anyone on this...

Like the idea of a ladder on the A frame. Thanks for that

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Old 20 June 2004, 18:54   #14
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Although lifelines are seldom used on most leisure RIBs for their intended purpose, ie: saving lives. I would rather have them than not as they are very useful for tying fenders too as you can place the fender wherever you want along the length of the boat. I'd definitely be very restricted tying fenders at marina berths if I didn't have them.

Engine is definitely perfect!! but then I would say that wouldn't I.

Agree with Richard on the Plastimo compasses, good value and very accurate regardless of electronics. Mount it in the centre of your line of sight also.
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We've got a Garmin 188C - brilliant bit of kit. Hoping to tie it into an Icom 601 soon (bit bigger that the current 401 so just the hole in the consol needs enlarging). Not enough space for the 401 DSC unit and would look rather untidy.
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Current thoughts are Garmin or Lowrance combined plotter / sounder and the Navman sub 200 VHF/DSC combo.
I would have thought that you can't go wrong with this sort of gear - Garmin are very easy to use and have terrific after-sales support, I've only used a Lowrance plotter once and that was also extremely easy to use (prob. even easier than the Garmin!). With DSC VHFs the market seems a bit polarised - either go for a "budget" combined unit like the Navman, or bite the bullet and spend 550 on the big Icom unit.

If you're going to mount the GPS/plotteer into the console, I would suggest that you get one that supports upload/download to/from PC by card rather than cable.

My own preference is to keep sounder and GPS separate. Why reduce the plotter screen to display additional info? There's already the speed, bearing, dist to waypoint, ETE, displayed and it's difficult enough to make sure you're reading the correct info. If you have a sounder that always displays depth you won't go far wrong!
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Have a look at the Lowrance LXC-something combined chartplotter and echosounder (we've got the 19C). They're great bits of kit and the aftersales support has been very good as well. You can download a PC emulator for it from the Lowrance website, so you can see how it works before you buy!

We use Icom radios as well (handheld and mounted in the console) and have been happy with them as well.

On the loopy lifelines front - we use the boat for diving, and have lines along the outside of the boat from the console to the back of the boat, which you really need to get divers back in the boat (unless you have a ladder). You pull up on the rope and fin down at the same time and jump in. It also gives you something extra to grab on to when you're having a chat to someone out on the water.

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There's already the speed, bearing, dist to waypoint, ETE, displayed and it's difficult enough to make sure you're reading the correct info.
Don't I know it On the R-T-I trip at Ribex noticed the speed dropping off with no decrease in revs - don't panic Mr M - then realised it was the depth dropping and not the speed - pheww
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IMHO there is a lot to be said for having as bigger display as possible and individual units. So fishfinder to give depth, biggest chartplotter you can stretch too, and, if you're Richard B, seperate GPS alledgedly for backup but actually to display boat speed and course in big numbers
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Kewl choice of engine, you won't regret it. Make sure the oil tank is placed somewhere where it is easy to fill - IE you can tip a 4/5li can straight into it.

Don't buy a garmin depth sounder, but do buy a garmin chartplotter, the biggest you can afford/fit. I bought a combined garmin unit and regret it.

Icom 601 if you can afford it. Although i don't have firsthand experience the Navman would be my budget alternative. If you get the 601 get lee to fit a waterproof horn speaker on the A-frame so you can use the loudhail and auto-fog horn functions. Both have proved useful to me already.

Check you are getting both a rev. and speedo. smartcraft, they display different info, i've seen some of the newer (cheaper) 115opti's being supplied with revcounter only.

Get the GPS linked into the DSC (obvious) and the mercury smartcraft system. This allows the engine to estimate fuel required to waypoint aswell as COG and the speedo will shown GPS speed over, say, 20knts (this is programable).
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