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Old 30 September 2012, 16:12   #11
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1 - me, it was ok when we went diving!
2 - luckily no
3 - oh yea, sat cleaning bits out in the middle of the Solent wasn't great fun.
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Old 30 September 2012, 16:20   #12
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Looks like I need the works then P
Sounds like you need a bigger boat then. Something with a nice wheelhouse on it should keep the plotter screen dry and easy to read. I wonder if there is anyone in your part of the world who makes such a vessel
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Old 30 September 2012, 16:38   #13
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How many people here unexpectedly find themselves in poor vis?
How many people have had a scary - near vessel encounter with another boat in poor vis?
How many people have had an engine problem?
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Old 30 September 2012, 17:03   #14
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And me x 3. That's why I bought all the gear on my boat. That, and I like gagets.
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Old 30 September 2012, 17:46   #15
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And me x 3. That's why I bought all the gear on my boat. That, and I like gagets.
Guilty on all 3 counts Got the toys, radar, reflector passive & active, AIS transponder, PLB, DSC VHF, autopilot. Had one of the engines fail on me this year whilst out, all serviced up & looked after like no other. One of the plotters also went tits up, I suspect the engine/plotter problems were linked as they were both electrical. After 10 minutes, I had all the functions transferred to the slave plotter, & the "good" engine charging both batteries & we carried on. It's all down to money, literally. How much do you want to, or are willing to spend to try & mitigate as many problems as poss? sh1t still happens but having the ability to sort out your problems on the fly is a plus & can save the day/holiday. It's the difference between calling the cavalry or carrying on under your own steam. Given the boat that you are buying, you will want to venture further afield & challenge yourself, you might not think so now, just give it a few months
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Thanks everyone. Some good advise. Dave has hit the nail on the head when he suggests that I grow into the boat. Hence a 7.8m. It is the electronics and seating I am at the stage of. I now have a pretty good idea on Radar reflectors. I can add the radar when i get some hours under my belt.

An Aux engine seems peace of mind and I only have to buy it once. Any tips on the chart plotter? I like the Idea that with a Raymarine c95 I can view the screen on a iPad and plot before the journey but Garmin maybe better.
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Any tips on the chart plotter? I like the Idea that with a Raymarine c95 I can view the screen on a iPad and plot before the journey but Garmin maybe better.
Bigger is better, IMO. The Garmin 750 is, well, compact. Nice bit of kit though - you might consider fitting it in the console above the helm and leave space for a big screen unit in the Nav side for later.
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Thanks everyone. Some good advise. Dave has hit the nail on the head when he suggests that I grow into the boat. Hence a 7.8m. It is the electronics and seating I am at the stage of. I now have a pretty good idea on Radar reflectors. I can add the radar when i get some hours under my belt.

An Aux engine seems peace of mind and I only have to buy it once. Any tips on the chart plotter? I like the Idea that with a Raymarine c95 I can view the screen on a iPad and plot before the journey but Garmin maybe better.
Well I don't know that much compared to most on here but I went biggish for my 1 st rib last year and glad I did with the trips we have done with the other chsps
And as regards toys mine has standard horizon gear and I would stick to the same brand so they are more comparable.
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Re: Raymarine. I've got the DSM300. I specifically plumped for Raymarine when I kitted out BP as I wanted the digital HD sonar offered by the DSM 300, it's still a nice bit of kit ( especially paired with a good transducer)but the Lowrance structure scan is now far superior. I wanted the resolution for diving, if you don't need the clarity offered by Structure scan then the DSM is a good choice. Another reason I went for Raymarine was that they run Navionics charts which IMHO are the best available in the price range that we are looking at. Opinion is divided on here re. Bluechart V Navionics but I think that the consensus is that Navionics have the edge in detail & clarity.
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Dave, will the structure scan work with a Raymarine? It looks good!
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