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Old 12 September 2006, 14:59   #11
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Thanks everyone for your thoughts on the reflector question. I'll have a good look around at the boat show, but the usual pay more get more yardstick still holds true.

Whilst on the radar subject if you had up to 1000, would you buy a good chartplotter or basic radar system?? I know they do different jobs but I need to ugrade the boats nav systems and I am not sure what to buy.

FYI I have a Garmin fixed gps (basic one), a handheld garmin gps, icom dsc and handheld silva vhf, compass, garmin fishfinder.


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Get a new chart plotter and you can always add radar to it later on!!!
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What is going to be more use to you, I would guess a GPS.

As Codders says something like the Raymarine can be upgraded to radar at a later date and is a good unit.

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Codder's, back to reflectors I picked up a Standard TriLens from the show. It seems easier to mount than the Echomax and is not as bulky. As its about 2.5 kgs, have you experienced any problems with the plastic screw in mount, ie is it strong enough?


Also I looked at the Lowrance 3500C/3600 plotters with a Europe West Nauntic Path map for 378.00 all in. Any thoughts on these???


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Codder's, back to reflectors I picked up a Standard TriLens from the show. It seems easier to mount than the Echomax and is not as bulky. As its about 2.5 kgs, have you experienced any problems with the plastic screw in mount, ie is it strong enough?


Also I looked at the Lowrance 3500C/3600 plotters with a Europe West Nauntic Path map for 378.00 all in. Any thoughts on these???


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I haven't mounted mine yet - I don't really like the look of the plastic nut supplied - may be fine on a normal boat but on a RIB it may be a different story.I would try getting a metal nut - it looks like a pipe thread to me. Failing that you could use a thick rubber washer between the plate on the A frame and the reflector - this would give plenty of shock absorbtion.

No experience of the Lowrance but it looks pretty good value. I think it's a stand alone unit though - no adding radar or fishfinder or anything but then again it is a LOT cheaper than a Raymarine.
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Tell me about it - I feel like one of those plate spinners at the moment - rushing around spinning the sticks to stop the whole lot crashing down on my head!!!
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I have now fitted it to the a frame and I'll stress test it shortly!! I may see if can keep it attached by a temporary secondary source such as a lot of cable ties just in case of any disasters!!

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