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herring halfpeck posted 03-01-2002 09:38 PM ET (US)   Profile for herring halfpeck   Send Email to herring halfpeck  
Looking for some advice on good fishfinder (Lowrance, Eagle, Garmin?)to set up on my narrow Currituck console. Same goes for radio. I'm on a tight budget, so I'm looking for low-end price but good performance. hh
triblet posted 03-02-2002 09:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
For radios, what you really want is one
that's "submersible", not "waterproof".
Submersible means 3', 30 minutes. Waterproof
means "kinda splashproof, and when you get
water in it, we'll replace it if it's still
on warrantee." The JIS-7 standard means
"submersible".

Alas, the $99 radios aren't submersible. I
think that will change over time, but not
for a couple of years.

Standard Horizon and ICOM are the "Boston
Whalers" of VHF. Uniden is the Bayliner.
Raytheon is the middle, but closer to the
top than bottom. But they all have a range
from inexpensive to expensive. The $200
radios are pretty good: decent features
and submersible.

The West Marine catalog has dimensions.


Chuck

phatwhaler posted 03-02-2002 11:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for phatwhaler  Send Email to phatwhaler     
As far as VHF goes I'd definetely stick with an Icom. Used them for years in the Coast Guard and they are very dependable.

FF- I like Lowrance personally, they also support their equipment well. My LMS-350 died, well after warranty, and they fixed it for about 100 bucks. MY Si-Tex Profish II seems much more heavy duty. Metal case filled with gas etc.. It's actually fairly heavy piece of equipment.

herring halfpeck posted 03-02-2002 04:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for herring halfpeck  Send Email to herring halfpeck     
Thanks for the advice. Additional questions: (1) In screwing the holders for these contraptions atop the narrow, wooden Currituck console, am I basically conceding this valuable space, which I otherwise use for tackle changes? (2)Any particular concerns regarding wiring I should keep in mind? I'm sure if I opted for an after-market center console, things would be less complicated. But I really like the Currituck's fore/aft benches: lots of seating space; great barefoot, light tackle/fly fishing platforms; convenient for snoozing when the fish aren't biting. Really interested to hear if there are any Currituck diehards out there who've accommodated modern tech to their fine wood surfaces. hh
whalernut posted 03-03-2002 10:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
I own a 1973 `16 Currituck and simply love it!! I was going to sell her, but may just keep her now. Anyway, I have a portable handheld, so no drilling or screwing there, and have a Eagle cheapo fishfinder screwed in to the righthand side of the console done by the previous owner and very well done. My throttle is on the inside of the console on the right side of the console, some people have binnacle controls on the top of the console. Some people may not like it, but I may turn my Currituck into a Montauk in the futre, Lake Erie is aging me quickly with all of the pounding and I am going to sell off the Currituck interior and the engine and controls. I would consider a trade for a Montauk for my Currituck if someone was interested?? Jack.

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