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2008 Outrage 190 - need help with electronics
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posted 12-19-2007 04:51 PM ET (US)
I am buying the family our first boat, a 2008 Outrage 190, and looking for help on picking out some good electronics. I want a good VHF radio, fishfinder, chartplotter and sounder. I can figure out the VHF radio that is no big deal however I'm confused by the fishfinder and Gps system out their today. Last boat that I ran on was my old man boat from the 1970's and the fishfinder had chart paper in it and the depth finder was just a stick that went back and forth over the card. Even my last merchant ship that I sailed (1980's) didn't have the electronics that today's small boater have. I would really apprecaite some help on this as Im not too sure about the combo units or better to keep the system separate? My son is an avid fisherman so I really like a decent fish finder. On the other hand I'm not too farmilar with the Long Island sound and would like the comfort of a good gps/chartplotter. Thanks.
posted 12-19-2007 08:23 PM ET (US)
These topics have come up over and over. And VHF may not be as
simple as you thing these days.
posted 12-19-2007 09:34 PM ET (US)
Get a GMDSS DSC Class-D rated VHF Marine Radio.
posted 12-19-2007 10:39 PM ET (US)
Get a Standard Horizon PS2000 remote mount VHF with a Ram+ microphone ($150 last I saw them, with the microphone). Mount the VHF black box inside the console, mount the microphone connector on the dash. Use the remaining space for a larger [Electronic Chart Display and Information System] ECDIS.
posted 12-19-2007 11:05 PM ET (US)
You must give some guideline for price range on these requests for recommendations for electronics. You can spend $5,00 without really getting fancy.
Assuming you want best-bargain type recommendations, for a fish finder try the FURUNO LS4100. It is has been top-rated. MSRP $300:
http://www.furunousa.com/Furuno/Rooms/DisplayPages/ LayoutInitial?ProductCategory=com.webridge.entity. Entity%5BOID%5B8D03242A253FDB42AD98872143116F7B%5D%5D&Product=com. webridge.entity.Entity%5BOID%5B95B577EC701BB34C999F0252A262BD0F%5D%5D& Container=com.webridge.entity. Entity%5BOID%5B45E9354C1FBAC4489CF357F8C0FFC58A%5D%5D
Or maybe you really want to find fish:
FURUNO FCV585, $1,495--less transducer!
http://www.furunousa.com/Furuno/Rooms/DisplayPages/ LayoutInitial?ProductCategory=com.webridge.entity. Entity%5BOID%5B8D03242A253FDB42AD98872143116F7B%5D%5D&Product=com. webridge.entity.Entity%5BOID%5B4B6A62EF83792D4FB87B6BAFCDCEA5E6%5D%5D& Container=com.webridge.entity. Entity%5BOID%5B3EE6D1C16BBC524D947BF1508E408939%5D%5D
We really need some price guidance from you.
posted 12-20-2007 09:42 AM ET (US)
Thanks, for the advice. I'm budgeting about $2,500 for all the electronics. I'm tempted to install myself to save [money]. I am not so sure that the best. But will review this option once I have the boat in hand to look at the project.
Chuck, yes, I'm sure that this topic comes up a lot, however please remember every month it appears that new and sometimes better equipment comes out and it a tough decision when the person has not have the experience of owning a boat in the recent history. Reading articles from manufacturers is not the best source. I much rather see the opinion of real users of the equipment. I really appreciate everyone opinions and interesting to see their insight to the products.
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