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bluewaterpirate posted 04-02-2009 01:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for bluewaterpirate   Send Email to bluewaterpirate  
Five and half years of change and placement ....... what next??????? My wife told me, "Don't touch nuttin." s_id=4011499


Marlin posted 04-02-2009 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
It looks like you've got the GPS and the backup GPS, but what about the backup backup GPS? Better find some room for that!
bluewaterpirate posted 04-02-2009 08:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
It's in the ditch bag the Garmin 376c you saw on the dash. I use the 545 for weather and as a backup.


Yiddil posted 04-02-2009 09:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Love the equipment, but a tad on the "Way to busy for me" look for me...I like a relaxed look, not a "fire the moon rocket JIm"
themclos posted 04-03-2009 07:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for themclos  Send Email to themclos     
Given the distance Tom boats offshore, I think he is being prudent. The ocean, as we all know, is unforgiving, and, as I see it, Tom is leaving little to chance.

Great job on maximizing the value of that tight space. Would it be fair to assume there is an EPIRB in the ditch bag as well?

I admire your thoroughness and preparedness, and I appreciate all you have shared on this, and other sites. You wouldn't happen to be an Eagle Scout, would you?


jimh posted 04-03-2009 08:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I'd like to see Tom get one of the newer Boston Whalers, say a 280 OUTRAGE, where the helm console has a lot of blank dash space, about two feet by three feet, and then see what he would be able to fit into that area.
bluewaterpirate posted 04-03-2009 09:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
Thanks for the feedback Dan.

Yiddil... the dash does look busy but when you sit down to drive it's very easy to scan and understand.

Dan ..... we carry a six man liferaft, Florentino sea anchor, EPRIRB in the ditch bag, our two PFD's both have PLB's attached to the belts and handheld VHF radio. I've learned years of experience you can never be too prepared for the unexpected. Image-4892322-31002124-2-Web_0_e56c45187d17c6b2db0b8502a3e1873f_1 Image-4892322-31023931-2-Web_0_bcc76b740ce7c7bbff3017a282896618_1

Jim ....

I would love to get my hands on one of the new Outrages helm area. Whaler did a terrific job designing the console and providing lots of usable open space for electronic install. The electrical system provides lots of options for the addition of marine electronics.


tombro posted 04-03-2009 05:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
Tom, you're making my Ventura look as naked as a jaybird! I do however, have a ss Destroyer Wheel, with Edson Powerknob...and the Arrigoni Design teak ladderback helmseat.

So, there! ^_^

bluewaterpirate posted 04-03-2009 06:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
PLus yours is powered by a Verado ...... they're great boats for sure. Lots you can do with the Ventura platform.
Marlin posted 04-03-2009 08:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
It's in the ditch bag

Okay, I'm not surprised. You've obviously put a lot of thought and a lot of work into getting this boat set up just so, and from your various albums and videos, it looks like you use it to the fullest!

20dauntless posted 04-08-2009 11:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for 20dauntless    
Looks good, there is certainly a lot to be said for redundancy. My 96 20 Dauntless has very little space at the helm for electronics, and I still have the original Garmin 210 GPS and Icom radio. This combo works fine for running around the San Juans.

I'm really more interested in electronics now for the C-Dory since that's what I use for exploring. I have a Raymarine C80 for chartplotting and radar which works well. I just got iNavX which I plan to run on my MacBook and MacBook Pro this summer (one for backup, the other in use). The nice thing about computer charting is US raster charts are free from NOAA. Unfortunately, laptops are really not suitable for open Whalers. I also have a Nuvi 500 that has charts for my primary cruising areas, but at $400 a card, it gets prohibitively expensive to cover Seattle to Alaska including the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Of course, paper charts are the ultimate backup, and I carry these as well, along with a small AA operated Garmin.

I really like all the new Garmin plotters. I think they have the best interphase and are the easiest to use of any. But I just can't justify spending $1500 on charts for them, especially because they seem to not support older formats in the newer plotters.

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