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Is there a market for "ancient" electronics?
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posted 05-06-2010 03:41 PM ET (US)
I have recently purchased a Boston Whaler and have thereby added to my collection of really ancient, non-graphing GPS devices.
One is a Raymarine unit and the other is an early Garmin. Both have the owner's manuals, and the Garmin has it's own case.
Is there any market at all for these?
posted 05-06-2010 08:52 PM ET (US)
I'm gonna say no.
I am the worlds biggest Raymarine fan (a title I've bestowed upon myself), and even I cringe when looking at their earlier offerings.
Put it on craigslist, but don't expect much.
posted 05-07-2010 02:11 AM ET (US)
Raymarine and some others still make none chartplotter GPS units. They sill provide good out put to devices using their input or a good backup and generally cost less. If ancient it's going to be of less worth than the current crop due to accuracy. My first GPS was a Sony portable, think just four channel, purchased in 1993. Used several times cruising the lower Chesapeake Bay in conjunction with charts for position checks and when going off shore taking my boat from Norfolk to Savannah. Let us know what you have that works, I may be interested in the Ray myself.
posted 05-07-2010 10:27 AM ET (US)
Raymarine's last GPS-only unit was the RN-300, and was discontinued several years ago.
I have two of them if you are interested.
posted 05-07-2010 10:49 AM ET (US)
That is, of course, if you aren't interested in whatever unit Dave is selling...
posted 05-07-2010 01:06 PM ET (US)
My error on the Raymarine, it's the Furuno I was thinking about. That might be the only one. Would be interested in one or both of the RN-300, would like to hear what you have available. Thanks.
posted 05-07-2010 02:11 PM ET (US)
Mine is a RAYTHEON (not Raymarine) 198. It is old.
posted 05-07-2010 02:13 PM ET (US)
Raytheon Raystar 198.
The Garmin is a GPS75.
posted 05-07-2010 02:25 PM ET (US)
Send me that Garmin 75! Mine's on the blink. I sent you an email.
posted 05-07-2010 03:16 PM ET (US)
Garmin GPS 75 seems to be on the way to Alaska...
...anyone interested in the Raytheon Unit?
posted 05-07-2010 04:36 PM ET (US)
posted 05-08-2010 01:20 AM ET (US)
Put it on eBay. Those nutballs on there will buy anything...seriously.
posted 05-08-2010 05:10 AM ET (US)
Dave thanks for the info, that Raystar 198 is close to ancient. Good luck with your new project.
posted 05-08-2010 09:20 AM ET (US)
Dave's inquiry about ancient marine electronics is a result of a fantastic pace of development and innovation in consumer technology in general over the past decade. We are now able to buy electronics of amazing power and technology for prices that are lower than ever before. The progress in marine electronic manufacturing has been astounding.
Well built solid-state electronics can have a very long operating life span and could easily last 20 years or more without significant problems. However, given today's pace of innovation, a three-year-old electronic device is probably on the verge of being obsolete. A ten-year old device is very out of date.
Recently at work we were doing our annual Spring cleaning. We tossed out a piece of high-definition television equipment that was less than three years old and originally cost $500,000. It went into the dumpster. There was no re-sale market for it. It has been replaced by a newer, smaller, better, faster, much cheaper device. It seems ridiculous, but that is the result of the pace of electronic development today.
I would have laughed a few years ago if you told me that you could buy an ultra high performance GPS receiver, a chart plotter with digital cartography for the entire US coast line, a multi-function color display, and a digital high-resolution SONAR--all integrated into one device--for $800. Now you get your choice of three or four different brands.
posted 05-08-2010 10:42 AM ET (US)
Found a little blurb from 1993 on the GPS mentioned earlier. The display unit would literally fit in the palm of your hand when the antenna was remotely mounted so there wasn't much of a display. Closeout price was about $500. We are very fortunate to such a good selection of reasonably priced marine electronics.
posted 05-08-2010 11:05 AM ET (US)
number9, check your email.
posted 05-09-2010 12:59 AM ET (US)
I use old GPS/depth units on my dinghies. Monochrome LCD displays. (I don't know if that technology has been categorized as ancient yet.)
I have an old Garmin 188 on a dink, I can buzz around and leave it attached and not care if it gets stolen.
For me the real feature is having a depth sounder when approaching rocky shores. And also when dropping crab pots.
posted 05-09-2010 10:38 AM ET (US)
I hit the local garage sales if I spot boat or outdoor stuff here in West Michigan next to Lake Mich. It is common to see paper fish finders, any iteration of VHF radio, Impulse electronics and more vintage marine electronics. I can't imagine having to load paper into "the graph"
posted 05-11-2010 09:25 AM ET (US)
The Raystar is headed to the dumpster. I inspected the unit yesterday and realized just why it wasn't installed on the boat when I bought it: someone cut the cord right at the base of the unit.
Out it goes.
Hopefully, I'll be able to install my electronics/GPS gear on the boat this weekend and actually get to use this boat on the lakes here for the first time....
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