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jimh posted 03-31-2014 12:39 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
The first few days of April, 2014, may be a good time to buy new marine electronics. Several vendors will be offering promotions beginning April 1, 2014, and these vendor promotions will briefly overlap with some manufacturer rebate offers.

For example, until April 6, 2014, SIMRAD is offering a $150 rebate on a NSS-8 multi-function display, SONAR, and chart plotter, and some vendors have this unit on sale for $1,110. With the $150 rebate, that brings the net price to $960. That is an amazing price for the 8-inch, color, multifunction display with the top-line SIMRAD nameplate.

Keep watch on some of the larger marine electronic vendors like BOE Marine or DEFENDER for sale prices that overlap rebate offers.

jimh posted 04-01-2014 09:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
If you are thinking about a new VHF Marine Band fixed-mount radio, it will have to be a Class-D DSC radio. You can buy one for about $100.

The Standard-Horizon GX1200B Eclipse DSC+ model is presently selling for about $135 at many vendors, and the manufacturer is offering a $30 rebate. This puts the net cost of the new radio at $105. In my opinion, to be able to buy a sophisticated, well-designed, well-built marine radio at that price is simply amazing.

PeteB88 posted 04-07-2014 01:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Just saw the Simrad [NSS-8?]in action yesterday - impressive and oh to have that screen size!
fno posted 04-14-2014 07:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Further news about Simrad. Any units purchased after April 7 and before June 30 qualify for an even bigger rebate. The rebate from Simrad is now $200. I recently purchased my second NSS-8; the first has been a solid performer for me. Having done business with BOE Marine, I went back to them and got the unit for $1,100. My first one cost me $2000, so I am in for two $1,500 8-inch displays that include an integral GPS antenna and built-in sounder capability that is supposedly on par with Simrads BSM-1 stand alone sounder module.

As to the installation [these remarks are now a separate thread--jimh]

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