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tous posted 04-03-2003 05:47 PM ET (US)   Profile for tous   Send Email to tous  
Just purchased a 17 ft Montauk and want to equip it with a Garmin 188 and Icom VHF. Any suggestions on the best/cheapest place to purchase these items online. Any help would be great, thanks.
phoeker posted 04-03-2003 06:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for phoeker  Send Email to phoeker     
Consumer Marine Electronics, Wall, NJ. Good outfit.
lhg posted 04-03-2003 06:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
The sonar/GPS electronics industry are experts at price fixing, and are a hard nut to crack. There are minor variations in store pricing, but it is hard to find this spread much more than 5%. They seem to have achieved a headlock on their dealerships - you deep discount and you're history. Avoid West Marine & their Boat/US stores.
Jim D posted 04-03-2003 08:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jim D  Send Email to Jim D

InHerNet posted 04-04-2003 08:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for InHerNet  Send Email to InHerNet

I purchased all of my equipment from them. Great prices and prompt shipping. A+

bsmotril posted 04-04-2003 10:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
I am lucky to have a West Marine store within a mile of the house. They honor others advertised prices, including Website pricing. I find the best deal I can online, print the web page or shopping cart page, then take it down to my friendly West Marine store. They have a lot of electronics in stock and are happy to let you try them out in the store. Their advertised prices are far from the lowest around, but don't let that stop you from asking for a lower price. They will match or beat others' offerings.
jimh posted 04-05-2003 09:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
[Changed TOPIC; was "Best place to buy electronics (followed by too many question marks)]

andygere posted 04-05-2003 11:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
There is an additional benefit to using bsmotril's suggestion to buy at West but get them to price match. If you are a member of the West Advantage club (free loyalty program) you will get points added to your account for every purchase. Periodically they send you a gift certificate for $10 depending on how much you spend.
Lars Simonsen posted 04-05-2003 06:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lars Simonsen  Send Email to Lars Simonsen     
I got my Garmin 162 at It was the cheapest place I found for the 162, but they appear to be out of stock now (my neighbor wants one). Another place I found was:

My neighbor ended up ordering a Garmin 162 from there for about $6 more than I paid. also has some good prices on GPS units.

reelescape1 posted 04-05-2003 08:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for reelescape1  Send Email to reelescape1     
VIT electronics online
1stwhaler posted 04-12-2003 06:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for 1stwhaler  Send Email to 1stwhaler     
I bought my 188 at the boat show fron boatersworld for believe it 725.00,other than that had the best prices
controller posted 04-13-2003 08:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller Great guys and customer service. Ships fast and can answer many questions.
millerbr posted 04-15-2003 07:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for millerbr  Send Email to millerbr     
Decent prices at
tbyrne posted 04-16-2003 10:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for tbyrne

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