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sideshow posted 04-12-2005 06:31 AM ET (US)   Profile for sideshow   Send Email to sideshow  
I have recently ordered a 305 Conquest that will be ready in a few months. I have ordered all the standard Whaler options offered in the brochure (cruising package, comfort package, fishing package, etc.). Can anybody recommend any other options that are not listed yet available and worth fitting from the factory or by my dealer.
DaveH posted 04-12-2005 10:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for DaveH  Send Email to DaveH     
What engines did you order? Some good discussion has taken place already on Smartcraft gauges coupled with DTS and powersteering.

I would Invest in upgraded fuel filters and water separators and ensure they are located in a very easy access point to allow change out. Buy spares and keep them onboard. The high pressure fuel injection on today's engines can be tempermental with bad fuel. It's best to keep crap out of your expensive injectors.

What electronics? I would pay particular attention to integration of products that communicate. There are some great packages available (not always through Whaler) that talk to each other via NMEA 0183 ver.2. I'm not sure if any of the Smartcraft features are intergrated into the Whaler Northstar offerings but that may something to investigate. Get the largest and brightest screen you can afford to display all the information.

I would look over some of the latest and greatest GPS systems with 3-D bottom topography. They are sweet.

I would also look for a fuel metering (e.g. Flowscan) and CO2 cabin monitoring since you appear to be looking to overnight with a diesel generator. I would also invest in a good EPIRB.

Just a few.

Atlantic Xpat posted 04-12-2005 10:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Atlantic Xpat    
Why would you need fuel monitoring e.g. floscan as well as smartgauges? (Since smartgauges offer all the fuel monitoring functions of floscan.)

Nice boat btw.

DaveH posted 04-12-2005 03:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveH  Send Email to DaveH     
Atlantic Xpat:
You're correct. I forgot about the fuel metering capability of Smartgauge. Good call.
sideshow posted 04-13-2005 12:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for sideshow  Send Email to sideshow     
I have twin 250 Verados
C120 Raymaine GPS/Sounder/Radar
Navman 7200 VHF
SC5000 smartcraft
DaveH posted 04-13-2005 09:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for DaveH  Send Email to DaveH     
It seems that you have most of the items on the wish list. If you are a serious offshore fisherman/diver, you may wish to look into these since they aren't offered by Whaler:
handn posted 04-14-2005 11:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
I have a 305 Conquest with twin YamaMerc 225's. It is a great boat and I think you will love it.
From the factory, it is a very well equipped boat. Extras I have added are instruments similar to yours and an auto pilot. You will want an auto pilot particularly for fishing. With Verados I am unfamiliar with what you can use since you have steering by wire, but there has to be something.
I added another 200 feet of anchor line, spliced to the factory line. The 150 on board was suitable only for shallow water.
I am adding auxillary fuel filter water seperators although I have had no trouble so far.
I wish I had a satellite radio. The Clarion that is on the boat says it is satellite ready.
I am sure you have ordered the canvas and plastic side curtains. I have found that I use mine year around even though I boat in a tropical climate. They are needed to keep down the spray. The ride is great on a 305 at the expense of some spray.
I installed Taco outriggers. They are similar to the factory mounted riggers at less cost. I want to add a center rigger. It will probably be a Lee. The Taco center rigger won't fit on my T-top frame.
I have had the boat a year and keep thinking about what I can add but so far this is all I could come up with.
Good luck on your new boat.
bluewaterpirate posted 04-15-2005 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
It's not a Conquest 305 but we're about to take delivery on a new Conquest 235 with a 250 Verado .... we upgraded from the standard 225 Verado. Should take delivery within the next 2 weeks. My wife & I are excited ... will let u know about the new model & 1st impressions ..... the redesign of the Conquest line started with the 255, 305, 235, and now the new 275 will be released early in 2006. Interesting stuff.

Cheers ......


sideshow posted 04-16-2005 09:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for sideshow  Send Email to sideshow     
Tom, bet you can't wait! I have to wait until September! 235 looks good. Interested to know your thoughts on the 250 Verado.

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