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CLK posted 04-25-2010 07:06 PM ET (US)   Profile for CLK  
Installed a few toys over the winter - Pics below.

Included:

Flir M-Series. Went with the 4x Zoom.

ACR RCL-300 Remote Controlled Searchlight. The thing is a beast! Has 1 million CD power.

In addition to my twinn Raymarine E120s, I added additional twinn E80s.

Finally, added an extra Icom IC-M504.

Some pics.

Electronics:

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/CLK_305/cons1.jpg

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/CLK_305/cons2.jpg

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/CLK_305/cons3.jpg

Flir:

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/CLK_305/flir1.jpg

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/CLK_305/flir3.jpg

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/CLK_305/flir4.jpg

ACR RCL Spotlight:

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/CLK_305/spotlight2.jpg

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/CLK_305/spotlight4.jpg

Stern Shot

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/CLK_305/flir5.jpg

Phil - Thanks for fix - I appreciate it!


Cheers!
~CLK

Wet Willy posted 04-26-2010 07:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Wet Willy  Send Email to Wet Willy     
Looks Awesome!,
I had to google the FLIR, got it now, very cool rig. My boss has a 285 conquest, and I drove it during the sea trial, I can only imagine driving the 345, its a beast!
bluewaterpirate posted 04-26-2010 08:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
Nice looking electronics install ........
CLK posted 04-26-2010 08:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for CLK    
Thanks Willy!

I didn't realize that my link above (to the FLIR website) was broke. It has a demo video of the camera in use, plus screen shots. Here's the link again (hopefully)

http://www.flir.com/cvs/americas/en/maritime/products/mseries/

I'm not the most experienced person at the helm, but the 345 isn't that tough to captain. I'm hoping to take some extended trips this summer.


Cheers!
~CLK
ps - Jim, thanks for cleaning up this thread.

CLK posted 04-26-2010 08:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for CLK    
Thanks Tom.

I should clarify - I didn't do the install personally.

The electronics are part of a much bigger upgrade, that I had done on my entire electrical system.

I don't have all the specifics at hand - but will post them later.


Cheers!
~CLK

WisED posted 04-26-2010 10:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for WisED  Send Email to WisED     
Those 'some real expensive toys, the FLIR is awesome! Now all you need is a couple of missile launchers and a remote controlled .50cal :)
CLK posted 04-26-2010 02:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for CLK    
quote:
Now all you need is a couple of missile launchers and a remote controlled .50cal :)

My thoughts exactly!


Cheers!
~CLK

20dauntless posted 04-26-2010 02:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for 20dauntless    
Great upgrades for a great boat!

I seem to recall that you didn't originally have Raymarine electronics. What did you have, and why did you change them?

The FLIR looks cool, have you used it much at night yet? Can you pick out floating logs and crab pot buoys with it easily? Those are my big concerns at night, since radar picks up the rest. I talked with a Nordhavn owner a few years back who spent $80k on a night vision camera and was disappointed with the results. Perhaps the newer ones are better.

Spotlights are always helpful at night and good for picking up floating debris. The biggest problem is glare from them. My favorite place to install them is a welded plate on top of the bow pulpit rail to minimize glare. Your spot looks pretty good, too.

I'm glad to see someone supporting Seattle maritime companies, I'm sure they need the business. It looks like I won't have the Whaler on the lake this summer, there just isn't enough time between trips to Hawaii and Africa to justify it. I think I'll get out for a two week trip in Canada though, any idea what your longer range plans are? Perhaps a trip out to the West coast of Vancouver Island? You certainly have the boat for it!

SJUAE posted 04-26-2010 03:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for SJUAE  Send Email to SJUAE     
CLK

I see on another site you have a Grady White now. Is this a recent addition and accounts for you missing in action of late?

I just upgraded my electronics to twin Lowrance HDS-5 and a GX2100 VHF. Not the same league but almost proportional relative to boat size :). At least we have the same steering wheel.

More importantly than using the electronics. I see you have the landing net out, has this seen any action yet?

Regards
Steve

CLK posted 04-26-2010 05:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for CLK    
Thanks dauntless!

quote:
I seem to recall that you didn't originally have Raymarine electronics. What did you have, and why did you change them?

That's correct. The boat came with the Northstar 8000i Deluxe Electronics Navigation Package. Twin 12" screens (GPS / chart plotter / fishfinder),... 600-watt transducer,... Northstar NS3300 autopilot ,... Northstar 721 VHF radio,... & Northstar 6 kw open array radar.

The only things I kept were the autopilot & vhf.

The Northstar stuff was nice, but had numeroues drawbacks. To name a few - I didn't like the touch screens (they became an absolute mess while fishing),... the systems were extremely slow to boot-up (each head was essentially a stand alone computer).

quote:
The FLIR looks cool, have you used it much at night yet?

I haven't used it yet. Spent last week & weekend,... getting the boat ready for the season. I'm hoping to go out a night this week & use it.

quote:
Can you pick out floating logs and crab pot buoys with it easily? Those are my big concerns at night, since radar picks up the rest.

I know a guy who's got the FLIR Navigatir II on his 345 Conquest - He loves it,... & says it's just like the demo video on the FLIR website [link below]. He makes early morning runs from the lake, up to Point No Point in the Puget Sound. He says he doesn't even look out the windsheild - Just uses the FLIR & looks at the monitor. Told me he can see wood, crab pots etc. He loves it! I think the video demo, shown in the link below, gives an accurate portrayal, of the units capabilities.

http://www.flir.com/cvs/americas/en/maritime/products/mseries/

quote:
... any idea what your longer range plans are? Perhaps a trip out to the West coast of Vancouver Island? You certainly have the boat for it!

I'd sure love to! Like yourself, I have multiple trips abroad this year. Hopefully, I can fit in a nice boating trip, too.


Cheers!
~CLK


CLK posted 04-26-2010 05:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for CLK    
Hey Steve - Good to hear from you!

quote:
I see on another site you have a Grady White now.

That's correct. After weighing diffent options - I went with a Grady White Sportsman 180. Below are some pics:

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/CLK_305/GWSide1.jpg

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/CLK_305/GWSide2.jpg

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/CLK_305/GWBow.jpg

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/CLK_305/GWBow2.jpg

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/CLK_305/GWConsole.jpg

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/CLK_305/GWStern.jpg


quote:
I just upgraded my electronics to twin Lowrance HDS-5 and a GX2100 VHF.

Sweet! I had a very similar setup rigged on my 210 Outrage & 305 Conquest. I had twin 10" Lowrance monitors - A LCX-113C HD Sonar/Gps & a GlobalMap 9200C Gps, an HD Sounder, plus radar.

quote:
I see you have the landing net out, has this seen any action yet?

Unfortunately, not yet this year. Will try & change that this spring,... summer & winter. I don't get to use the boat as much as I'd like. I'll be traveling alot this year too, which doesn't help. However, I am currently on my boat right now,... typing this!

Again - Nice to hear from you Steve,... & hope all's been well w/ you & yours!


Cheers!
~CLK

Robert V posted 04-27-2010 07:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Robert V  Send Email to Robert V     
Nice rig CLK, you really "did it up"! The install and new Raymarine gear looks great on your 345, thanks for posting the pics. I added the Raymarine A50D to my 205 Conquest earlier this year and have no regrets (other than I wish I had gone with a larger screen!). I hope you have a chance to bloody the decks this spring.

Robert V

SJUAE posted 04-27-2010 03:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for SJUAE  Send Email to SJUAE     
CLK

It’s always a pleasure to read your posts.

That’s a fine entry on the Grady and I like the step down on the gunnels.

Been on several extended trips myself and missed over 2 months of relatively cool weather here.

Then a stream of visitors/guests getting away from the cold UK winter has left me with little selfish time with my Whaler, Wife and my youngest.

Remember boats are not the same as books, you don’t have to have a shelf full of them :), although I guess you have a library of manuals now for all those electronics.

Regards and best wishes
Steve

bluewaterpirate posted 04-28-2010 08:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
Nice Grady ..... the Grady plant is about 3 miles from my house. They build a solid quality boat.

Tom

CLK posted 04-30-2010 10:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for CLK    
Thanks Robert & Tom!

Best both of you,... this boating season!


Cheers!
~CLK

WisED posted 04-30-2010 02:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for WisED  Send Email to WisED     
Come'n guys lets see some Grady White flames, you're being too nice! LOL
BTW, nice looking Grady :)

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