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bluewaterpirate posted 06-24-2006 05:16 PM ET (US)   Profile for bluewaterpirate   Send Email to bluewaterpirate  
Changed my electronics configuration to the new Furuno 620 FF from a Raymarine DS500 FF. I by no means was unhappy with the DS500 but just wanted a bigger display and newer technology. Install was easy. Here's a few pictures of the install and 2 of my Garmin 376c with some XM Weather presentations. sitebuilderpictures/furuno1.jpg sitebuilderpictures/tranducer1.jpg sitebuilderpictures/garmin1.jpg sitebuilderpictures/garmin2.jpg

Tightlines .....


bluewaterpirate posted 06-24-2006 07:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
Should have been Furuno Install vice what I typed ......

Oh Well

bluewaterpirate posted 06-25-2006 03:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
Here are 3 more pictures of realtime weather from my Garmin 376c between Wilmington NC & Cape Lookout NC 6/25/06. Look at the range scales in the lower right corner of thescreen shots to get an idea how u can use this info to avoid offshore storms. Can't say enough good things about XM Weather feature. Chime in guys who use this feature on their boats. sitebuilderpictures/garmin25.jpg sitebuilderpictures/garmin35.jpg sitebuilderpictures/367c1.jpg


bluewaterpirate posted 06-25-2006 03:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
This picutre was taken 20 minutes later. You can an idea how this really works ..... notice the storms are getting popping and gaining in intensity. Movement is to the NW.

The XM weather is animated (so u can see direction of movement of individual ts cells), display marine/county warnings, temps, wave heights, pressure, current/future forcast maps, water temps, wave heights, and buoy info. sitebuilderpictures/garmin12weather.jpg


bluewaterpirate posted 06-25-2006 05:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
One hour later ........ sitebuilderpictures/garminweather11.jpg

tombro posted 06-28-2006 07:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
Thanks. Your Ventura console is much busier than mine!
I really like that weather feature. Can you tell a bit more about it? You have a dedicated Garmin unit JUST for the weather...and a separate chartplotter for navigation, correct?
bluewaterpirate posted 06-28-2006 08:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
I can use either unit for navigation, however, I use my Ray for my primary and the Garmin as the backup and weather display. The XM Weather feature has saved my backside a number of times. When u fish 50 + miles offshore it's great to be able to see TS before it's too late. It also gives you TS movement direction vectors so you can navigate around them. I'm in the process of removing a Northstar system on my Conquest and replacing it with a Garmin 3205 GPS/CP with the new g2 charts. jpg

Enjoying your Ventura Tom?

Tightlines ........


tombro posted 06-28-2006 03:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
Yes, we're enjoying our Ventura very, very much. Have 120 inshore hours on her thus far, and hope to chase some schoolie bluefins shortly.
The ability to see TS with direction vectors is of great benefit for offshore fishing. Down the road I would like to add a dedicated FF, so I can keep my Garmin 198c on charplotting full screen, full time. Before that I would like drop curtains, though, to extend my season and comfort level.

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