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wmeier posted 12-19-2007 04:51 PM ET (US)   Profile for wmeier   Send Email to wmeier  
I am buying the family our first boat, a 2008 Outrage 190, and looking for help on picking out some good electronics. I want a good VHF radio, fishfinder, chartplotter and sounder. I can figure out the VHF radio that is no big deal however I'm confused by the fishfinder and Gps system out their today. Last boat that I ran on was my old man boat from the 1970's and the fishfinder had chart paper in it and the depth finder was just a stick that went back and forth over the card. Even my last merchant ship that I sailed (1980's) didn't have the electronics that today's small boater have. I would really apprecaite some help on this as Im not too sure about the combo units or better to keep the system separate? My son is an avid fisherman so I really like a decent fish finder. On the other hand I'm not too farmilar with the Long Island sound and would like the comfort of a good gps/chartplotter. Thanks.
Chuck Tribolet posted 12-19-2007 08:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
These topics have come up over and over. And VHF may not be as
simple as you thing these days.
jimh posted 12-19-2007 09:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Get a GMDSS DSC Class-D rated VHF Marine Radio.
where2 posted 12-19-2007 10:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Get a Standard Horizon PS2000 remote mount VHF with a Ram+ microphone ($150 last I saw them, with the microphone). Mount the VHF black box inside the console, mount the microphone connector on the dash. Use the remaining space for a larger [Electronic Chart Display and Information System] ECDIS.
jimh posted 12-19-2007 11:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
You must give some guideline for price range on these requests for recommendations for electronics. You can spend $5,00 without really getting fancy.

Assuming you want best-bargain type recommendations, for a fish finder try the FURUNO LS4100. It is has been top-rated. MSRP $300: LayoutInitial?ProductCategory=com.webridge.entity. Entity%5BOID%5B8D03242A253FDB42AD98872143116F7B%5D%5D&Product=com. webridge.entity.Entity%5BOID%5B95B577EC701BB34C999F0252A262BD0F%5D%5D& Container=com.webridge.entity. Entity%5BOID%5B45E9354C1FBAC4489CF357F8C0FFC58A%5D%5D

Or maybe you really want to find fish:

FURUNO FCV585, $1,495--less transducer! LayoutInitial?ProductCategory=com.webridge.entity. Entity%5BOID%5B8D03242A253FDB42AD98872143116F7B%5D%5D&Product=com. webridge.entity.Entity%5BOID%5B4B6A62EF83792D4FB87B6BAFCDCEA5E6%5D%5D& Container=com.webridge.entity. Entity%5BOID%5B3EE6D1C16BBC524D947BF1508E408939%5D%5D

We really need some price guidance from you.

wmeier posted 12-20-2007 09:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for wmeier  Send Email to wmeier     
Thanks, for the advice. I'm budgeting about $2,500 for all the electronics. I'm tempted to install myself to save [money]. I am not so sure that the best. But will review this option once I have the boat in hand to look at the project.

Chuck, yes, I'm sure that this topic comes up a lot, however please remember every month it appears that new and sometimes better equipment comes out and it a tough decision when the person has not have the experience of owning a boat in the recent history. Reading articles from manufacturers is not the best source. I much rather see the opinion of real users of the equipment. I really appreciate everyone opinions and interesting to see their insight to the products.

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