Electronics. What’s the best?

Discussion in 'Sport Yachts/Yachts' started by NotHerDecision, Nov 22, 2017.

  1. William Cerutti

    William Cerutti New Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    Nov 26, 2017
    2010 Searay370 Sundancer, Raymarine Axiom Pro12 RVX MFD 3D
    Mercruiser 496 Mag Axius 750 HP
    The most important piece of electronic gear on your boat?? Clearly, on anyone's boat, it a VHF Radio. I will not try for a bargain basement price VHF. With all the modern features of GNSS, GPS, AIS (receive mode only, for now), I installed the ICOM 605 Fixed mount VHF with GPS/AIS. It's a little pricey,but, well worth it in the long term. Also, a radio is only as good as it's antenna. Check out the Shakespeare Galaxy Ratchet Mount. Hope this helps
     
  2. Havana Shamrock

    Havana Shamrock Active Member

    Sep 9, 2008
    Long Island.
    2005 500DB
    QSM11's,
    Honda 30HP
    Josh, I have always had 2 plotters on all of our boats, I love redundancy whenever possible, I usually run 1 main chart w/ radar overlay and the second plotter is used for combo , large radar and smaller chart and maybe depth etc.. I also run 2 ICOM radios and a seperate Vesper AIS transmitter / receiver
    Overplayed to 1 plotter. Not to mention running an iPad and I installed a new computer for my cameras and movie library and want to run nobeltec to the bridge monitor ( a little excessive I know) but I love a toolbox filled with tools.
     
  3. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

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    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    You have an impressive setup for sure!

    Just to let everyone know. It was a pleasure to work with Jim at BOE. He is a stand-up guy who is willing o take your call, even on Thanksgiving weekend. Super excited to get it all installed, I'll definitely post some pics when it is complete.

    Thank you again for all of your advice and opinions!

    Josh
     
  4. Boston-boater

    Boston-boater Member

    118
    Oct 29, 2013
    Marion/Massachusetts
    2000 310 DA
    350 Horizons v drive
    I just upgraded to all simrad equipment. 9" display, broadband radar w/overlay, and VHF with ais. Very happy with. All of it. As many have said, it comes down to personal preference. For me it was bundled radar and mfd and VHF with ais for competitive price. I will add that I believe only gar in has the auto routing function if that matters to you. They sued the other two and the function was disabled on my unit. That could be a reason to with or against Garmin.
     
  5. Havana Shamrock

    Havana Shamrock Active Member

    Sep 9, 2008
    Long Island.
    2005 500DB
    QSM11's,
    Honda 30HP
    When we used our Garmin on the south shore of LI it wouldn’t Auto Route so I called Garmin and they said “yeah the water is too shallow there it won’t work” so I sold it.
     
  6. Russ Calasant

    Russ Calasant Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 9, 2009
    East Greenwich, RI
    2001 480 DB
    CAT 3196
    Holy cow Joe! Where are you planning to go?! That is quite an Arsenal, must be nice to have all that space and money! I have an iPad! I just can’t bring myself to make such a big financial commitment. I need building blocks - I would like to learn more about your set up. Hope you are well -
     
  7. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

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    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    Since I started the thread I should give an update.

    Furuno items started arriving last night. I have installed the chart plotter temporarily while I wait for the new panels to be fabricated from tecnografix. It came preloaded with an older software version so I went about updating it. You will need a micro SD card to do this so keep that in mind if you intend to buy a furuno.

    I am very happy with the unit itself and the included charts. I was used to cmap on my raymarine but those are 300 bucks on Furuno so I’ll stick with the noaa/navionics that are loaded. It connected easily to WiFi and has activecaptain which is pretty cool.

    Now just waiting on my open array and mount so I can knock that out. I am also doing Sirius weather.

    Hate to post pics in progress but here is my dash all opened up.

    I also am using my standard horizon gx2200 to output the AIS info with a milltech marine nk-80 converter to NMEA 2000.

    The only thing I dislike is the pigtail off the back of the unit has the tiny little wires that need to be connected to a terminal block. This makes it difficult to remove and I wish they would have had a harness that unplugs like a car stereo. Anyway I purchased some miles connectors and will make my own.

    Pics over the next few days.

    Josh
     

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