I just skimmed this thread and now I am CONFUSED.
I am just starting to look at this stuff and I was hoping for some clarity here.
We are in the process of buying
a boat. Not quite there yet but are awaiting survey
in early Jan. The boat (or our secondary if it comes to that) will have virtually NO electronics
. So I am looking at a new systems.
Assuming boat #1 goes through (likely) it will come with:
- Uniden Oceanus VHF with Ram
- Standard Horizon depthsounder
- WH Autopilot P-3C
stays, for sure. Pilothouse with two steering
stations. The rest - maybe.
What I feel I NEED is:
What I would REALLY LIKE is:
- full transponder type (?) would be great
I have a couple of laptops with GPS
and raster charts - Fugawi
Frankly I don't see a need for wind/speed instruments. I mean, what am I gonna do about it anyway? I do have a pedestal compass
at both steering
On my current
boat I have:
Standard Horizion DSC VHF
integrated with GPS/chart plotter. It works.
, which works just fine. I single
hand a lot so what I did was put a mount on my lower washboard so I can see the radar. If I'm inside on a passage
I move it inside where I can see it. The chart plotter kinda swivels around so I can see it through the companion way.
I was looking to go the Furuno
but the thing I heard hear that turned me off was a lack of DSC VHF /GPS integration. Did I hear that right?
I'm not a huge fan of excessive integration. It would not bother me a bit to have a completely separate VHF/GPS combo.
So I guess I'm leaning toward a new VHF/GPS (recommendations please) and, if not to expensive, a chart plotter with two displays (inside and out.) And then a separate Furuno radar with two displays (inside and outside.) Running down to look at a radar or chart plotter is just not right.
But that sounds messy and expensive - four displays. Is there a way I can do like on my little boat and just move the displays?
And, what is this MFDBB anyway? Do I need that AND a MFD or just an MFD for the radar?? Boy, some simple installation
drawings would go a long way here.