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Old 22-11-2014, 11:57   #31
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Re: $4000 to spend and need much, help

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add fishfinder to the list of plotter sounder and such, asit is a beneficial back up depth device and will show ground contours
Yeah, I like fishfinders, great second depth instrument for sure. Seem to be more powerful than some depth only ones too.. and cheap!


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You wont need a wind vane for the Bahamas or eastern Caribe. It'll probably get very little use.
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Old 22-11-2014, 12:19   #32
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Re: $4000 to spend and need much, help

For my 22' fishing boat I bought a used 8" color Furuno fish finder for $600, a fraction of new cost.
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To get the most bang for your buck, buy quality used electronics. Have them checked by a pro.
What defines an electronics pro, and what can they do beyond pressing the buttons, looking at the menus and determining that all the functions work? Anyone can do the above.

It isn't like electronics are similar to mechanical things that an experienced pro might find a component out of spec or about to fail.

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What defines an electronics pro, and what can they do beyond pressing the buttons, looking at the menus and determining that all the functions work?...
Good questions.

By "an electronics pro" I mean someone with decades of experience in selling and servicing these very marine electronics, like Maritime Communications in Marina del Rey, where I took my GPS/plotter and fish finder the instant I received them from their respective oBoy sellers. Maritime had the know-how, antenna, transducer and a necessary cable (items I had not yet received) to test these electronics in a timely manner, so I could accept or return them immediately.

I have never before owner a plotter or fish finder, and I hadn't the time to learn all the nuances of these two complex units, so I could know if they were safe to accept on such short notice.

Now I won't quote what little Ken charged me. But it was such an insignificant amount when compared to the thousand$ I saved by buying used.
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I was wondering the same thing. I bought a boat with a Garmin GPS 2110 which seems to work fine, but it does not have the maps I need. This 2005 vintage chart plotter uses the old Garmin data cards that look like an oversized chicklet. The cards are very hard to come by.
While on my last big trip, I used both the expensive Furuno plotter and iNav on the iPad. iPad actually had better maps.
So, why buy a chart plotter? I can buy an iPad with the cell card (and GPS) for $400 and the screen is large.. Maps are the same price as for a chart plotter.. I can buy a back up and it is still less than a chart plotter with a smaller screen. Can get a mount...I can get a waterproof case and I can take it inside and plan a route while sitting somewhere comfortable.
what am I missing? I don't care about interfacing with the autopilot. Don't plan on getting radar. I like the depth sounder to be on a different screen.
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