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Old 07-08-2006, 16:00   #1
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A new set of instruments, cheap!

So I have now secured a complete set of new instruments for Insatiable, and without breaking the bank! I purchased them through e-bay, over a period of about 4 months, all from the same vendor.

The gear is all from the "NASA Clipper" range, so each instrument has the same size & display unit. I have got:

1. Speed / log, including transducer
2. Depth sounder (with in-hull fitting, rather than thru-hull)
3. GPS repeater
4. Wind speed & direction, including masthead unit
5. Close-hauled wind repeater (not really needed, but once a racer...)

The total cost for all of the above was only $US 740 ($AU 975)
My current instruments (Yazaki; over 20 years old) are mounted in a box just forward of the companionway. I have started to build a new box to house the new instruments. I got some marine ply off-cuts for free from my local hardware/timber store, so the whole operation hasn't cost me too much.
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Old 07-08-2006, 16:43   #2
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Hi Weylan:

Good job on saving the money. How long did it take to acquire all the different instruments? What category did you search on Ebay. I recently saw a Jordan Series drouge for sale there but didn't think it would fit my boat -- too big.

I'm thinkg of getting some back ups for my 20 year old B&G Hydras. That way if something goes wrong I can just replace it.
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Old 07-08-2006, 17:12   #3
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Hello Charlie

I purchased the instruments over a period of about 4 months.

Instruments are strangely difficult to find on Ebay... I generally just looked at "Boat Parts & Accesories" in the "Cars, bikes & boats" section.
Link:
http://cars.listings.ebay.com.au/Boa...eZmeQ3afQ3acat


The Nasa instruments I bought were all purchased from Online Marine Mart, who were very good to deal with.
Link:
http://stores.ebay.com.au/Online-Mar...Q3amesstQQtZkm

and I also kept an eye on CourierMe, because they had quite a range of NavMAn instruments, although I didn't end up buying any.
Link:
http://stores.ebay.com.au/CourierME_...Q3amesstQQtZkm

Hope that helps.
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Old 07-08-2006, 17:33   #4
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I've done some good shopping on eBay though not all eBay deals are that great. You need to work at it. MY GPS is older but quite nice and I now have a twin unit ready to install should it become required.

I also just got (later in the morning) a new PDA by Mio (a P350) that I got a great deal on (still mnay left) that has a built in GPS and runs nice.
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