You could consider one of the smaller Garmin
chartplotters with charts
for all US, coastal and rivers, plus Bahamas
preloaded. Good value in my opinion.
If you get the version that includes a fish
finder you'll have a second depth
sounder for backup. I like running two sounders as they seem to blank out at the worst moments from murky water
, debri, or soft bottoms. Lot's of skinny water
muddy bottoms where I'm cruising.
The gpsstore dot com seems to have good prices.
Nothing wrong with a good handheld vhf
to get you started. Handy for calling bridges. Get one that floats. Eventually I think you'll want a good fixed mount vhf even on a smaller boat for the greater range and secure installation
. Mounted at the companionway
, a base model with no remote
command Mic would do. Mounted bellow I'd get a command Mic version with the remote
at the helm