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Old 21-05-2013, 01:19   #1
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Nav and electronics setup Defever 52 Euro

Dear All

I am looking to buy a Defever 52 EU, and having a hard time deciding on the Nav and electronics setup. What brand, type of displays, how much to install etc. The boat will be used for around the world cruising. Living in Hong Kong at the moment.

I hope some of you out there can help me decide.


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Old 21-05-2013, 07:59   #2
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There are plenty of competent suppliers in Hong Kong, you could give Elekton Marine on Nathan Road a try, or Stormforce on the HK side
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Re: Nav and electronics setup Defever 52 Euro

It's not the one on the south dock of Hebe Haven Yacht Club that sold for HK $1.2M recently is it? I didn't realize it was up for sale again.

I've had decent experiences with Elekon Elekon Company (Raymarine). You can also speak with Dragon Marine about the installation (Mac 9755-2146)

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Re: Nav and electronics setup Defever 52 Euro

AT the moment SIMRAD are way out in front


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Re: Nav and electronics setup Defever 52 Euro

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AT the moment SIMRAD are way out in front


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I just completely replaced all the electronics on a 54 foot sailboat. I created an entirely new NMEA2000 network (two of them, actually) and went with mostly Simrad (B&G) and Maretron components.

My setup:

B&G Zeus 8" MFD's at the helm and nav table
B&G (Simrad) 4G radar
Simrad AC42 pilot
Airmar H2183 gyro stabilized compass
Airmar ultrasonic log (connected to NMEA0183 through Actisense bridge)
Airmar N2K depth/temp
B&G Triton instrument displays (5x so far) -- 3x at scuttle, one at helm, one at nav table
Maretron DMS250 display at nav table
B&G pilot keypad at helm (a Triton, and the Zeus's, areused as pilot control)
Maretron engine harness
Maretron fuel flow setup
Maretron temperature module
Maretron WSO100 ultrasonic wind
Actisense N2K-USB bridge for laptop navigation
Sitek NMEA2000/USB black box AIS

I've only just commisioned it so not much experience yet, but so far seems absolutely brilliant.

I wouldn't make a blanket statement that "Simrad is far out in front", although I went with mostly Simrad gear myself. The new Raymarine gear looks excellent too; and Furuno is a perennial favorite although it is now, I think, distinctly costlier since Simrad and Raymarine are apparently engaged in a price war at the moment.

One bit of advice: If you are doing a complete new install, ditch all (or as much as you can) NMEA0183 stuff and go all-N2K. NMEA0183 has a lot of disadvantages and limitations, and is well on its way to obsolescence.
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Re: Nav and electronics setup Defever 52 Euro

The reason I make that statement is that at the moment, in terms on integration , choice of product, open access, dual charts standards, excellent radar and excellent operating software, SIMRAD by any inspection is way out in front,

Raymarine, after a terrible year or two , before their sale to Flir, as now catching up fast , and I suspect will snatch the crown back, or at least try to.

Garmin have the potential to be a very large player, with a complete suite of products, but as yet they have been slow to release products other then core MFDs. ( which are very good). But they have acquired autopilot and instrument companies, they just need to get more product out there.( and work on their open access policy)

Furuno I would put at the bottom, NOT , because they don't make good gear, they make excellent gear, but really since NN3D they haven't done a lot and parts of their product portfolio suite is looking very tired technically. ( as is NN3D, as its approaching nearly 8 years )

I spend quite a bit of time following marine electronics , as I write software into that market.

I dont mention companies who are primarily sensor manufacturers , they can be chosen as required.


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