Well, finally got it all hooked up and turned on.
(Kinda neat to see the AIS
targets on the screen
To stay on budget
or below, I shopped on the internet
and e-bay, did some minor research
, etc and ended up paying about 20 to 25% less than West Marine
Got a Standard Horizon CP180i for $389.00 or so. http://www.standardhorizon.com/index...3&isArchived=0
A S-H Quest-X for $139.00 and the enchanced RAM mike for $99.00 http://www.standardhorizon.com/index...3&isArchived=0
Paid $189.00 for the SR 161 AIS
receiiver from http://www.milltechmarine.com/products.htm
The AIS hooked up to a Shakespeare 5240 R railmounted VHF antenna
So far, sitting in an inland canal, I have picked up AIS targets about 10 NM away...Perhaps slightly better out in the open ocean, althought 10 NM seems plenty, even a fast container ship doing 30 knots will take 20 minuttes to cover that distance.
I had a budget
of $1K and just about snuck under it, but when I purchase
a chip for the chart plotter sometime in the future, it will go over...
The plotter hooked up to my WP 32 autopilot
, and the pilot remote
control installed at the same time, etc.
All in all a lot of wires to run, connectors to connect and holes to drill.
Also had to fabricate a bracket for mounting the plotter to the Edson pedestal
in the cockpit
Will snap a pic and upload one of these days. The bracket mounting, with rubber damping came out pretty good and look almost factory made.
(It better look good, took me 8 days to make it...Including several days of baking it in the oven
to cure the paint
...The 8 days also proves that I should not do this kind of thing for a living, I'd go broke real fast,)
Now for a question or two:
The plotter accepts 2 kinds of electronic charts
MAX and something called C-map
I have done some checking on the internet
to find out what the difference is, but even their own web page did not compare features.
Has anybody used both of these?
Any comments on the difference?
Have not found any super good deals on the internet on the C-MAP MAX wide charts
, West Marine
is $199.00, the best deal on the 'net is $190.87.
Not a big difference and being new to electronic charts, I don't know if they are sold discounted or if the prices are pretty steady unlike electronics
Any experience with the Standard Horizon plotters out there?
I bought mine for a couple of reasons:
After having compared it to the Garmin
172C I found:
The display was bigger, colors sharper, it will plot the position of a DSC
call, and it is AIS ready...All that with a 3 year warranty and a price
of less than $400.00 seems like a bargain.
When I bought this boat, a CSY 33
, 7.5 years ago I did not have any plans to turn it into an "electric" boat, but with some spare change laying around and a lot of time on my hands, it sort of happened gradually.
With the Navtex http://www.boatersland.com/furnx300.html
and the digital SSB http://www.sea-dmi.com/pdfs/SEA235R.pdf
and the Simrad NMEA
This boat is indeed wired.
Now I am just crossing my fingers that the Gods will not be angry and punish me with a lighting
strike.....That would ruin the day and fry all the expensive circuits...