Ok after 7 hours walking around the boat show
and hearing all the pro and cons.
I settled on the Sitex mds-8 a 4kw dome at $1100 best price
and a cp180 for $360= 1460
My wife then said with spending that much why not get the cp300 bigger easier to read and at $650 not that much more percentage wise.
So now I'm ready to spend $1750.
I then go to Defender at the show, they have a special "mds-8 and a Sitex Ec-7". I was told the Sitex are more $$ than the cp300 so I never demo'd it.
Back to Sitex booth.
Standalone Chartplotter with Radar and Fishfinder Capability.
Sitex introduces its new 7” High Definition, combination plotter/sounder units. The EC7 is available with or without an internal 600W fishfinder
or add an external black box fishfinder putting out 500/1000 watts of power. The bright 800 x 480 high resolution screen provides a great picture whether looking at the chart, optional fishfinder or optional MDS radar dome. Combine the ability to hold 10,000/marks, 50 routes of 50 waypoints and a tracklog of 10,000 points to everything in the EC7 and you have a solid plotter/fishfinder that will last years and keep track of all your hidden spots.
Chartplotting and NMEA Interfacing
The ultra-fast processor of the Sitex EC7 quickly goes through screen redraws while showing highly detailed C-Map’s Max charts. Additional functions can be added to the Sitex EC7 like AIS
, Radar and fishfinder. By using NMEA 0183
data from the included power data cable you can interface your VHF radio
to send your coordinates through Digital Selective Calling (DSC), or just use the optional DSC VHF radio
for Buddy Track Capability, you can also link to an EPIRB
so search and rescue
will have your coordinates when the signal is received. The Backlit soft keys, and an easy to use on screen menu system, make the EC7 a powerhouse unit that is affordable.
For value and flexibility the Sitex EC7 fits the profile, offering expandability with the addition of optional sensors, a 7” Daylight Viewable high resolution screen that is large enough to split, and still make out the detail for viewing on both sides of the screen. The EC7 offers solid chart plotter functions that the newest or most experienced navigators will find easy to use and provide the directions to port or that special spot where the fish
Normal street price about $875
the demo, it was great too many bells & whistles, real nice and intuitive.
In stead of paying 1100 + 875 it was $1499.
So less than the combo with cp300.
So that was it, oh except we found a great pub across the street to celebrate our hard work.
I also bought a Ray SX-5 auto pilot
Harken roller furler
and bunch of other great deals, I kept to our goal don't go over $4,000.
Well a little bit.