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Old 17-07-2010, 17:20   #1
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Which Radar, Plotter, AIS?

I'm considering which Radar/Plotter/AIS combo to fit to Boracay.

I'd like a Radar with alarm, AIS with transponder and alarm (Class A nice, class B Ok), and a GPS equipped plotter. Sonar not necessary.

The alarm probably needs to be on the plotter.

Digital Radar would also be nice.

And I don't want to spend a lot of money on it all. Any suggestions?
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Old 17-07-2010, 17:30   #2
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Used one of the plotter controllers Si-Tex Marine Electronics Explorer Plus Electronic Charting System Control Unit with a standard lcd 17 inch monitor and quite impressed.
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I have just bought new electronics for my boat, I bought it with nothing on it but a Kennedy era VHF. I went with Simrad for reliability, quality, and low cost. I got a NX45 12" plotter for nav station $1,900, NX40 8.4" chart for helm $1,350, and BR24 broadband radar $1,590. The radar unit is new era technology and has near zero harful emmisions and one of the best target definitions I have ever seen. For the AIS I used B with the Standard GX2100B VHF/AIS radio. They also have XM Weather module and other goodies and everything interfaces through a junction box so installation is fairly straight forward. I spent alot of time researching this and bang for the buck Simrad is the hands down winner. They build a ton of commercial nav equipment and their tech trickles down fast to the recreational market products. Have a look at their web site
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