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Old 11-01-2018, 06:04   #1
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Catalina 34 Marine Electronics

Just purchased a 1986 Catalina 34. Wanted a great project boat and this one fit the bill. My question is with so many choices for marine electronics out there, what would you suggest as the best system.

I am in SW Florida and will mainly do coastal cruising. I will bounce down to the keys and across to the Bahamas in the future.

Obviously cost is a factor in any decision so under 3000.

Thank you in advance.

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Old 11-01-2018, 06:23   #2
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Re: Catalina 34 Marine Electronics

I can give some advice but some more info would be helpful.

With your 3000 budget what are you trying to achieve? Navigation, depth, wind instrument and a single screen?

What transducer if any is already in the hull?

Do you want touch screen?

Are you wanting a screen only in the cockpit or also the nav station?

Do you ever expect to add an autopilot and if so do you want it networked into the system?
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Old 11-01-2018, 06:32   #3
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Thank you for your reply. I would like an all in one unit at the helm, Depth, Wind, Nav, touch screen would be nice, single screen at the helm is fine. might add auto pilot in the future.
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There's alot of options but a B&G Vulcan 9 with the nmea transducer, triton wind sensor would be around 2k priced out from West Marine. Then add the charting chip of your choice.
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Old Salts take it easy on me, this is my life long dream finally achieved. now I will go broke pouring money into it like all good sailors.
Congratulations on the boat! A boat is just a hole in the water that you throw money in.
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Old 11-01-2018, 07:19   #6
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If you haven't already, please log into the C34 owners forum. Those guys know their boats and any questions you have, they will have an answer.

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Old 11-01-2018, 08:47   #7
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Re: Catalina 34 Marine Electronics

In my experience, touch screens rarely work well when your fingers are wet or you're wearing gloves. For that reason I installed a non-touchscreen Garmin chartplotter last year when I had to replace all my electronics due to a lightning strike. Not only will it work better for my purposes, but it's cheaper.

Speaking of lightning strikes, SW Florida is one of the lightning capitals of the world - my boat was in Ft Myers when it got struck. Make sure that your boat is as lightning-protected as possible, though nothing will protect you fully (other than a good insurance policy). Or, you could just dock it near a catamaran ;-)

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Old 11-01-2018, 09:43   #8
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Re: Catalina 34 Marine Electronics

Wingate -
I went through the same process on my Gulfstar 41 a number of years ago.
I wanted to be able to install it and troubleshoot it myself. I also wanted excellent factory support both online and over the phone if I had any problems. I installed true wireless wind, compass, boat speed, gps and hydraulic autopilot connected directly to the quadrant. All of the instruments connect to one CPU. At the time the company was called COMNAV. it is now part of the Garmin Family. The best part of the system is the wireless wind wand. It has a lithium battery and a tiny solar panel that is part of the wind wand. That means that there are no wires in my mast. Total cost delivered was about $6,000, including 4 - 6" square displays. It was all bought a piece at a time, as I could afford it. Start with wind, boat speed, compass, 2 displays and CPU from Hodges marine for $1,200.00. HAVE FUN !!!
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I used to cruise a C34 extensively. Some thoughts.

N2K traducer (speed, depth, temp). One modern plotter. Have you invested already in nice canvas dodger and bimini? If no, stay away from a touch screen.

Autopilot is a must. Your budget will allow a wheel pilot. C34 will do fine with a wheel pilot, but ideal would be below deck.

Big plotter or small? Something large at the helm is expensive and a waste of money. If you really want a big plotter, put it on a bracket that folds out from the companionway - visible from the helm - more useful for 90% of your cruising miles when you aren't behind the wheel - stores inside when you lock up. A small helm plotter and a tablet (all the modern stuff is networked) is your best bang for the buck.

Personal preference for your boat and budget:

Mid size Garmin plotter with buttons, mounted at companionway.
N2k triducer
Wheel autopilot
Skip a wind instrument and spend your extra on radar
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West Marine, 2 -3x's a year will have a Garman or Raymarine package in the 2500-3500 area. Shop for a sale and you can save 25 to 30 percent. Enjoy
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Whatever you decide, make sure you have AIS, preferably one that also transmits. Don't leave home without it. Cheers, Pappy
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I love my new Simrad 9” display.
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I love my new Simrad 9Ē display.
Yep. The new Simrad/B&G stuff is really excellent for the money.
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Re: Catalina 34 Marine Electronics

Tough question to answer!

I am basing my build around the auto pilot (so I choose Garmin because I like their smart pump)

I REALLY REALLY REALLY like B&Gs units for all the info they have. Iíve done a lot of small boat racing so their race apps and stuff really excite me since normally Iíve got a boat and sails. No fancy gadgets. But I donít like that you canít remotely access the autohelm with an iPad!

Raymarine is good and easy to use. Canít really go wrong with any of these.

Other reasons I like Garmin: comes with blue seas mobile app, intuitive display, data pods are clear to read.

Also a big shout out to Vesper Marine AIS with antenna splitter. It networks your boat and displays AIS over good mobile chart apps.
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Wingate9 - I just had the Garmin wind, depth, speed, etc package (wired) installed in my boat. Do you need the wind, not really, but what the heck. Water temp of this package might be nice for you if you cross the gulf stream. Cost of the package was $1400. Took the yard a number of weeks to get it to work with Garmin's assist as a malfunctioning NMEA 2000 "black box" was included. I have a 5" garmin chartplotter at the helm, cost $350 on sale. Plan on adding AIS this Spring after getting caught in the fog in Long Island Sound...trying to listen for the hi speed ferries in and out of Block Is. That sold me on AIS. Hand held & bulkhead mounted VHF. Electronics seem to only be limited by folks budget versus brand of boat. Enjoy the shopping.
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