Time to upgrade instruments:
Have these 3 round holes on cockpit
that hold... Wind
, Speed and Depth
Standard Horizon bezels that do not work
Bought new, unused Datamarine instrument faces and tried to find new transducers to make them work
, (although they would not be the up to date NMEA
2000) but cannot figure out what model transducers to buy to match these new but obsolete displays which are:
Datamarine Windspeed display face model LX 360Q (shows a 7 pin receptacle for masthead unit which I don't have).
Datamarine Speed display face Corinthian II B (has an RCA receptacle looking hole for future transducer).
display face model 3030 (has 3 pins to connect to future transducer).
Yes, I can do without all of these instruments and the effort of trying to find transducers, by using ....telltales, hand held anemometer, GPS
and a nice wide angle fishfinder
with color contours but.....what do I do with those 3 holes??.
Behind those 3 holes in a perfect line up, there is a beautiful teak
box made to cover the wires for these, and wiring
for the also old Furuno Radar
and Humingbird fish
on the cabin
side of things. All these electronics
were Furuno's best at the time, old technology by now but... let's just concentrate on what to do with the three round holes and the new Datamarine Display faces.
This is what I'm debating in my head
A company shop named DMI; will probably be able to find transducers, at a price
that could be best used towards newer equipment
?. But I don't have to have the latest Wireless, WiFi
, Bluetooth or color displays in 3 dimensional format or surround sound voice activated gizmos that talk with a computer and I don't understand the complications and are afraid of losing all electronic data at once. I am not too versed on new technology.
Need Speed Over the Water
to calculate current
, (have the thruhull filled with the old transducer
now). Have Speed Over the Ground via GPS
, Depth via fishfinder
direction via mast
windex and telltales on sails
for fine adjustments. ( For wind speed, birds destroy the masthead units).
Also need a better and simple way to navigate with electronic charts
at the cockpit
in full sun and rain using a simple chartplotter
that is not smaller than 5 inches since I already have a handheld GPS that is hard to see.
Also some way to have Email
, and search the Web for Weather
and looking up sites. Have android smart phones with data and text to do some of this but may need WiFi
Cruising grounds would be the Florida
Coasts, Keys, Bahamas
and some other Caribbean
Islands mostly singlehanding
a full keel
What are your suggestions? Use one of those cockpit bulkead holes with a newer speed/temp display and use the existing thruhull fitting for the future transducer
? What to do with the other 2 holes next to this?
Thanks for your thoughts and ideas !.