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Re: Seattle electronics recomenndations?
Yes, even basic trouble shooting is going to cost more than the existing instruments are worth assuming they are as old as the boat. If you check the power going to the inverter, and there are no blown fuses, likely it is going to be more cost effective to just replace it. As for the depth finder, again it likely worth looking into just replacing the entire set of instruments with something new, that you can integrate a chart plotter and what not. This may not be more cost effective immediately, but why throw a few hundred bucks at this, then put in new instruments a few months later.
Unless there is someone already there working on another boat on the dock, it is likely going to be a couple hundred bucks just to get someone to your boat to start the clock.
You could always get a hand held depth finder for those times that you are going through shallow water (handy to have on board anyway), otherwise keep a good eye on the chart and sail without one for a while till you decide what instruments you really want. This depends on how skinny the water is around where you sail, but I have always heard that the north west coast is generally deep. If all you want is depth, and perhaps basic charting, then some folks go with a "fish finder" that has basic charts. Or you can go full boar system for big bucks.
Last edited by miatapaul; 01-08-2013 at 01:13 PM.