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I have it on my boat and it has every feature imagiable....Class D DSC, hailer capable, WHAM capable, color screen...and the best feature is every channel has a reference name like Distress, Commercial, Ship to Ship, Ship to Shore so you can quickly and easily Navigate around the channels.
Congrats, wonderful looking boat...

I'll recommend Standard Horizon GX3000S to the contrary of 625SE... 3000x has all the bells and whistles on the 625S except the color screen, which I don't favor much due to pixel loss by time, at an affordable price... I bought mine for $150 at defender March sale...
3000x has the fog horn bells and whistles, customizable (is that a word?) channel names, loudhailer(with optional 40W speaker which is about 20$) and options like phone style handset,RAM(remote access microphone) etc...

May God fill your sails with fair winds and cabin with laughters...
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Nice boat. I used to have Catalina 30 and loved it. Take a look at the Garmin GPSMap 545 Chartplotter (or go big with the 4208). The 545 has an internal antenna and their user interface is very easy to use. No need to buy seperate charting chips, all of the charts you need come pre-loaded. Optionally, they have an advanced g2 Vision chip that has some really cool features. I bought Garmin 4212 this year and was previously a Simrad (CX34) and Raymarine (C80) customer. I was happy with Simrad and Raymarine, but I like my new Garmin the best.
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Congrats on your new boat... she looks pretty.

As for VHF... have one dedicated to the boat, and have a handheld. Its worth the money getting one that floats, don't ask how I know this.
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I like the Icom M504 for a VHF radio. I think you're better off having a full-power boat VHF unit rather than just a handheld. Getting a handheld as a backup or auxiliary makes sense.



For chartplotters, I like the older Garmin 492 if you can find it. It comes with the US Coastal charts pre-loaded, and I like the User Interface better than the one found on the newer Garmins... as the newer units still have a few bugs to work out IMHO.

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congrats on the new boat.
welcome to poverty.
as far as chartplotter and radio i can only comment from experience as i just replaced both last week.
my wife got me this
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and i later that day bought this(hey,i needed a matching set )
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cant beat the price,the maps are fair priced,they both do what i need them to do, and they are compatible.
i cant get too far in depth as to function as i am still learing how to use the chartplotter.
only complaint i have is the mount for it is a poor design.
i prefer garmin mounts as they are rectangular as opposed to the sh triangular mount that doesnt fit my old bezel on my pedestal.
as for the radio, i was able to flush mount it in my nav station and it looks awesome.

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I agree with getting a full power primary VHF and also like the Icom M504. You can get the commandmic for this unit, which works great from the cockpit. I find that with my commandmic, I actually listen to the VHF. For me, the speaker down below isn't loud enough to keep my attention. A hand held in the cockpit will serve the same purpose, but not as powerful.
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Very nice ... and as you said. Let the spending begin. Enjoy in good health for you and your family.

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Beautiful boat. That canvas is going to save you a lot of messing around with your teak!
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Montenido - Great boat! How many feet? Please keep us posted on your electronic search. I've been contemplating the Lowrance 527c chartplotter/sonar, but that Standard Horizon unit looks like a contender. I'm also a fan of the Standard vhs radios.

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Great looking boat, I like the hard dodger. Have fun!
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