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Nice, and ditto the canvas saving you hours on the teak comment. I'm sending my friend a copy of your photo, his C30 is ate up on the teak and the solution your PO made is a good one.
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Can install a cheap VHS with a Metz antennae on the rail until you have a chance to put an antennae on the masthead for better reception. But the handhelds are limited in range.

The boat looks great. First thing is to sail and then decide what else you might need.

As far as Chartplotters - beware of Garmins pricing strategy these days. Buy a pre-loaded Colorado or 478 unless you are ready to go ahead and install a big unit and then I think Raymarine is better. They don't have a handheld.
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Great choice Monty! I love Cat 30's, might be our next boat someday. Good luck and post more pictures when you get a chance.
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I too like the hand held, waterproof, floating VHF. I keep one in its .little holder buy the wheel. I have regular VHF at the nav station.
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Budget, Features

Hello,

What is your budget for VHF and Chartplotter? What features do you require and want?

You can spend as little as $400, and can also easily spend $2000.

For VHF, on the low end, there are lots and lots of decent 25watt fixed mount basic VHF units for under $100. They are all pretty much the same. If you spend a little more, like $150, you get DSC (do a little research if you don't know what it is). Spend $200 or so and you get a bigger screen and maybe color. I don't know how useful that is, but it is available.

Note that my price estimates are for the base unit only, no antenna or remote mic.

Last year I spend $150 for a Standard Horizon GX1500S, a basic VHF with DSC. I like it because when connected to a GPS it provides dual channel DSC (like most do) and the display will show speed, course, lat / long, etc. I spend another $100 for the remote mic, and it was the best $100 I have spent.

On the chartplotter side, for under $400 you can get a small Lowrance or Humminbird unit with color display and decent charts, some even include a SONAR as well.

For $500 or so you get a bigger screen.

Garmin makes great stuff, but it gets pricey. Same with Raymarine.

Since you are in the market for both VHF and GPS you may want to consider a combo unit like the Standard CPV350 GPS Chartplotter w/ VHF.

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Congratulations, Looks good, but do me a favor and take the fenders off the lifelines and onto the base of the stanchions Please. (yeah, I'm not overly retentive)
As tempting as the great new chartplotters are they are usually overkill for what we need here. If you've got some kind of handheld that will point you at Two Harbors it'll work fine, I'm using an old GPS III and a lot of people opt for the 76's around here. Base station coverage by the CG and vessel assist in our area is strong enough and overlapping that a 6 ft. railmount ant. has worked well for many if you don't have a masttop.
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Welcome and congrats on your new boat! Its nice to see someone else take the plunge right when the economy is going down the drain. I bought my first boat right after the bursting of the .com bubble! I have enjoyed it immensely!
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Congrats on your new boat. I'm also shopping for a boat, we have found one we like and hopefully will finalize next week.

I'm also in the Southern California area, the boat we are looking at is in San Pedro and I'm on the list for a slip in Long Beach. Where is your boat going to be slipped at?

Yes, a whole new adventure coming up.


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Thanks for the great info

Hi, all. Great suggestions from everybody. I currently have handheld models of GPS and VHF radio. The cockpit radio is dead, so that needs replacing for sure. As for all the canvas, I know it is a good thing, but I need to clean it up. I will send some better pics once I have gotten to shine her up a bit. She will be docked in Channel Islands Harbor, and Sailhog, if our boats were separated at birth, yours got better owners/parents. Very pretty. As someone suggested, I will just start sailing her around and see what I need as far as add-ons. The only pressing item is the bottom paint and running rigging. Thanks for all the kind words.

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