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Re: Christmas GPS $600.00 Budget

echoMAP 50s GPS. With the Off shore G2 Chart
And A thru-hull Transducer?


The guy at west marine said my st50 transducer I have now "would not work". They want $179.00 for the bronze transducer they sell.
What a shame. I just want a good 5" unit that I can see the bottom and nav-aids It would be nice if it couse use the data from the 5 transducers I have already mounted for the Autohelm stuff.
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Re: Christmas GPS $600.00 Budget

ltg, I and others have had good success with simply hull-potting the transom mount transducer that many chartplotter-sounder combos include. If the hull isn't cored, it will work fine shooting through the hull. Another plus for the lowrance elite gold series- everything you need is included- just plug and play. no chips or transducers to buy.
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I like the Lowrance Elite series plotters if one is looking for a standalone plotter or plotter/depth combo- great value for the money, especially pre-loaded with navionics charts- it saves a substantial amount of cash.
Lowrance Elite-5m HD Gold Chartplotter

I know, it is only NMEA 0183, but if you are looking for a capable standalone, not trying to link it to the rest of your electronics suite, it is more than enough.
I have had one aboard for 5 seasons, and have zero complaints.
Well since the origial budget is 600, this looks good:

Lowrance Elite-7M Gold $584 with free shipping

Lowrance Elite-7m Chartplotter Gold

It is NMEA2000 and 7 inch. I am not familiar with Digital Oasis but they have a 9.8 out of 10 on Resellers ratings with a 112 reviews.
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That is a great price.
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Looks like a great unit Paul,
I just want to be able to use my Autohelm ST4000 with the unit I buy. I want to be able to plott a course on the GPS and have the Autohelm follow it while I sleep?

thing the elete GPS will connect up?
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If the Autohelm ST4000 is Nema 2000 it should, but I am not sure. It can get complicated getting the different standards talking and can sometimes work, sometimes not.
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I found this researching the web for answers.


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Connect your Navman NMEA Out (+) to the Autohelm NMEA In (+). Connect the NMEA Out (-) on the GPS to the electrical (-) of the autopilot, (NOT the NMEA (-)). Configure your GPS to talk NMEA 183. Set a course on your GPS, Sail that course. Hit (Track) on the Autopilot. Watch out for other boats. Good luck Steve Alchemist #909 p.s. The Raynav ST-4000 manual tells you all of this. You may need to cousult the Navman manual for the colors of the wires. It will be fun finding the right size terminals to connect the
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Is this corect information?

Is there differnent versions of 0183? like veirsions 3 and V3.01?
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How old is your 4000? if it is more than 4 years old, it will be NMEA 0183. Check your Autohelm manual to be sure.
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NMEA0183 stuff is usually pretty easy to get to talk to other NMEA0183 stuff, most of the time just wire it up and you're off, default speeds are normally 4800 for everything aside from AIS which runs at 38400. I haven't played with NMEA2000 stuff but I think it's similarly straightforward.
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