Originally Posted by Pamlicotraveler
I have bought a new HD Radar, an e7 Raymarine chartplotter, and AIS VHF (standard horizon gx2150) and an i70. I want to have all of that installed and I am relatively competent but need some help from someone with Raymarine knowledge greater than mine .. ie SeatalkNG (NMEA 2000) and HS for the radar etc...
The two quotes that I have gotten are for several days of $75-$95 an hour of labor. Maybe I am wrong, but I don't think it is so complicated. I could do it myself - I have done most of the work to date with the Raymarine equipment so far, but it might involve a substantial learning curve. Also, these boatyard's say they work "10 hour days," but don't want the customer around to help - I'm sure it's distracting to have the customer onsite, but I have my doubts about those 10 hour days! The estimates so far add up to around $5,000+ in labor. I know the cost for radar cable, Seatalk NG backbone etc.
I am in North Carolina. Can anyone offer some suggestions for a way to accomplish my installation and not spend a bunch of money doing it? PM me with specific names etc. If anyone with a good resume wants to spend a night or two in NC and help knock this out, let me know.
wow. correct me if I am wrong, but at 75/hr roughly 5000 doll hairs is over a weeks worth of work for this install. though if it does take two employes, well double the hrs, but if the stick is on the ground normally you dont need a second person. Its does depend on what is involved regarding fab work.. problems encountered.. set up, break down, matierial costs, but really what you are describing it sounds, is a basic install. no major interfacing, multiplexers.. autopilots.. sure there will be a little set up, but nothing like a seatrial for a new AP install or deciphering what already installed components talk with what. .. I dont know what other gear you have on the boat and how orderly of a rats nest it is behing there in regards to wiring it.
Hell, If I wasnt all the way up here, Id moonlight the job, ask say $5-800. and be done in a weekend that is if its a straight forward install. but its a boat, and you well know.. things dont go as planned lol
yep. most production yards work monday-thursday 6-430. some service depts work fridays till 330 or noon (if they work 7-4 m-th). as far as the do it yourself yard.. insurance is one of the reasons
all in all pluck away at it on your own. mount componets, and run the wires like the easy stuff and then if you are unsure, have a yard do the final hook up, interfacing and setup. but really, its the mounting and cable running details that are the hour eaters. what ever you do. do it right. make it neat and write a plan of how you have hooked it together so if another yard comes onboard for future stuff, they will already know what components get their data what where and how.. .. good luck