Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Plymouth MA
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Navman the good the bad the ugly
I too bought navman to replace my DMI instruments on the recommendation of a friend who swore by the stuff, now he swares at the stuff.
installed mine in 2005, worked great for a while, then part of the digits started to dissappear, by end of 2006 all were out except for the repeater at the nav station below; which tells me that moisture is the problem, as the repeater was still getting the correct info.
called navman, and they sent, at no charge, 3 new displays (wind, speed, depth)- supposedly they had moisture issues (odd issue to have for the marine environment, but anyway....)
I thought I was all set for 2007, which I was for a while, until the speed display started to disappear, again.
by 2008, all are blank, though on a rare occassion they come around. Again, the repeater is getting all the info inside where it is dry.
I have left the lights on hoping to dry it out, keep the dodger up so they are out of weather, leave the covers off to 'breath', but now, the speed doesn't even 'beep' when the buttons are pushed.
Practical Sailor just had a letter to the editor with some contact info in the reply; I will start there and hope for the best. Maybe the first set I pulled out are dry by now, it has been 2 years!!! Though no water/moisture was ever found in/around the instruments.
And I really liked the way they looked, even installed the navbus to communicate w/ the repeater and my Garmin GPS at the helm, which they still try and talk to each other. Too bad,