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Join Date: Nov 2008
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Re: Electronic Issues
We just went through the same exercise with 14+ year old Standard Horizon instruments. The windspeed/direction transducer was failing and the displays suffering from "Black Screen Death" despite have been covered with a UV protectent covers save when in use. As Standard Horizon no longer makes instruments or services its "legacy" equipment we had to find a replacement.
My original intention was to use Furuno equipment because of the Company's reputation for servicing its equipment over the "long haul". After weighing the pros and cons of longevity vs. cost vs. repair and getting the opinions of our electronics technician we ended up going with B&G Triton instruments. A T-41 package of: two multi-function displays, wind speed/direction transducer, depth sounder/ knot meter-log-water temperature transducer; and, GPS-Compass receiver cost us about $1,500 through Defender. Because the depth sounder/speedo transducer housing thru-hull had to be changed, I scheduled the instrument work to coincide with our tri-annual haulout for bottom paint so there would not be a separate haul-out needed with its associated cost. My original plan was to do the wiring myself but as soon as my (much) better half got wind of the need to be going to the masthead, that put paid to the self-install plan. In the end I paid our technicians about $1,800 for the work of the installation which involved correcting quite a bit of wiring done by a prior "electrician" as well as fabrication of a replacement facing for our Nav-Pod instrument housing, which is no longer made so replacement parts aren't available, as the B&G instruments are quite different from the old Std. Horizon and there are only two vs. three.
The exercise was not inexpensive, unfortunately, but the difference between the earlier instruments and the B&G's is quite remarkable. And, the system is easily "expandable" when we decide to up-grade our chart-plotters--likely before our next trip to the Bahamas. All up, about $$3,300 (although we did get a $200 discount price from Defender).
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