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Old 05-31-2008
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Originally Posted by YachtRacerMan View Post
Sometimes its easy to get in over your head when it comes to buying marine electronics. Having all the bells and whistles can end up making installation and using the unit complicated too. It is best to do research so that you can get GPS, Radar or fishfinder that will best suit your need.

We would love to hear feed back about the electronics that have and haven't work for you. If you have any questions about what you need for your boat call us and we can set you up.
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You are high up there right?

You must know someone right?

Do you get email notification of these posts or do you have to log on and find the thread each and every time?

Yes I have been through the User CP area many, many times.

Sorry for the derail.

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Originally Posted by Rockter View Post
The instruments got a knee through the rather brittle display, ...
Funny you should mention that. Just last Sunday, our first sail of the season (finally!), I was hauling up the main when I all-of-a-sudden realized I'd had one of my knees on the depthsounder's display!

Raymarine must make 'em pretty tough, cuz it survived it.

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I have a Beneteau Oceanis 430. We have the Raymarine ST70 instruments, Autohelm 7000, Garmin GPS integrated with a Brookhouse NMEA 0183 Mux, to Maptech Chart Navigator Pro and I am adding a Belkin Cable USB hub to enable the PC to move into the cockpit fully connected. MY next purchase will be an AIS transponder and upgrade the Brookhouse to a ship modul. Is anyone else doing this?
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Verizon Mobile Broadband

Craig - what kind of 'stuff' do you use your card for? What kind of speed do you get. I'm hoping to work a few days from my boat on the hook, but am afraid to make the jump to the card and find it doesn't work.

I need to use a VPN connection governed at 1.5mb up/down and I use every bit of it. Any latency issues?


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What an interesting thread this could be without the digression.
Just so happens I am seriously contemplating an upgarde to an all-in-one unit. My little Sea Eagle fish finder malfunctioned on me and so I started looking at a more complicated replacement. In the end I just replaced the tranducer and cable because it was the badly deteriorated female plug that was the culprit. I bought some time so to speak. It was eyeballing those new units that got me going so now I am soliciting opinions on the multifunction units. I suppose the KISS principle still holds true but damn, those new units are tempting. My little SeaEagle is repaired, I have a Garmin GPS MAP76cs (w/bluecharts), Uniden 540 VHF with one wham remote but I also was able to get one of the last RayMarine ST4000 MKII+ wheel pilots in the supply chain a bit over a year ago. So the obvious unit that comes to mind is the RayMarine C70 with Seatalk network for my wheel pilot. It also has every other conceivable function available to option it out with and I would only have to deal with one control unit for everything. Yes I am a boy looking for toys, who isn't and a thread like this can provide valuable direction for toy aquisitions. Sure do like my first impression of the C70 (appears to be entry level multifunction) but will wait and see what other opinions are generated. It is a bit of a big display for the helm pod of a MacGregor though and there is a risk of me banging into it if conditions get rough, it would have to be mounted to rotate as well as the swing mount in the picture to move around it in the cockpit. What are some real opinions of these multifunction units?

Raymarine Marine Electronics - C-Series
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The only downside to the C-series is that they're single display only. Means you can't have one at the nav console and one up at the helm. It also becomes a single point of failure for the Radar, GPS, and Depth/Sonar.

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