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NEED HELP on GPS, VHF and Stereo

Old 03-28-2007, 12:23 AM
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Default NEED HELP on GPS, VHF and Stereo

I have ordered a new 24cc boat and need to pick out the electorincs by Friday. Currently, I am leaning toward the Garmin 2010 GPS @ $1100 ( I would like to stay in this price range). The dealer has some left over and it looks like a great price. The VHF I'm looking at is the Icom 504 VHF. I'm not sure about this VHF and what a good price would be. Finally, I have no IDEA what kind of stereo to purchase.

Please HELP me decide on:

Old 03-28-2007, 07:58 AM
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The 2010C has been obsolete for many years, yeah it will work but if you ever want any of the new options coming out you wont be able to use them. The ICOM vhf unit is a good one, make sure they use a good antenna like the Digital 529 or the Shakespeare Galaxy series antenna. A good stereo is a Clarion CMD4A, CMD5, Aquatic AV cd-1 should get you started.
Old 03-28-2007, 10:06 AM
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Do you need a 10" screen? Since you're buying a 24 CC, I assume you want a fish-finder too. I'd consider the Garmin 498C combo unit, since there are some good deals around $600 right now - get this GPS and fish-finder combo and the G2 Blue Charts are already loaded for coastal waters. The ICOM VHF is a good choice, as are the West Marine VHF 500 or 600 models. I like the Clarion 455 stereo, also most models from Kenwood, Sony, or Pioneer. Do get yourself a good set of speakers to go with whatever you decide - cheap speakers can ruin a good stereo system. Consider a rstereo that has the Sirius feature already built in - you can add an antenna for about $60 and get reception anywhere. FM reception is terrible where I live.
Old 03-28-2007, 10:19 AM
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All comes down to budget. I'll share you what I spent for my boat and spent around $2k for everything- chart/ff, w/10.4 screen, transducer w/black box, stereo, 4 speakers (infinity), vhf and digital antenna.

Shoot me a IM and I'll tell you what and where I purchased everything (basically 2 different internet vendors-THT vendors give great prices to Captin Club members by the way). Rather then clog the thread.

You might chose your electronics based on how and where you will be mounting them (flush mount, electronics box, or on the helm via a bracket. Do yourself a favor, buy the stuff you want and fits your needs, not what others want you to buy.

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