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Old 04-09-2003, 07:29 AM
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I have been looking for a new electronics package for a boat that I plan to purchase this fall. The boat is small. A 21ft cc w/ t-top. Most of my fishing is done in the chesapeake with a few offshore wreck trips mixed in.

The items that I have on my shortlist are as follows. Garmin 320c fish finder, Garmin 182c chart plotter, JRC 1500 radar, Icom M502 VHF.

I am reasonably ignorant of the pros and cons of interfacing the chartplotter and radar. What pros and cons are there to linking the two.

Secondly I have researched the radar and I believe that on a small craft the 2kw unit will serve my purpose. I am looking for fog and night nav aid and collision avoidance. The size price and weight of the 4kw units seem prohibitive on a small boat. How far out will the 2kw unit "see" bouys, small fiberglass boats and weather from a low mounting height (top of t-top)? I have not owned a radar before and am not familiar with thier capabilities.

I would appreciate any insight, good or bad, on the items that I am considering in this package.
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Old 04-09-2003, 10:37 AM
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chilli,

I think the Icom radio is a good choice, but the two Garmin units may have displays that are too small. If you have the space (and budget) consider getting two larger, interfaced displays that will let you see any combo of ff/radar, ff/plotter, or plotter/radar in full screen.

I have 7" displays and in split screen mode it was hard to see both radar and plotter info, so I added a second display. If budget does not allow, you could go with a single display, and use split screen mode. The resulting image would be about the same size as on the Garmins. When budget allows you could then add a second display.

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John
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