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Old 10-05-2008, 04:55 PM
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I just picked up a new Mako 212 CC and would like to purchase a GPS and Fishfinder. I do not know where to begin. I would use it more in the bay area of the south shore of Long Island. I may go out into the ocean but not too far. I will also use it on the north shore in Long Island Sound.

Can I get a decent unit for under $400? If not what is the least expensive unit I can get that is decent? Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 10-05-2008, 07:01 PM
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Look at Lowrance and Garmin units. Those are your solid entry level units...

(Not that those manufacturers don't make more expensive units also)
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Old 10-06-2008, 08:53 AM
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I read some opinions that we will seen some price cuts this winter. Higher end units may come down to your price range.
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Old 10-06-2008, 02:10 PM
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I can offer you reviews of plotter fishfinder units posted at my marine electronics website. The direct link to the combo main page is:
http://www.marine-electronics-review...arine-gps.html
There are 13 reviews posted now and I plan to post another 4 within a week or so.
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Old 10-06-2008, 04:24 PM
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1) Get the cheapest Garmin handheld that will do what you want. Make SURE it's WAAS capable or you will be buying an outdated unit. You may get by for about $150.

2) Buy the BEST fishfinder you can with what little money is left. Likely about $250 for the cheaper Hummingbird or maybe a used Furuno
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Old 10-07-2008, 06:55 AM
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If you can wait for a month or two you may find some good deals Dec, Jan, Feb. To get something you will be happier with
I think you will need to plan on a budget around $850 for gps, ff, antenna and nav card. If you can install it yourself you
can save that cost. IMHO this would be more suitable for a 21' boat. Jim@BOE may have some deals soon and I would
watch his site.



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Jenkinsph - Thanks I will wait a couple of months and will keep an eye out on Jim@BOE. How is the Garmin 400c?
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Old 10-07-2008, 04:36 PM
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Ive got a Furuno FCV600 fish finder I could make you a deal on.. Its a pretty good fish finder.. I just got all new electronics for my boat.. PM me if you are interested. If you are looking for an all in one, I use a Gamin 498C on my other boat which is pretty good unit..
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Old 10-08-2008, 07:20 AM
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KidFish, The Garmin products are very good but I can't comment as I don't own one. I am using the Lowrance LCX 25C
and the LCX26CHD with built in mapping. The 26 with mapping built in is what I use for my gps and the 25 is for the sonar.
Both of these are combo units so they can provide backup if equipment fails. I have had these units for over three years
with no problems so far. The newer models are the LCX 27C and the 28CHD a little brighter and 30G harddrive in the 28.

There are lots of good units available and you need to recognize that you will most likely add on to the electronics in your
console. That said I would look at pictures of installs and placement of the components and try to install them in such a
way that you can add on later. If you mount in the center line of the dash and later want to have two units then you
will have a hole to fill when you reposition. Just a thought.


As mentioned above you may find some good used stuff too.



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Old 10-08-2008, 06:28 PM
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Jenkinsph - Thanks for the info. Is there a web site with pictures of these units installed in the console of other boats.
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Old 10-08-2008, 09:43 PM
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KidFish, You can do some research on boating projects on the various forums to see what others have done.

But I looked up a picture of your console at Mako and it appears to have a large rectangular guage cluster over the
wheel. While I prefer two separate screens if you have the room for it in your case I lean towards one large display.
I would see if a single 10" display would fit on the console above the binnacle control. I would lean towards a combo
unit with split screen sonar and gps and the capability to add other functions. This may cost more than you want to
spend right now but I am stressing that you plan for the placement of the larger display cut outs even as a later
purchase and install the smaller display within its footprint.

If you have a t top with electronics box you can mount the vhf and stereo there, if not you can use a remote stereo
control that is small enough to fit in the console. You can also get a vhf with a remote mic and save some space.

Just throwing some ideas out there for you and wanting to stress to think ahead about what types of equipment you
may want to consider over the next couple of years and how these will fit in the confines of the console. If funds
are tight I would go for an inexpensive fishfinder at least you can get depth readings to keep you off the bottom.

Do you have a t top or bimini?



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Old 10-09-2008, 01:51 PM
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Jenkinsph - I do have a T-Top but no box. All your points are very good. I will have to really look into what I need now and in the future. Thanks
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