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Old 01-13-2009, 07:36 PM
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Just bought my first bay boat. 22 foot. I need to get a depth finder/maybe GPS combo.

Nothing too expensive. Any ideas on where to start?
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Old 01-14-2009, 08:49 AM
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It depends on your budget. If you don't have a radio, get that first, preferably a fixed mount with a long antenna and DSC. Any radio made after 1999 will do. A GPS is good to have anytime you're going to use the boat in the predawn or after dusk and on unfamiliar water. Somehow in the last ten years its become immoral, illegal, or just plain fattening to catch fish without a fish finder. so I would suggest you get a combo unit, that can be unplugged and locked up out of sight. For the low end, look at Humminbird, then Lowrance, then Garmin. For my money, you can stop there!
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Old 01-14-2009, 03:28 PM
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Thanks for the info. I have an Icom handheld that should do for now. Will probably get a low-end gps/fishfinder combo.
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Old 01-14-2009, 06:39 PM
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Check out the new Raymarine A series units. They should do the job very well. There will be a very nice feature added as a bonus at the shows.
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Old 01-15-2009, 09:17 AM
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Radios are more for safety than for talking. Handheld VHFs (except for a rare few) don't do DSC, and are limited to less than five miles range. A handheld VHF is a nice to have SECOND radio.

Explaination: I'm a retired Search and Rescue Helicopter pilot. Its heart breaking to talk to someone's fading handheld radio when you can't find them. Marine VHF frequencies were not programmable in aviation direction finders. DSC is a MAJOR enhancement. Suppose you slipped in fish blood and hit your head. The kid with you has been told to just pick up the mike and push the red button. Since the radio is connected (two little wires!) to your GPS, several things happen. Your DSC equipped 25 watt, $100 radio switches to channel 70, transmits a digitized squirt of data that can be deciphered even in terrible static to the Coast Guard and other DSC equipped vessels, telling them who you are, where you are (really) and then listens for an answer. The coast guard can talk to the kid and find out whats going on without trying to get him to tell them your location, which he won't know and will be to shaken up to figure out.
If you are lucky, some Class A DSC equipped vessel within range can retransmit your data for another 50 miles, and do it immediately. So, as Vince at ShamWOW would say, I don't know, it sells itself!

Oh yeah: DSC does a bunch more neat stuff, and it can work with almost any GPS.
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Old 01-25-2009, 03:05 PM
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Nice lobster boat. Who built?
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Old 01-25-2009, 08:19 PM
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UTVOL - 1/13/2009 10:36 PM

Just bought my first bay boat. 22 foot. I need to get a depth finder/maybe GPS combo.

Nothing too expensive. Any ideas on where to start?
I'm going through the same decision right now.

I've about decided to go with a Garmin 545s, although the new Lowrance HDS series in the smaller sizes intrigues me. I'll also be installing a mounted VHF to go along with my handheld. I'm also thinking a Sony Xplod series AM/FM/CD with Ipod capability is in the plan.
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:55 AM
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What's DSC?
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Old 02-05-2009, 11:38 AM
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Digital Selective Calling

http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/MARCOMMS/gmdss/dsc.htm
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Check out Jim at BOE, He is on the Forum and easy to work with.

http://www.boemarine.com/
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If you are going to start with a portable, then make sure you get one that displays your position on the screen.

Sandyda, is the Coast Guard expanding the number of DSC stations? Seems like very few have the capability to recieve the signal or am I wrong? Thanks.
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