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Old 12-30-2003, 01:13 PM
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Wahls2 asked about the FF50 so how about the 1800CP? Does anyone have any hands on experience with this radar/chartplotter and if so what did you think?

The unit has been out for about 3 years now so hopefully someone has seen one in action.
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Old 12-30-2003, 01:50 PM
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I have the jrc 1800 plotter/radar unit. Unit works well but I really wish I didn't cheap out in the beginning when outfitting my boat. The unit is easy to use and the screen is pretty easy to see in the sunlight, but I have to remove my sunglasses to see it. My mounting needs to be adjusted for the radar beam as when on a slow plane I loose a lot of what is front of me...and that's not good. This offseason hopefully the AP-11 autopilot wull be installed and everything will be interfaced. I'd get the unit again if it was for rare use or inshore use. For primary unit on an offshore boat I screwed up. Should have purchased better units.

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Old 12-30-2003, 01:51 PM
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got it 2 summers now and love it
when 1st installed it kept shutting down on me i went crazy trying to figure out what was wrong straight line to power i had it all.
Finnaly i sent it to jrc in seatle they were very nice and shipped it right back fixed it seams they had to reload some info in it
other then that it workes great ever since.
One thing though when in plotter and radar mode it sometimes losses the center of the map where vessle is and you have to recenter it
great unit overall love it
got it from brokenlegdave.com outta callifornia they were the cheapest with mount for radar and chip for map came to like 2800
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Old 12-30-2003, 02:14 PM
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Thanks for the info guys.

SeaNile, if you had it to do over again what would you go with instead of the 1800CP if you were to stay with a 2kW?

I'm also considering the Ray or Furuno. I don't have the range or size to get to the Tuna grounds comfortably so bird watching will have to be done on friends boats.

I'm trying to stay within budget so I can get an AP at the same time. I do fish up to 50 miles but the Tuna VERY rarely come inside the 60-70 mile range here, although it does happen now and then.

I want dual 7" displays and don't really care if I can share displays from one unit to the other. If I don't go with the JRC 1800CP & FF50 I will probably spring for the Furuno 1722C & 582 as it will run about 1K more than the JRC. The Ray package would run be about 2K more than the JRC.

No need to start a price argument here because I've priced them in every combination possible and I'm very aware of what each package cost regardless of how you put it together.
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Old 12-30-2003, 02:54 PM
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Well first thing is first, budget. Guess I was a little harsh on the unit. I can tell you this, I caught more fish last year than ever all because this unit and having a plotter. I'd zoom in to a certain scale and be able to troll over the temp break all day long. The radar works well but I know on my boat it needs an attitude adjustment. When I'm heading out at 4am in the pitch black at 5knts the unit works awesome. Plus, split the screen and you really can see it all. For the money and the 2kw rule this unit may be the best out there.

Sorry for being a little misleading in my previous post. Must have been my own frustration coming through because I'm already drooling over some of the other units out there. Ah, all in due time.

I'd recommend the unit in a flash considering your requirements.

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Old 12-30-2003, 05:41 PM
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I run the 1800 on one of my boats, and think it is a good unit. There is a doughnut around the boat when the radar is on, but I am told the setup needs a little tweeking on my part.

Also run the 582 on the same boat, which was suggested to me here on this forum, and think it is great. Never looked at the ff50, but it has gotten good comments on this forum.

These units are in a pilothouse boat, so sunlight has not been an issue.

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Old 12-31-2003, 02:11 AM
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SeaNile, first let me say I never seen a radar screen, but as I had the time to read much a half year ago, I read a couple of times that people set the rader dome?? a couple of degrees(3 to 5) forward down to see infront of the boat with bow up.
Maybe someone else knows what I'm talking about.

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Old 12-31-2003, 08:00 AM
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You got it. Bought a mount that for the radar that will tilt the forward part of the radar dome down a few degrees. That'll take care of the missing horizon issue when I'm up on plane. Just need to get that project done this winter.

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I Have the 1800 and I am now in the process of getting a full credit for the machine and going with Raymarine for a fair bit more money. I persoanlyy hate the machine. I love the Radar portion but he plotter makes me want to throw it overboard. The joystick and setting waypoints leave a lot to be desired (by me anyway). In the beginning I also had the same problem with the machine just cutting off when it got to warm, and that was just in July, so appherently they are not to quick at taking care of problems. Well they replaced the head unit for me with a new one no problem at all, except for one thing, ......the new head unit does the exact same thing. Just my opinion.
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