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Installing GPS/Sounder

Old 04-21-2004, 09:56 PM
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Default Installing GPS/Sounder

My boat is being built right now and am waiting for the release of the Garmin 178C.
Here's the deal, first time boat owner and am considering going with the
Garmin 2006C/GSD-20 Chartplotter/Sounder instead of waiting for the 178C.
I know apples and oranges. How easy or difficult is it to install these units.
Triton (the boat is a center console 220 LTS) is installing the tranducer for
me during production. I bought a transducer that works on the 178C or 2006C,
so that part will be done. Other than wiring the unit and installing the antenna
how hard could it be?
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Old 04-21-2004, 11:23 PM
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Default RE: Installing GPS/Sounder

Super easy. Bring 12v power to the unit, plug the transducer and antenna in and turn it on. The transducer is the hardest part.
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Old 04-22-2004, 08:39 AM
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I installed the 2006C and GSD-20 in my boat a couple of months ago. The 2006C comes with a group of those tiny NMEA wires that were a PITA to splice together. After installing the system, I ran across a thread which dealt with that issue. The best idea was to get some terminal blocks like those used by the phone company to make the connections. I also connected the Smartcraft system and the VHF. I opted for the Bluecharts and data chip. I loaded every map along the East Coast from Miami to Norfolk along with the East Coast Bathy and Metro Guide and did not even come close to using up 1/3 of my 124MB card. All in all fairly easy to install. I'd reccommend getting the AC cord with the PC interface so you can get start getting loading and getting familiar with the unit at home.
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