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Old 07-25-2004, 02:54 PM
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Default Sweet Raymarine install on my buddies HS 202DC

I just finished a killer install on my buddies Hydra Sport 202DC. The space on the DC is limited and it only allows for one decent size piece of electronics. We had planed on Furuno but later changed and went with the Raymarine C80.

The vhf is an Icom M502A with a 8' Black Digital antenna. All the electronics an the GPS module were flush mounted.

The module was located on the port side console flushed into the top of the dash. It's out of the elements, gets a great signal and you almost wouldn't notice it if you were not looking for it.

I mounted a Raymarine Digital sounder module DMS250 (I think thats the #) in the drivers console and mated it up to a P79 with a Y cable and separate speed and temp.

The whole system ran about $3500 with all the misc odds and ends. Everything is run into a NMEA box and there are separate + & - black boxes that hold bluewater terminal bars. Everything is clean and tight.

I'll have pics soon of the install. The C80 JUST BARELY fit in the dash space provided. An extra 1/2" and we would have needed to get real creative with a Dremel tool

Comments on the system:

While I'm a Furuno owner, I was pretty impressed with the C series stuff. The time to cold start the GPS was about 10 seconds (fastest I've ever seen) The screen of the C80 has great resolution and with the Navonics Gold chart the higher scales 6,12 miles look more like photos than electronic charts. Not sure if it's the charts or the unit, but whatever it is, the screen looks AWESOME.

The unit is super low profile, there is only about 3/8" above the dask, very smooth lines. Access to the bilge on the 202DC was a little cramped for mounting the ducer, but we managed.

We also got rid of the factory battery boxes and mounted nice new solid hold downs that REALLY keep the batteies where they belong.

Total time on the instal was 2 days (plus waiting for the sealant on the P79 to dry) Overall it went smooth and there were not real hangups.

I was very impressed with the software on the C80. I did the inital setups and made some adjustments (time, speed etc) and found even without going over the owners manual. It was a straight forward and sort of Garmin like (I think Garmin has the most user friendly software I've seen)

I will update this review with how the system performs on the water and I'll add some pics when I get them.
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Old 07-25-2004, 03:59 PM
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Default RE: Sweet Raymarine install on my buddies HS 202DC

Make sure you download and install the 7/21 revision of C-series software. Just got posted on the Raymarine website; according to the posts on this forum its a huge improvement.

I'm curious, if console space is at such a premium, why did you choose the Icom 502? The 402 does anything you would ever want a VHF to do, or at least anything you could remember how to do, and its half the size.
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Old 07-25-2004, 05:21 PM
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Terry definately do the update the other guy mentions...you just need a spare MMC card and it takes all of 2 minutes. The performance of the navionics portion is astoundingly better after the update.

So far I've been thrilled with the C120. It's fast as you said, the only minor beef is what you read elsewhere...it takes a little getting used to and some of the seemingly simple tasks are buried.

If your friend wants the smart heading sensor cheap let me know, i have two...only used one.

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Old 07-25-2004, 06:53 PM
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Auburn,

The dash space has a location for the main unit (which is tight) then there is another smaller location lower on the console that seems to be ideal for the VHF. That area will take just about any VHF I know of. So we went with the 502A to give him DSC in & out capabilities. We mounted the mike high on the console since it has a speaker built in. Sounds great.
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