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Old 10-05-2014, 03:20 PM
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Folks,

My new Gamefish 25 should be in soon.

I am pretty settled on 2 HDS Gen II units and 2 VHF's (still undecided on these units).

My question is would you have the dealer install or a local electronics guy. I am buying the boat about 3 hours from where my marina is and we are fortunate to have some really talented local guys in the same city as where I am planning to keep my boat.

My last boat I went with a local guy but the boat and the electronics were a whole lot less expensive.

Any thoughts would be much appreciated.

Thanks

Mike
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Lots of variables there...is the dealer known for quality electronics installations and do they have experience with the equipment you want? They would already be familiar with boat and electrical system. If not, it would be nice to have a local electronics shop sell and install all electronics as long as the price is inline. If you had a problem, I'm sure they would stand behind it. Another option if you are handy is to install yourself. Its not too hard. Oh...btw... go with Standard Horizon VHF's...top notch. GX1700 or GX2200...depending on feature needs.
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Originally Posted by astm216 View Post
Folks,

My new Gamefish 25 should be in soon.

I am pretty settled on 2 HDS Gen II units and 2 VHF's (still undecided on these units).

My question is would you have the dealer install or a local electronics guy. I am buying the boat about 3 hours from where my marina is and we are fortunate to have some really talented local guys in the same city as where I am planning to keep my boat.

My last boat I went with a local guy but the boat and the electronics were a whole lot less expensive.

Any thoughts would be much appreciated.

Thanks

Mike
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Old 10-06-2014, 08:30 AM
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I would go with the talented local guy. We see lots of installs done by dealers. While some are marginally OK, many are terrible. It is often the same guy bottom painting your boat that does the install. It is good business for us to properly integrate everything though!
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Originally Posted by CaptPuddie View Post
Another option if you are handy is to install yourself. Its not too hard.
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That is my preference.

There is always detailed information and support provided by the manufacturer defining a proper installation.

When I do work on my boat I always exceed the ABYC requirements and satisfy all the manufacturer's instructions.
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Definitely the local electronics guy, for no other reason than service after the installation. You won't be hauling your boat 3 hours back to the dealer if you need service on the electronics, so you'll be calling the local guy anyway. You should get better service if he did the install.
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I would stick to the local guy if possible. I am lucky to have a dealer near me that has guys that do nothing but electronics installs and does them right!!. I have had other dealers, recommended by Lowrance that have done a terrible job. Good electronic guys are hard to come by. Good Luck !!!
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The nice thing about doing it yourself is if you run into an issue offshore you know exactly where to begin troubleshooting. Like others said it is pretty much plug and play. With some minor setup as for as settings going. I did my own and it was fun and I have a great working knowledge of how it all ties together.
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Originally Posted by Edgewater220IS View Post
The nice thing about doing it yourself is if you run into an issue offshore you know exactly where to begin troubleshooting. Like others said it is pretty much plug and play. With some minor setup as for as settings going. I did my own and it was fun and I have a great working knowledge of how it all ties together.

Great points and that is for sure an option for some. We have no problem helping others even if they did not purchase from us. Some people don't want the hassle of the learning curve and cost of expendable supplies for a one time install. They just want to turn the key and go. Either way we are here for you.
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Originally Posted by CaptPuddie View Post
Another option if you are handy is to install yourself. Its not too hard.
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+1

That is my preference.

There is always detailed information and support provided by the manufacturer defining a proper installation.

When I do work on my boat I always exceed the ABYC requirements and satisfy all the manufacturer's instructions.
Originally Posted by Edgewater220IS View Post
The nice thing about doing it yourself is if you run into an issue offshore you know exactly where to begin troubleshooting. Like others said it is pretty much plug and play. With some minor setup as for as settings going. I did my own and it was fun and I have a great working knowledge of how it all ties together.
There are several steps I follow whenever updating the wiring on my boat.

When I add or change systems on my boat I create or update the wiring diagram. These new and updated documents have been invaluable w/ proper maintenance of the boat. Here is an example of a wiring diagram that I have created. My experience is that creating the wiring diagram prior to starting the installation helps w/ the design, the planning then the implementation. The wiring diagram then helps w/ the long-term maintenance, for possible troubleshooting, or for future upgrades.

Another critically important step is conductor and cable identification. ABYC requires that conductors are labeled to identify their functions. One method is using color codes. On my projects I use a Brady IDXPERT label machine w/ heat-shrink label stock and w/ self-laminating label stock to identify both ends of every conductor and cable. Here is an example of this labeling.


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Great points and that is for sure an option for some. We have no problem helping others even if they did not purchase from us. Some people don't want the hassle of the learning curve and cost of expendable supplies for a one time install. They just want to turn the key and go. Either way we are here for you.
There is no hesitation w/ my recommending Mike for any or all of this work.
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One more vote for local.... When you need a problem to be fixed, you want it to be done as fast and with as little hassle as possible.
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Thanks guys for all the opinions.

I am going with the local guy.

I was up in Maryland visiting customers and decided to visit Brian at BOE Marine.

To say they hooked me up would be a huge understatement.

Order Lowrance Gen II 9 inch touches, sonar hub and 1700 VHF. Plus all the cables, antennas, etc...

Thanks to you all and Brian at BOE. Pictures coming after install.

Mike

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