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Old 02-23-2015, 06:44 AM
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Hello All,
I am a newbie, so please be kind. I've been out of boating for 20 years and how things have changed! I am now a Florida SE resident and buying a 23' CC. What would your recommendation be for outfitting it with electronics?
Thanks in advance!
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There will be important factors to know in order to help.

1. What depths are you fishing?
2. What type of spacing do you have on your console? What size screen are you looking for?
3. Are you looking for just GPS/Depthfinder combo? Radar? VHF? autopilot? ect...
4. What type of transducer? Thru hull? transom mount?
5. Budget? You can go from $500 to $20K quick

These are just a few things to know in order to help you out.
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Originally Posted by South Tackle View Post
5. Budget? You can go from $500 to $20K quick
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VERY WELL put lol... boy do I ever agree with this
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What boat?
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As a minimum, allocate 10%* of your boat's purchase price to your suite of electronic components. Once you have that budgetary figure in mind, purchase top-of-the-line com gear, including a VHF radio (ICOM or Standard Horizon), an antenna and a satellite based emergency beacon (PLB/EPIRB). Spend whatever's left of your money on the largest MFD (with an internal GPS) that you can fit into your console. The brand hardly matters ... whatever you like and fits your price point. Take into account the added cost of peripheral MFD components such as sounder modules, transducer(s), radar, and a NMEA2000 network.

* New boat only. If you're buying a used boat, figure up to 25%.
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Originally Posted by Pez Vela View Post
As a minimum, allocate 10%* of your boat's purchase price to your suite of electronic components. Once you have that budgetary figure in mind, purchase top-of-the-line com gear, including a VHF radio (ICOM or Standard Horizon), an antenna and a satellite based emergency beacon (PLB/EPIRB). Spend whatever's left of your money on the largest MFD (with an internal GPS) that you can fit into your console. The brand hardly matters ... whatever you like and fits your price point. Take into account the added cost of peripheral MFD components such as sounder modules, transducer(s), radar, and a NMEA2000 network.

* New boat only. If you're buying a used boat, figure up to 25%.
The amount he needs to spend really depends on what the boat will be used for and what all the guy wants...
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Originally Posted by scfisherman843 View Post
The amount he needs to spend really depends on what the boat will be used for and what all the guy wants...
No argument there. He asked ... I answered. Worked with what I had. Certain assumptions were made. I ruled out the farm pond scenario. Could be wrong. ;?
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Likely buy a Cobia 237cc. The panel has adequate room for a 12" screen. Looking for recommendations for GPS, depth finder and VHS RADIO. Thru the hull transducer. Fish depths to 120'
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Go to a boat show have a look at Simrad NSS12 Evo2, Garmin 7612xsv and Lowrance HDS-12 Gen3, select the one with the user interface you prefer. They are all very good.

B175H-W is the best transducer, but B150M will also do a very good job.

Go for a VHF with NMEA 2000 interface, this makes the connection to the MFD much easier and more reliable. I have Simrad RS35 VHF with integrated AIS receiver which I find very good. Lowrance Link-8 is the same VHF without the option for wireless handset. Garmin and Icom also have good VHF's with NMEA 2000, but I'm not that familiar with the different models since I've been using Simrad and Standard Horizon (which don't have NMEA 2000).
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Vhf go Icom M506
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I am a proponent of multiple screens, and would rather have two 8" screens than one 12". that way you have some redundancy, but more important, you can run your ff on one and gps charting on the other, or engine functions or whatever else. While you can run split screens, up to four views per screen, the detail starts to get lost, especially if you are using a smaller screen. Get NMEA 2000 network compatible equipment, including your VHF. I use a Lowrance Link 8.

Second the recommendation on PLB, Eprib, good VHF radio hooked up with DSC to your gps. there are decent deals on not the latest stuff. You dont need touch screen, but its nice to have. Get a good transducer for your ff. Downvision and Side scan are useful if you're a fisherman. After that you can worry about tunes.
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Originally Posted by HalE View Post
Likely buy a Cobia 237cc. The panel has adequate room for a 12" screen. Looking for recommendations for GPS, depth finder and VHS RADIO. Thru the hull transducer. Fish depths to 120'
I've got a Cobia 237 and this is the package I installed when my new boat was delivered:
Two Lowrance HDS 10's (Gen 2) on console (12" not available when I bought mine)
Airmar B-60 transducer
Structure Scan with LSS-2 Transducer
Lowrance 4G radar
Standard Hoizon GX1700 VHF radio (in overhead ebox)
Sony Stereo (in overhead box)

Recent addition - Simrad AP24 autopilot
Yamaha command link plus data gateway for displaying engine data on HDS units.

I fish in depths up to 180'. Very happy with performance of the above equipment and the ability to mix and match the displays to show the information I desire at the time. There may be room for 2 12" lowrance screens as I believe the actual case size isn't much larger.
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Cobia 237 CC. Fishing to 200'
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Thanks all. I need to digest all this and do some homework. The Cobia sounds like a good boat.cant wait!

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