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Old 11-18-2016, 11:45 PM
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Well, My wife and I decided it was time to completely upgrade the boats electronics. We own an 08' Everglades 290 cc.

We are pulling out the 2007 Raymarine E120's, ST6000 AP, 4Kw Radome, GPS, transducer etc..and need a reputable marine electronics installer that does solid, clean and well planned quality work to install our new gear.

Below is the list of equipment we've purchased which is ready for installation!


Electronics Upgrade Project Gear

- [x] 1 x Lowrance HDS-12 Gen 3
Product # 000-11796-001

- [x] 1 x Lowrance HDS-12 Gen 3
Product # 000-12916-001

-[x] 1 x Lowrance 3D Structure Scan Computer
Product # 000-12395-001

-[x] 1 x Lowrance 83/200 Transducer (Will not be used as Airmar's below are upgraded solutions)
Product # 106-72

- [x] 1 x Airmar B175C-20-HW ( thru-hull) [Changed from B175C-20-H to B175C-20-HW]

- [x] 1 x Airmar B175C-20-L (thru-hull)

- [x] 1 x Lowrance Structure Scan HD Skimmer Transducer
Product # 000-10802-001

- [x] 1 x Point-1 GPS Receiver
Product # 000-11047-001

- [x] 1 x Simrad DrivePilot Hydraulic Steer Pack
Includes:
* NAC-1 Autopilot Computer
* PUMP-1 Hydraulic Pump
* RC42 Heading Sensor
* Auto/Standby Button
* Hydraulic Pump Fitting Kit
* NMEA 2000® Networking Kit
Product # 000-11750-001

- [x] 1 x Lowrance 4G Broadband Radar
Product # 000-12301-001

- [x] 1 x Lowrance SonicHub-2 Server
Product # 000-12301-001

-[x] 1 x MB Quart NA540.6

-[x] 1 x JL Audio 10" Subwoofer

-[x] 1 x JL Audio Bluetooth Adapter

- [x] 1 x Lowrance WXM-3 Sirius Weather & Radio Puck Receiver
Product # 000-11076-001

- [x] 1 x Standard Horizon VHF GX1700W (advised to get VHF with AIS receiver so returning this unit)
- [x] 1 x iCom M506 AIS VHF w/ GPS
Or
- [x] 1 x Simrad RS35 VHF

- [x] 1 x Standard Horizon Flush Mount Kit for Explorer
MMB-97

- [x] 1 x NMEA 2k Starter Kit
Product # 124-69

- [x] 2 x Lowrance Video Adapter
Product # 000-11010-001

- [x] 1 x Lowrance Simrad Transducer Connector 7-Pin Blue with Cable
Product # 000-10046-001

- [x] 1 x Lowrance Simrad Transducer Connector 7-Pin Blue with Cable 0
Product # 000-10046-001

Note: Must add Dielectric Grease to ALL connections!
- [x] Versachem 15339 Dielectric Connector Grease
Product # 15339

- [x] 1 x Vanxse Underwater Camera

If you know someone who has done work for you personally that you could confidently recommend we would be grateful. If they can travel onsite to do install, we would be willing to cover hotel accommodations. We can also deliver boat if necessary.

We will be photographing each stage of installation so we can show the readers a before and after.

This project is very special to us as we will be offering free trips offshore to people who suffer from Parkinson's Disease. I just lost my father, his father and my mothers father to the complications of Parkinson's.

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Old 11-19-2016, 07:03 AM
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All Hooked Up Electronics
http://www.allhookedupelectronics.com/

They just completely rewired my entire boat, lights, 3 Garmin, autopilot, stereo and switch panel.
Perfect install.
Old 11-19-2016, 09:41 AM
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Nice list of equipment,why not switch the VHF radio to one that includes AIS?
Old 11-19-2016, 10:37 AM
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Ditch the LSS-2 and 83/200.

Your StructureScan 3D transducer also covers 2D and uses higher transmit power for better range on 2D.

The 83/200 is outclassed in every way by your B175s, even though they wont ping 83khz.

Also consider a B175H-W instead of the B175H. What kind of fishing do you do?
Old 11-19-2016, 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Amity83 View Post
Ditch the LSS-2 and 83/200.

Your StructureScan 3D transducer also covers 2D and uses higher transmit power for better range on 2D.

The 83/200 is outclassed in every way by your B175s, even though they wont ping 83khz.

Also consider a B175H-W instead of the B175H. What kind of fishing do you do?
We appreciate the input very much.

We listed the LSS-2 as we thought we needed it for 3D Structure Scan.

We fish for all Pelagics (Sails, Marlin, Wahoo, Dolphin etc......) and typically bottom fish for the dinner table. If it swims we go after it!

Regarding the 83/200, that was only for a parts on hand list for our record keeping. I was concerned the frequencies might overlap and can't see it outdoing the thru-hulls.

We contemplated the B175C-20-W and for some reason the Airmar tech suggested the "H".....personally I am on the fence. We got a smoking deal on the "H" but we want a perfect setup for our use. We can always sell the "H" and get the "W"...do you have experience with it? I am all ears. Heck, I would think the "W" would be better?

Note: We Fish from New Smyrna all the way to the Tortugas and wrecks in the Gulf. So, we are typically in the 500'-2,000' depths trolling mostly. Bottom fish when time is right.
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Originally Posted by clv View Post
Nice list of equipment,why not switch the VHF radio to one that includes AIS?

The Standard Horizon has built in GPS which gives me redundancy if my N2k fails. I am actually looking at the Simrad RS 35 with built in AIS Receiver.

Am I good to go with that as a primary VHF and use the Standard Horizon as a redundant failover unit?

Do I need the Class ? Computer too. AIS confuses me just a bit due to the receiver, transiever, classes etc.... I want to see....I'm not sure I want to be seen in case I'm in the Bahamas with my family. I do have concerns about piracy with the kids onboard.

Is that being over cautious?

Thoughts?
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The Standard Horizon GX2200 has built in GPS and receive only AIS with one antenna. I like mine and the connection to my Garmin MFD was simple enough. Great price with rebate thru end of year. Got the handheld HX870 also with GPS and rebate.
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The ONLY nmea2000 radio, not affiliated with an electronics' brand, that has been a performer that is respected, is the Icom unit.

http://www.icomamerica.com/en/produc...6/default.aspx
Radio with AIS receiver + NMEA 0183/2000® (front or rear mic versions)


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I've used Mike in Orlando for everything on my boat. I drop it off at his place but he does site visits too if you prefer that. $50/hr and he's always done me right, everything is done right and he's never missed having it ready when he promised me. Pm me and I'll find his number for you. I'll also post photos of his work on my boat.
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Originally Posted by CME View Post
The ONLY nmea2000 radio, not affiliated with an electronics' brand, that has been a performer that is respected, is the Icom unit.

http://www.icomamerica.com/en/produc...6/default.aspx
Radio with AIS receiver + NMEA 0183/2000® (front or rear mic versions)


Thanks for the heads up. This will be bought as the primary. I love the GPS and the AIS in the same unit.
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Here are photos as promised
VHF + button switches for my spreader lights
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Trim tabs + Depthfinder install on transom
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Trim tab, GPS, new fuse block, etc wiring as it was in progress (he always texts photos along the way)
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Very nice install job.
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Originally Posted by Pelagic32720 View Post
Thanks for the heads up. This will be bought as the primary. I love the GPS and the AIS in the same unit.
The 506 is a great radio, but it does not have a GPS antenna built in. It will get your GPS from your chartplotter over NMEA 0183 or NMEA2000.

The GX2200 is also a nice radio with AIS and GPS receive, but it lacks NMEA2000.

Standard Horizon has announced new models that have NMEA2000, GPS, and either AIS receive or AIS transceiver The GX6000 and GX6500. The GX6500 will require 2 antennas though.

http://www.panbo.com/archives/2016/1...ass_b_ais.html
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I've replaced two newer S/H units due to dead LCD displays (both handled under warranty)....I'm not concerned about the lack of a built-in GPS, your on an N2K network after all.

100% Icom for me.

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