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Old 01-23-2003, 04:30 AM
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Purchasing a leftover Scout 202 Dorado, and need some suggestions for electronics, i.e. GPS, Fishfinder, VHS. My budget is $1,500. The boat will be used in Long Island Sound, inshore/near shore, 50/50 family and fishing. Water depth will be up to 80,' and we will be staying primarily from Norwalk to Bridgeport. This will change as the kids (3) get older, 2,5,7, years old, and we will take one trip a year to Cape Cod/Martha's Vineyard. Any thoughts would help.
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GPS: Garmin 180 (effectively discontinued, but still available) $300 Micro-GChart for your area MGUS215SS (buy on ebay $50, or $99)

Fishfinder: Garmin 240 $278 (gpsdiscount.com) and you get an additional $25 Garmin discount if you buy by April 30. (not the 240 blue which is for depths greater than 500' or more)

Radio: Standard Horizon Eclipse Plus $138

Antenna: Shakespeare or Digital ($150)

And you'll have money left to pay someone to install the gear.

Would be better to replace the Garmin 180 with the 182 though ($615) and get a bluechart for $130

Great area for boating....spent many years in Westport.

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Old 01-23-2003, 10:29 AM
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Lacey,

This line-up cost just a tad more than $1,500, about $1,650 before any taxes or shipping. Most of the prices come from www.boatfix.com. They have good prices but you may be able to better elsewhere.

There are a lot of ways to bring the cost usder $1,500. You can go cheaper on the antenna (don't go too cheap as there is a big difference in VHF performance) if you don't need to extend your cell phone reach. If you don't care about a Loudhailer then go with the Standard Horizon Eclispe Plus for abour $140. And obviously you can go cheaper on the GPS/plotter as well but the Garmin 182 with the Blue-Chart is an awsome combination for the price. The Furuno 6100 is top rated by Power Boat Reports.

Furuno LS6100 Fishfinder $273
Furuno 525ST-PWD 200/50 Transducer $81

Garmin Map 182 E $630
Garmin Blue Chart (MUS004R) for LIS area $127

Standard Spectrum Plus VHF with DSC and Loudhailer $270
Shakespear 5229R combo 8' VHF/Celluar antenna
$201
Hailer horn $33
Cell phone antenna adapter $13
Poly-Planar remote speaker for VHF $20

Good luck and have fun picking out your new "toys".

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Old 01-23-2003, 03:06 PM
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Lacey-

you can't miss if you follow this:
GPS/Chartplotter: GARMIN
Fish Finder: FURUNO
VHF: ICOM
Antenna: DIGITAL

Cell phone antennas, external speakers, loud hailers and horns are accessories, IMO, that can always be tossed in later or as part of an upgrade.

The suggestions for various models here are all good ones, IMO. If you would consider a color FF, you might want to look at the FURUNO FCV600L. I think a color unit would benefit you with all the bottom structure and different species of fish and bait in Long Island Sound.With transducer, that should run about $750.

www.bethel-marine.com has all these units for about 10% LESS than Boat-fix. com. Shop around and compare at Consumer Marine Electronics and www.brokenlegdave.com. I have personally ordered from and received great service from all 3. I believe Three Rivers Marine is highly rated, although I have yet to order from them.

Mention that you want the "boat show " price. Some will even give you a bigger discount on an entire package deal.

Good luck with the new boat!

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Old 01-23-2003, 06:05 PM
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I bought the following for about $1,750. You could buy just the black and white GPS for $300 less.

-Garmin 182 Color GPS/Chartplotter
-Furuno LS6100 Fish Finder and Transducer
-Standard Horizon Intrepid Plus VHF
-Shakespeare 5225-XT VHF Antenna
-BlueChart
-Ritchie D-55 Compass
-(2) Shakespeare 4187 Antenna Mounts

Order from brokenlegdave.com and dbmarine.com. I could not find any other sites that had better pricing.
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Old 01-24-2003, 08:25 AM
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I differ slightly go this way. (By the way all prices are estimates as best I can remember. You may be able to do better, like ebay or somewhere)

Furuno : 600L around 600.00 to 700.00 I think? (Go with color, you will be happier if you do any bottom fishing)

GPS: Garmin 176 or 176C with blue chip the 176 is around 500.00, 176C is 600.00 blue chip is 150.00 extra can be bought a lil later (U will want the chip too cool. Also go with the 176C if you can swing it color looks nice..)

Vhf: Not specific here but for 150.00 or so you can get a descent 25W unit...(I may draw a fight here, but all VHF unit are 25Watts so why buy expensive. I dont think that extra jack gets you much..IMHO)

Also I have been around boats and boating since I was 12 years old...I have never owed a boat with a loud hailer...on a yacht it might be needed but not on a 20' IMHO.. Congrats on the boat BTW..
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Cracker,

What your money gets you with a 25 watt radio is a radio that actually puts out 25 watts.

I know a fellow who runs an electronics business and also does repairs. He pulled a half a dozen VHF radios made by a very well known manufacturer (not ICOM or Standard) off his shelf and tested their output power - brand new, off the shelf, not one of them put out over 13 watts, and worse yet, not one of them held onto what little power they were putting out when keyed for over one continous minute (where they all dropped down to 7 watts or less).

So, why spend the money? Well, it your choice. But, having said that, there are some good radios out there that don't cost an arm and a leg. I am pretty sure you can find ICOM M-45's for a hundred and a half or less, and that would certainly be a good choice. Also, a person on a budget would be a fool not to look long and hard at some of the used equipment that shows up on E-Bay. I've seen ICOM units like the M-120 sell for less than a hundred bucks, and there is no way on earth to beat a deal like that unless someone is giving you a radio.

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Thank you all for the great responses, and taking the time to help.
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Old 01-25-2003, 09:05 AM
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this is what i did last year for my new boat
VHF Radio-Standard- less than 200.00
Ant.-galaxy 100.00
Depth finder-Lowrance X91 around 400.00
Chart plotter/Gps-Lowrance Globalmap 2400
Map Chip 200.00
Package less than 1500.00
the new Lowrance models this year are as follows
X97/X98 replaces the X91 these models have a higher resolution screen the x98 also is a dual freq.
The globalmap 3200 replaces the globalmap 2400
I am very happy with this group of electronics I purchased. The X91 gives me bottom readings at WOT about 45MPH. The looks on the screens at night is excellant. I like having the two units look alike and using them is a breeze being all controls are very similar.
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so you keep 10 ,/, and waste 90./.

that's a good formula .

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If you go with the Garmin 168, you get a depth sounder and a gps that accepts blue chart downloads. The unit is at Boat US for $550 and the bluechart cd is 140.

You can probably find them for less, but its a start.

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TRY A COMBO SOUNDER/PLOTTER, IF INTERESTED I HAVE A GARMIN176, W/ A NJ/NY MAXI CHIP, AND A SIMRAD EQ32 W/O TRANSDUCER, AND A SITEX CVS107 AMBER SOUNDER. ALL AVAILABLE CONTACT ME. ALL ARE AVAILABLE BECAUSE MY NEW BOAT , A 232CC MAKO LIMITED , HAS A SIMRAD CE32 PLOTTER SOUNDER COMBO, SITEX MAX10 PLOTTER, BOTH USE THE SAME C-MAP CHIP FOR REDUNDANCY, AN ICOM M59, DIGITAL 4" ANTENNAE, AND NOW A SIMRAD RA40 RADAR. TOTAL OUT OF POCKET$27OO., PAYS TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR CLOSEOUTS AND DISCONTINUED STUFF, BOUGHT THE RADAR FOR 1300. THE SITEX FOR700. FROM CONSUMERS MARINE ELECTRONICS.


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