Basic Electronics Rigging: $?

Old 04-21-2003, 10:22 AM
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We're looking to get a 23' walkaround boat to use in the Chesapeake Bay, and just started considering a new model of boat in our price range. These new boats don't come prerigged with electronics at our price point though, so I now have to learn: what is a basic electronics package?

We don't need 50+ mile offshore gear or anything like that, but we will be running in the Chesapeake Bay and close-to-shore Atlantic Ocean. The boat will be used for fishing, cruising, etc >> won't be a hardcore fish boat. What will we need to get - GPS, FF, VHF?

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Old 04-21-2003, 11:55 AM
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Get a Garmin FF/Chartplotter/GPS combo, and a fixed mount VHF.

That should be all you need for cruising fishing, and communicating.

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Old 04-23-2003, 06:54 PM
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To continue along the same theme - anyone have an idea how much typical installation would cost for those items? I know it varies per region - any thoughts would help...

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Old 04-23-2003, 06:57 PM
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locally(Eastern NC) riggers charge 50-60 dollars per hour to install electronics.
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If you are spending the money to buy a 23' boat, don't even talk to a dealer who won't throw in a VHF and antenna to seal the deal.
A depth/fish finder is a must. A combo depth/gps is nice. A handheld gps on a permanent mount will do for holding waypoints and can be used in a car or for hunting.
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Figure 200-300 per unit done correctly. All loose wires secured, units flush mounted and sealed. Work area cleaned up. Some units that are connected/interfaced may be more.

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