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Old 12-13-2003, 01:07 PM
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Hey folks, seem every other post here is for help outfitting new rigs, great reading. Here is my question: I'm looking to pull the trigger on a Sea Hunt Triton 232 within the next 60 days. I'll use it to fish Galveston bay and offshore as often as possible here in upper Texas, mostly for snapper and Kings. I'd like a plotter, fish finder and radio to begin with (will add radar and autopilot later). I have about $3000 to spend. What would you recommend? Thanks to all who respond.
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Old 12-13-2003, 01:35 PM
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Tcart - I'm waiting for my Sea Pro 238WA to arrive. I have the same budget and will probably get my electronics at the Boston Boat Show in February. If i can't get a good deal then, I will use Bethel or Consumers. Here are my choices as of now (I have made a few changes since my initial list). Standard Horizon Spectrum + VHF, Furuno 600L Fishfinder with transom ducer, Garmin 182C GPS, Digital 8' antenna, Standard Horizon MST 660 Marine Stero and CD player, Poly-Planar Speakers. Inclusive of gimbel mounts, splitters, chips, etc. I am hovering right about $3K. Good luck with your choices and let me know what you get.
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Old 12-13-2003, 02:06 PM
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Tcart ... same fishing area and looking at the same question .... here is what you do ... Contact West and tell them your buying a new boat and you get a discount off they stated price .... then tell them you want to see Raymarine RL70CRC vaule package with the RayNav 300 not the vhf... It's 3000.00 and you only need a transducer ... go thru hull 1000watt for 369.00 you add a radome down the road and your good only thing you will be missing is a vhf ... Go Icom 502 ... they have 40.00 rebate now 200.00 total ...... also this weekend Boatus is 15% off ... worth calling if you can pull the trigger quickly !!!!!!!!...John


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Old 12-13-2003, 02:45 PM
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This is just one guy thinking out loud, but what if you guys did a group buy, all three of you decide what you want, one of you contact the retailer and the each pay for their own stuff with a credit card and have it shipped to you directly.

This is not anything that I have done before, just an idea.

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Old 12-13-2003, 02:55 PM
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jtburf,
Saw the pics of your new boat--sweet, we definately have to team up this summer. Good ideals all. Decisions, decisions....nice problem to have.
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Old 12-13-2003, 03:44 PM
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Tcart ....Thanks a million ... we have a good little group building here in Houston!!!! if you can try and join us for lunch sometime ... we travel all around town to make it easy for everyone ..... and we fish from everywere to as far as we can !!!!!....I'm most likely waiting till big Boat show to grab everything .... or if the old boat sell's. Then I'll do it sooner....I really like the discount idea .... John


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How about Garmin 2006 color ..Furuno 582...Icom405...Digital 529 8' should be right at 3K. Greg
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Old 12-13-2003, 08:13 PM
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Greg why not spend just a little more and get radar overlay from the RL70CRC, the Nav300 gives you easy to read Gps, and other numbers, temp,speed,direction ... stores a 1000 waypoints. The DSM250 is the strongest depth finder out there .... couple all of this tougether in a space saving arangement and your set .....Just my thought's ...John


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Old 12-14-2003, 08:02 AM
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Hey Magician! About that group buy thing. I just got a Sea Hunt 21' WA. Although I already have a VHF, I am looking to get a Garmin 182C or 188c and a stereo. I'm still on the fence about a separate FF/DF, which would obviously make up my mind on the Garmin. Someone on this great THT forum gave a great link to www.gpsdiscount.com which seems to have unbeatable GPS prices. If you can find a better price via a group buy, let me know and I will do the same. That goes for any other North Shore (Mass.) members. Question to all out there. Can you really get a good deal on electronics at a boat show?? I've been told that the margin is so small on these things that there really isn't much wiggle room. I love boat shows, but hate the boat show pressure if you want to buy something at one.
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Old 12-14-2003, 09:00 AM
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I would definitely stick with the Furuno 600L and I would also put the radar thing way down on my list as needs on a small boat. I have fished and owned smaller boats all my life I have found very little use for a radar on a small boat offshore. Just my opinion. Good Luck. BTW I really like the Garmin GPS products. Anything from the 176 to the 2010 seem to work great..
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Old 12-14-2003, 10:01 AM
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Gingersdad - Congratulations on the new boat - did you daughter put a little pressure on you? Its hard to think about boating with all the early snow, lets hope the winter goes qucikly so we can both enjoy our new rides.
I think your question on electronic discounts available at a boat show is a good one. I am hoping that competition, due to alot of companies selling the same products at the Boston Boat Show, will save me some dollars. The Boston boat show has a large number of companes scheduled to sell marine electroncishttp: //www.naexpo.com/boatshow/products.html (sorry about the poor link). I will have my list of electroincis and will walk around getting quotes; I'll let the various companies see what others have quoted and see if they can do better.

I think some of the companies have "wiggle room" but the discount companes (Bethel & gpsdiscount) do not. I prefer to buy local (Voyager in Essex, etc) but they need to come down from their original quotes. Also, I think buying about $3k worth of electronics has to be good for some type of serious discount. So my first choice is to buy my stuff at the boat show, if that fails, I'll have to come up a plan B.
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Magician-Actually both my wife and daughter said that they needed a porta potty. I was geting sick of running to State Street, Manchester, or going in early because of bathroom issues. My daughter also said that going though Marblehead Harbor in our old boat was like being a model at a Paris fashion show and walking down the runway wearing a potato sack!! As I'm sure you know, as the kids get older its harder and harder to do find things as a family. If you can find something they all like, you pursue it. This is going to be the longest winter of my life!!
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All I can say is when you about to drop more like 5 K for a package electrinoc's ... know what you want !!! down to the model numbers and give them a list tell them you will be back in 1 hour and your spending the money now and you have 4-6 other suppliers working on quotes as your speaking ......John


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Old 12-15-2003, 08:35 AM
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I find this annoying as hell. The guy says he has three grand to spend and folks want to have him buying a five grand system.

Buy stuff at a boat show. Good diea, if you have a clue how to find the folks that sold it to you again if you need to - not always the case with boat show participants.

Let's spend 3 greand:

ICOM M-502 (never skimp on your radio) $275
Digital Antenna 529VW $125

Subtotal: $400

Garmin 2006 grayscale $1,100
BlueChart for your area $150

Subtotal: $1,650

Furuno 600L $700
Most expensive transducer you could buy: $200

Subtotal: $2,450

Now, if you are really careful about where you buy this stuff and spend at least 2 hours looking for good deals on line you can also add an auto pilot and still fit in your price range:

Simrad AP-12 Auto Pilot $1,000

That will burn up every dime of your $3,000, but no more (I have used undiscounted prices in my estimates) while leaving your with a first rate system, all of which will interface with no compatability issues at all.

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TCat, I don't know who's selling this and I have nothing to do with it other than I just ran across it a minute ago and your post came immediately to mind. It won't last long

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Tcart ....Email me and I'll tell you the price's I was just quoted and your gonna flip....John


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Old 12-16-2003, 05:36 PM
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Thom--thanks for the post, copied it to my desktop for quick reference in the future. Jtburf, I'm on the road and only have access to my corporate email, unfortunately the spouse is "suggesting" waiting until the spring ('the boat will sit,etc'). Anyway, my work is keeping me on the road and in the office longer hours than I'd like right now, so the point may be mute. Additionally, I'm kind of choking on the $40k plus cost for the Triton 232. I love that boat, and I think I want new (warranty, rig my way) but even with 20% down, that's a heck of a load. Perhaps I should get more boat, used? Decisions, decisions. Input invited. Thanks for everything, joining the Captain's Club tonight. What a great site.
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