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30 footer: which radar/GPS plotter/sonar?

Discussion in 'Boat Electronics' started by Marc Heusser, Jun 27, 2007.

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  1. Marc Heusser

    Marc Heusser Guest

    Which radar/GPS plotter and possibly sonar and autopilot would you
    recommend for a 30 footer (motor boat) and why?
    Over here one seems to get decent support for Furuno, Simrad and
    possibly Raymarine.
    Planning to use it in tight waters, so resolution of the radar as well
    as easy operation (eg radar/gps overlay) are important criteria, as well
    as reliability and longvity. It would serve for navigation, not fishing.
    Having most of it on one display would ease installation (not too much
    space left).

    I have been looking at eg (10"-12" color LCD)
    Simrad CX44-E and 4' slot antenna
    Furuno 1834C and 2' radom antenna
    Raymarine E-series?


  2. Marc Heusser

    Marc Heusser Guest

    That is good to know - thank you.

    I have narrowed it down to Furuno and Simrad - Simrad seems to have the
    edge with radar, and similar reliability.

    I guess it will boil down to where I get better support and prices.

  3. Marc Heusser

    Marc Heusser Guest

    Yes - but not that badly, we have rivers flowing eastwards to the Black
    Sea, northwards to the North Sea as well as southwards to the
    Mediterranian Sea plus assorted channels :)
    Anyway our lakes tend to be rather crowded at times and heavy
    thunderstorms are quite common.

  4. Larry

    Larry Guest

    Marc, go to the nearest commercial fleet of any kind of boats, tugboats,
    fishing boats, barge boats. See what they're using. Ask them how well
    it works and how easy it is to get service/parts for.

    I like Furuno in your list. a 4' antenna is awfully big for a 30' boat.

  5. Larry

    Larry Guest

    And, oh so beautiful if you can. I have an old friend who's 84. Werner
    is from Thun in Berner Oberland. The Lake of Thun is truly a beautiful
    OH, wait! Belay that last one....(c;

  6. Marc Heusser

    Marc Heusser Guestône_River

    We also have some strong winds quite frequently -

    As for GPS of course you do not get lost usually - it is rather smaller
    boats without anchor lights at night that bother you. And rocks below
    the surface.

    I had no idea of competing :)

  7. Not for a "Working Vessel" but maybe for a Pleasure Craft......
    Good Radar Antennas, don't just happen, they are designed
    and bigger IS Better...... if you can afford them.....

    Bruce in alaska
  8. You

    You Guest

    How can you get "LOST" if you know shore is in ANY direction and less
    than 15 miles away?????? This isn't "Lost", it is only incompitance....
  9. only because the OEM is closer to you, than Japan. Check the High Seas
    Fishing Fleets, they use Furuno Radars, 3 to 1 over Simrads, and there
    IS a reason for that.

    Bruce in alaska
  10. Larry

    Larry Guest

    I know! We used to bounce the AN/SPS-30 massive monster off the moon...(c;

    That thing would cut a seagull, right out of the air at 50 yards!

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