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Discussion in 'Boat Electronics' started by [email protected], Jun 3, 2008.

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  1. I replaced the Humminbird that came with my boat, I think it was the Wide
    128. I am installing a Humminbird Matrix 17 with weather sense and AS Gr16
    GPS. I purchased the y cable need to attached both devices, I know where I
    will install the weathersense under the drivers console.

    What would be the best location for the GPS unit, the boat is a Nitro 750
    NX. Does anyone have any experience with placement or recommendations ?
    This is one of those have to choose the right spot , as I have to drill into
    the fiberglass to run the wire and secure with screws.

    Thanks in advance

  2. Larry

    Larry Guest

    Right next to the display on top of the console would be fine. Many new
    units have built-in GPS antennas to make this much easier on everyone. If
    you have a bimini top, no problem. The metal frame doesn't obstruct enough
    to trash the fix. The only thing to worry about is metal between the
    antenna and the sky. As the satellites are in very high orbits giving very
    long over-the-horizon times, and are spread across your sky from horizon to
    horizon, the most open view of the sky is fine. GPS signal goes right
    through a heavy fiberglass top. I'm shooting two GPS antennas on a 41'
    ketch from on top of the steering "dash" through a heavy, solid fiberglass
    top on an Amel Sharki 41 with great results. The GPS antenna hardly ever
    gets wet, even offshore.

    You might be interested that the 17 is discontinued, which in marine
    electronics lingo means NO SUPPORT. It was replaced by the 717 and I'd buy
    that model instead if you insist on this brand/style.

    God the prices on all manufacturers' units has just become as obscene as
    the prices at the fuel dock. Computers are CHEAP....Marine computers are a
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