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Old 09-11-2014, 10:35 AM   #1
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What would be a good middle priced brand of electronics to have on a 36 albin.. the electronics on it now are out of date and not working . There are 2 stations that would have to be equipped... I see there are some for instance the autopilot can be done with a wireless remote so only one would have to be installed .. GPS depth sounder ,autopilot vfh etc any thoughts? thank you
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Old 09-11-2014, 10:52 AM   #2
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I have a Garmin series 4000 complete with two stations, radar/chartploter, fishfinder conected by NMEA2000 with a simrad autopilot. Cheap, efficient and enough

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Old 09-11-2014, 11:24 AM   #3
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Do you also have a depth sounder ??
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Old 09-11-2014, 11:32 AM   #4
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What would be a good middle priced brand of electronics to have on a 36 albin.. the electronics on it now are out of date and not working . There are 2 stations that would have to be equipped... I see there are some for instance the autopilot can be done with a wireless remote so only one would have to be installed .. GPS depth sounder ,autopilot vfh etc any thoughts? thank you
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The question is honestly not very answerable in my opinion. Everyone wants something different. I get by fine with depth sounder, Navionics on an iPhone and handheld VHF. I have a compass and VHF radio that never get used. Radar and chart plotter in my garage will not be installed as I have no need to clutter the dash.

Everyone is unique so no real one size answer.
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I have a Garmin two station system similar to Portagee. In my opinion It is middle of the road prices and an overall good system.
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What would be a good middle priced brand of electronics to have on a 36 albin.. the electronics on it now are out of date and not working . There are 2 stations that would have to be equipped... I see there are some for instance the autopilot can be done with a wireless remote so only one would have to be installed .. GPS depth sounder ,autopilot vfh etc any thoughts? thank you
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Garmin 741 with HD18 radar two units and radar around 3000. Depth sounder another 100
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Old 09-11-2014, 12:11 PM   #7
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Garmin should have products to suit your needs.
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Old 09-11-2014, 12:37 PM   #8
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Most every electronics brand will have something that meets your needs. Go play with a couple different brands, say at a West Marine store or a friends boat and see what brand you like.

Then if you really want to save some money look at any close out models or last years units that might be for sale.
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Not sure what "middle price" means. For the lower price points, Sitex, Lowrance, Humminbird are all popular, depending on what function (plotter, radar, sounders) What kind of cruising do you plan on doing? I see a New Bern home port. Just staying local or going farther afield?
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There are two manufacturers who have a full line of recreational marine electronics: Garmin and Raymarine.

Either of them would be good. But stick to one to minimize interface issues.

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There are two manufacturers who have a full line of recreational marine electronics: Garmin and Raymarine.

Either of them would be good. But stick to one to minimize interface issues.

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I think Furuno , Simrad, Lowrance and Sitex would strongly disagree with that. Just to name four.
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I am disappointed in Garmin new, upgraded autopilot... Over $4,000 discounted. GHP20. True that includes the one size fits all pump but still... $4k in the box...ouch...
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Raymarine e127 and 125 (built in sounder and GPS), open array radar, Evolution autopilot, all connected to an N2K backbone. Standard Horizon radios for comms.

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We are faced with the same issue for our 30 year old Fu Hwa 38. I am leaning toward a complete Garmin setup but decided to hold off for newer technology.

Specifically, first, I would like the Radar, the AIS, the sounder, and other devices to feed the Multi Function Displays via WiFi.

Second, Garmin needs to add a wireless router and access point to their lineup.

I may be waiting for awhile but it is frustrating that the electronics manufacturers are not doing more to integrate wireless technologies into their product lines. Maybe someone can convince Apple to go into the marine electronics business.
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Greetings,
From what I understand Garmin charts are proprietary meaning you can't download free charts from the net and the only place you can get upgrades is from Garmin. That's a bit of a restriction IMO. That being said, Garmin DOES make good stuff.
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We are faced with the same issue for our 30 year old Fu Hwa 38. I am leaning toward a complete Garmin setup but decided to hold off for newer technology.

Specifically, first, I would like the Radar, the AIS, the sounder, and other devices to feed the Multi Function Displays via WiFi.

Second, Garmin needs to add a wireless router and access point to their lineup.

I may be waiting for awhile but it is frustrating that the electronics manufacturers are not doing more to integrate wireless technologies into their product lines. Maybe someone can convince Apple to go into the marine electronics business.
I like your thought process, but the fully wireless route has a lot to overcome. Lots of interference potential in the various wireless signal paths to overcome, as well as having transmitters powerful enough at each device location to overcome RF and other electronic noise.
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Garmin is the easiest to use of all the brands I've had. Lowrance doesnt do well in deep water with there sonar. There chart system is excellent. If anyone is interested I have 2 HDS 10s that you can buy for cheap.
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The Garmin 741xs' along with a lot of newer garmins have built in Wifi.
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