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Old 06-13-2017, 02:05 PM   #1
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City: Sequim
Country: Washington
Vessel Name: Toad Hall
Vessel Model: Bluewater 40
Join Date: Jul 2016
Posts: 31
Advice on upgrading electronics

Hi all,

Currently I have the following:

Stand alone radar

Garmin Chart plotter/depth sounder (older)

Laptop running Coastal Explorer (which I love)

The radar died, not going to try to fix it as I already have $600.00 in repairs to a $1,500 unit.

I figure I have 3 options:

1. Buy a new stand alone radar. would go with Si-Tex T-760 or the Furuno 1715. Can be up and running for under $2,000.00, even less if I put it in myself.

2. Go with a 9 or 10 inch Garmin all in one and still use Coaster Explorer with the nice big screen. Cost moves up to $3500 or so.

3. Get rid of the lap top and go with a 12 inch all in one. This can break $5,000.00.

This boat is our home and our passion, and on one hand the money is not really the issue, but on the other hand, replacing and not upgrading saves like $3,000.00 bucks. That buys a lot of fuel, which on the third hand we would buy anyway.

So, who likes stand alone units and why? What would you guys spend the money on? What are you using and are you happy with it? Any one have the Si-Tex T-760? Comments?

What kind of anchor should I buy? (Just kidding on that one)


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