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  1. Hello fellow boaters. I want to put a marine GPS unit on my 1999 2130 SS Sport. So far I like the Raymarine Dragonfly 5M (No Sonar) because of it's size, mount type and no sonar. My question is about the mounting location. I'm not exactly sure where on the dash (Or maybe somewhere else) would be the best place to mount GPS. The dash has limited space to begin with. I don't want to drill holes in the dash without being absolutely sure about the positioning and possible interference with other components under the dash. Does anyone out there have a 1999 2130 that they have a GPS unit mounted to? If so, your insight (Do's and don'ts) as it relates to mounting location would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Looking to add a GPS Chart plotter to 2016 246SSi, any recommendations on brands, models, mounting system/location, transducer types etc. Always inland lakes and rivers, may occasionally fish so fish finder is optional, typically not ultra long distance trips Thanks in advance Chris
  3. So, my first project for my new to me 2335 SS (once all mechanicals are determined sound) will be to upgrade the antiquated GPS. It is a Garmin 172 C with external GPS antenna and no transducer. I want this Lowrance unit as it will fit the spot where the old unit was with a simple ram mount. Below is the unit I am considering buying, it is a refurbished unit with transducer included with 6 months warranty. I am interested in using Navionics charts or even the NauticInsight charts. Lowrance Elite 5 HDI
  4. Hello all, I am looking for some advice for a trip I am planning for 2016. I have an 04' Chap 290 in Utah that I plan on trailering up to the Northwest to explore the San Juans and possibly up to Desolation Sound. I have been reading a few books in preparation and understand that I could probably spend the majority of the time around the San Juan and Southern Gulf Islands. I plan on two weeks on the water. This would be my first time to this area and am looking for some advice on stops around the area. I don't want to stay every night at a marina but a few would be fun. My kids are still young, they will be 6 and 4 next year and I am interested in hitting some of the marinas that have heated pools. I have really enjoyed reading Waggoner Cruising Guide and Best Anchorages of the Inside Passage. Is Anacortes a good place to start? Is June/July the best time of the year from everyone's experience? Gear: I plan on adding a tender/davit, as well as a good GPS (been looking at the Garmin 7610). Is a radar necessary in June/July? Any tenders or davits recommended for the 290? I will also add iNavx or Navionics to my iPad. Can't decide which yet. Looks like Navionics has a new app that I can't see to read too many reviews on. iNavx appears to have more capability. Salt Water: My boat has never been in the salt. Is there anything I should do ahead of time to prep the boat for the salt water? The boat should only be in the water 2-4 weeks. Will this do much damage to the longevity of the engines/outdrives? Training: Is there a recommended course to better understand the area/tides that people use? Anything online? Thanks for the advice. I have been to the San Juan Islands before by air and can't wait to explore the area by boat.
  5. I am having a problem with the dealer that sold me my brand new 2014 29 Signature. In the contract, he sold me a 10 inch garmin chartplotter, (Garmin model # 7410). When I got home, I looked but the gps, but the Garmin 7410 is a british model. I called him up, and he said he made a mistake, it was the 7610. But he called me last month and told me a 10 inch wont fit. He is installing an 8 inch Garmin 7608xsv, and not giving me a credit. He says they are about the same price. Will a 10 inch fit? I know I am getting taken. Is there anything I can do about it? I feel like if I make too many waves, the dealer will make problems for me down the road. Should I just deal with it? Thanks for the advice.
  6. I am having a problem with the dealer that sold me my brand new 2014 29 Signature. In the contract, he sold me a 10 inch garmin chartplotter, (Garmin model # 7410). When I got home, I looked but the gps, but the Garmin 7410 is a british model. I called him up, and he said he made a mistake, it was the 7610. But he called me last month and told me a 10 inch wont fit. He is installing an 8 inch Garmin 7608xsv, and not giving me a credit. He says they are about the same price. Will a 10 inch fit? I know I am getting taken. Is there anything I can do about it? I feel like if I make too many waves, the dealer will make problems for me down the road. Should I just deal with it? Thanks for the advice.
  7. I am having a problem with the dealer that sold me my brand new 2014 29 Signature. In the contract, he sold me a 10 inch garmin chartplotter, (Garmin model # 7410). When I got home, I looked but the gps, but the Garmin 7410 is a british model. I called him up, and he said he made a mistake, it was the 7610. But he called me last month and told me a 10 inch wont fit. He is installing an 8 inch Garmin 7608xsv, and not giving me a credit. He says they are about the same price. Will a 10 inch fit? I know I am getting taken. Is there anything I can do about it? I feel like if I make too many waves, the dealer will make problems for me down the road. Should I just deal with it? Thanks for the advice.
  8. What would you guys recommend to put into my console? The parts guide refers to a Garmin 530 (no longer available). I don't fish and have zero desire to start but it would be nice to know if my kids were jumping into a tree minefield. I am looking for something that will get me from point A to point B without much thought. It will probably never see the coast and spend most of the time in the Midwest lakes. I realize everyone has a favorite but I'm looking for something to remember where the rope swings, bathrooms, and other funness. Thanks in advance!
  9. It appears to have been several years since this topic was on the forum. My 2007 Lowrance LCX 27c seems to be obsolete since it will not run current Navionics maps so I selected the Lowrance HDS-7 Gen2 as a replacement. The next step was adding a new Lowrance VHF and a new external GPS antenna compatible with the NMEA 2000 network. After several calls to Lowrance customer service/technical support ( which were very helpful ), I decided to proceed with the NMEA 2000 network starter kit and link all the marine electronics. The project is scheduled for 7/15. My research indicates that this should be a fairly easy DIY project. Any advice or suggestions? Thanks ScottC
  10. I just bought an H2O 19 sport and already ground up the prop in shallow water. I'm completely clueless on what to buy, where to mount it, how much to spend, etc. I don't fish so don't need fish finder and will use mainly on Potomac River in Washington DC and points south on the river. I'm looking for a system that will keep me out of shallow water and obstructions and keep me on path. Any pictures of what you have installed will help. Any guidance will be appreciated.
  11. I have a 2005 Sunesta 254. I purchased a Raymarine 5.7" Dragonfly GPS/Fishfinder and am now in the process of making the installation. The transducer is transom mounted. I am looking for experienced advice on the best location. I'm also interested for advice on the display mounting location.
  12. I am in the process of ordering my first Chaparral boat. 2014 model 216 with Volvo. I am really excited and want to make sure I get all the options right. I would appreciate any help. Which Garmin GPS should I choose. The gps features I am most interested in are, inland lakes, water depth and some basic engine functions. I don't need sonar or fish finder. I am considering the 531, but don't know if this is the best choice. Any Input would be appreciated. Thanks.
  13. Hi, I am new to this forum and to boating. I recently bought the 21' H2O, and I am loving it. I purchased a Garmin echomap 50s GPS unit for the boat, and I am currently using it solely as a GPS unit. It is plugged into the 12v dash outlet with an adapter I attached to the black and red wires. I am coming up on the 20 hour service soon, and wanted to use the opportunity to install a transducer that will allow me to use the Garmin unit as a fish finder. Any advice on which type of transducer I should purchase (in-hull, through-hull, or transom mount)? The boat sits in a mooring field and will be trailered very infrequently. thanks in advance for any advice and suggestions
  14. Hey guys I'm relatively new to the boating community and just recently purchased a 2006 215 SSI. I want to purchase a GPS but I was looking for a little advice. I was looking at the Garmin 441 or 431with a NY-Chesapeake G2 vision card just because I have limited space. Are those good models? The boat comes stock with a depth finder so will I have to run any additional wires or can I tie into the stock depth finder somehow? Also if anyone has mounted a similar GPS in their boat where is the best place to mount it? Mounting on the dash blocks quite a bit of my view! I'm pretty mechanical, should I get someone that knows what their doing to install it or could I install it myself? Thanks in advance,
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  16. I just purchased a 2013 H2O fish and ski and was wanting to upgrade the fishfinder to a larger screen with GPS. Has anyone else installed one and if so where did you install it at and do you have any pictures of it mounted. I'm thinking it can be mounted over top of the cupholder but I am not sure if there is room to swivel it. I am looking at the Garmin531s. Thanks Bill.
  17. I have a month old 2013 Chaparral 216 SSI. It did not come with a GPS, but does have the digital gauges with the box in the middle of the con. I was wondering if that box was specifically sized for the Garmin 531\541? Since the dimensions of the 546 are identical, it should fit with no problems, correct? The reason I am asking is Garmin has a new model coming out, the 547, which has a lot more bells and whistles, but it is not the exact same size. Of course, I'd like one that fits nicely. Here are the dimensions of the two: Dimensions of the 541 are: 5.9" x 6.4" x 2.9" (15.0 x 16.3 x 7.4 cm) Dimensions of the 547 are: 5.9" x 6.1" x 2.4" (15.0 x 15.5 x 6.1 cm) Thanks for your help!!!
  18. I just bought a 260 Signature and getting ready to put in a Garmin 740s GPS with Sonar. Should I put in Through Hull Transducer or Glue in bottom of Hull Tranducer?
  19. I live in Wisconsin and boat on the Madison Lakes. Unfortunately, the lakeside attractions are sparse, due mostly to the local government agencies having a giant tree trunk up their arses. So, I started checking out surrounding areas for new lakes to explore. Finding the local knowledge on the lakes is a bit more challenging. Then I came across Active Captain: https://activecaptain.com/index.php I searched and didn't see much mention of it here. My area doesn't seem to have a large catalog of data points, but in other more popular areas, there seem to be many bits of coveted local knowledge. Check it out!
  20. I asked this in another thread, but thought this unit could use its own thread. My speedometer in my '98 2130SS isn't working. I don't know if it's the gauge or a clogged/kinked pitot tube - it seems a lot of people have trouble with clogged pitot tubes and that the speedometers are never really accurate anyways. Speedhut makes a simple in-dash analog style GPS speedometer: Speedhut in-dash GPS Speedometer There's no tube or sensor to be hooked up - the antenna just needs to placed in an open location to receive GPS signals. The best part is that they are customizable for style - font, bezel color/style, dial color, backlight color, and needle color. Has anyone ever used one of these? - Adam
  21. I'm looking to buy a hand held GPS to use boating & for hiking. While the boat mounted systems look great I need the versatility of a hand held. Considering going with a Garmin Oregon. Would appreciate any input on current hand held GPS units. Thanks!