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  1. Jomace

    vhf marine radio

    How do I find out my boats MMSI ? my VHF radio will not transmit any DSC calls ( I don't know what DSC is) until it is entered and I have no clue. Any help will be greatly appreciated
  2. Kamacaru

    Anyone have the Garmin VHF 300?

    I am looking to see if anyone else has the Garmin VHF 300? Looking for feedback from current users, as I can not seem to find any reviews that are worth reading online. What do you like, what don't you like. I have limited helm space for radio mount, looking to stay compact.
  3. Onefastaudi

    VHF radio replacement

    Hello y'all. I hope everybody had a great Turkey day! Maybe even took their boat out! The time has come for us to replace the VHF radio. I have a Raymarine VHF 215 right now. I am looking for a suitable replacement. VHF218 maybe? Should I stay with Raymarine, if I switch to something else than Raymarine, should I be concern with any of the wiring and connections? Thank you for your input!
  4. Hello, I just purchased the 2016 Chap 230 (looks a lot like the 250) Suncoast. I like to install a VHF radio and my local dealer can do this but I do not want to install it on the dashboard but somewhere below that. I'm looking at two radios, Standard Horizon GX1700W Standard Explorer GPS VHF and the Lowrance Link-5 VHF. Given the GX1700W has a GPS antenna on the face of the rig, putting the rig somewhere below the dashboard would interfere with a clear signal to the satellite, I think my best option is to get the Link-5 and connect it to the Garmin Nav/Fish finder. Anybody had any experience with this setup? Opinions on buying one or the other? Why bother? Any thoughts Welcomed Thank you so much!!!!!! Been very busy of late but thought I update this post. Here is where I finally placed the radio, works great too!!
  5. CaptScott

    VHF Install-256 SSi

    Flush mounted the VHF in my 256 and it was pretty easy and smooth as far as projects go. If I could do it again I would have mounted the radio further port and had the mic on the other side. The display is not all that easy to see but it works just fine when you need to use it. The radio itself is OK. Some photos are missing but I will come back and add them in as I get time. First I removed the access panel from the helm locker so I could see what all was back there, if I had clearance and to protect the wiring coming off the breaker. I had plenty of clearance but I wedged a small piece of plywood in there on top of the wires in case I slipped with the bit or it broke off and went flying. Next, I taped the template and then took a ruler and a Sharpie to transfer the pattern onto the fiberglass. Then I drilled a hole in the center and went to town with a Dremel and multipurpose cutting bit. cutting just to the inside line of the Sharpie marks. I then test fit and took a sanding wheel on the Dremel to clean up the edges (not pictured after sanding). Shop vac with a VacuFlex attachment (highly recommend getting this, great for small areas and drains on the boat). (No picture) I crimped on connectors and wired the + to the ACC breaker which had an open tab and wired the - to the ground block in the helm console. Used the flush mount kit and tightened everything down. (No picture) Next I read the wiring diagrams and crimped on a RJ45 connector to the NEMA in/outs on the radio and Garmin and everything was all set. Antenna mounting was relatively easy. Just drilled, sealed with 5200 and fished the antenna wire down through the arch. The height is a bit deceiving in the photo. The top of the antenna is the same height as the top of the white all around on the arch. Antenna is a Shakespeare 4' 3dB
  6. CaptScott

    New to me-256ssi-Introduction

    Sorry for the duplicate posts, not starting off on the right foot here. Hello all, Sorry for the lengthy post. Most is background on our new boat although I do have a head question. Thanks very much for reading and letting me in the club. I have lurked a bit and found some very valuable information here. In December we purchased a 2005 256 ssi with the Volvo 8.1L GXi, captains call exhaust and arch (270hrs) and have naturally been itching to get on the water. We got lucky here in VA and had some good weather to do a sea trial with a surveyor, Capt. Emory Shover based here in northern VA. Highly recommend him. Also had a certified Volvo mech take a look at the engine and drive. Everything major checked out and the survey was money well spent as there was a bad aux breaker and fresh water pump which the PO paid for out of pocket. I am in the process of having my canvas guy look at a few tears in the factory cockpit cover to see if he wants to repair or if I need to just bite the bullet and replace entirely. Thanks to you guys, I checked all of my cup holder drain and other drain hoses (front cooler) and found a number of them were disconnected so will get to those before we splash for the season. the boat will be slipped in fresh water in the Potomac from April 1 thru mid October and after much research we are going to have the bottom barrier coated and painted with a multi-year "hard ablative" like Pettit vivid. Stereo-The boat has an upgraded sound system (but stock HU and remotes which both work). I know the PO installed a JBL amp and MB quart speakers but have not had a chance to fully inventory what all is there, if he wired it correctly and what I will replace, if not this year than next. VHF- The boat does not have a VHF installed. I plan to flush mount under the steering wheel as I think I have seen one other member's install on this forum. Is there enough depth there? I have not had a chance to pull the breaker panel to check. I'm not on the radio that much so not sure if I'll go for a mic with a display as I know it will be difficult to see the main in this install location. Will likely go for a mic with a speaker or mount an external-when the CG up here in D.C. needs to raise you, its a lot better to answer on the radio to avoid the hassle of a stop. As far as the antenna goes, I plan to mount a 4' Shakespeare Centennial antenna 3/4 of the way up the side of the starboard arch. Carpet- Factory grey carpet is in OK shape but I am not in love with the color. I had snapincarpet dot com send me samples and I think we will have them make us a new carpet using the desert sand berber they offer. Open to ideas here if anyone recommends a different outfit or carpet choice. Head- Here comes my main question. I currently have the raw water manual flush Jabsco head and while this is OK I often have female guests on board and I can already see it being a pain to use the manual pump in the rare occasion that the head is even used. #1 only will be the rule, no excuse for anything else-we are always close enough to a marina or other facilities should the need arise. Additionally, as the boat is slipped I would not be 100% comfortable leaving the seacock open and quite frankly it is a bit of a pain to reach down to the bottom of the bilge to open and close, not to mention the horrors I've read about regarding the smell that raw water systems have on the intake side (even with strainers and chlorine tablets). That being said I am seriously considering replacing the head with a unit called the Raritan Sea Era. I would go for the fresh water version and correctly install the appropriate vacuum breaker, solenoid and loop to prevent any fresh water contamination. Note, this head IS designed for fresh water use, so all the info about not converting a raw water to fresh water head is not a concern, as I understand it. I have spoken ad nauseum to many folks about this but am open to hearing any thoughts from those of you that have experience in this area. I am wondering if anyone has tried anything similar? I know Jebsco makes an electronic raw water unit as does Raritan but would love the fresh water pressurized version that I have listed. Quieter, cleaner, easier, and a little less water which is a big deal with the meek 4gal holding tank on this boat. Should I give this a try or is it not worh the effort for the little use the head will see? Chartplotter- The PO made a fiberglass mount to cover the compass mounting location and installed a Garmin 178C which will be fine for now. I have an aux compass and appropriate charts. Oil- What are you guys using in the big block Volvos? Not sure what the PO actually used. I want to go Mobil 1 but know from cars that switching to a full, high viscosity syn later in the game can cause leaks. Thoughts? Bilge- I will likely be adding a manually switched diaphragm pump with the pickup in the low point of the bilge to get any remaining water out. Being slipped I don't have the luxury of pulling the drain plug to get the last inch or so and I hate not having a dry bilge. Lighting- Taking the lead of many here and replacing with LEDs as well as adding surface mount LED rounds to the arch. Trim Tabs- Going to boat this season without them and see how she handles. Likely on the list (no pun intended) for next year. Batteries- PO had installed two brand new group 27 batteries and they are sitting in my carpeted basement on a digital charger. I am going to remove the factory switch (Off, 1, 2, Both) and install the Blue Seas ACR and switch as we had it on our previous boat and it greatly simplified things, especially for my father who occasionally uses the boat. I want to permanently mount solar panels to the top of the arch and connect them to a charge controller and the batteries for maintenance but I am not sure the best way to do this. If anyone has experience with a similar set up it would be helpful to have some insight. I will do my best to document all of my projects and include write-ups here on the forum. Not diving into any until mid-march at the earliest. Thanks very much for reading and any insights. CaptScott