Ask PYS: Chartplotters

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Chartplotter Flickering and Turning Off, on Feb 21, 2017 asked:

I took my boat back to the marina today. Everything worked well, until my chartplotter shut down on its own after about 90 minutes. After messing around with breakers and buttons it restarted after pressing the “asterisks” button, we think that’s what did it. It fired up, got a signal and we carried on as normal. When we arrived at the marina for our lift out, it quit just before we docked. The warning tone goes on intermittently and will not stop. Once in a while, the screen flickers and I am able to get the unit going by pressing the “astericks” button, but I cannot shut it down properly. Normally, you hold the power button down while it counts down to shutoff. Now it just shuts off immediately and proceeds to give a warning tone and seems to want to restart, but won’t. I turned my battery switches off and left. Any ideas ? - Rudy

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Does PYS Offer Consulting Services?, on Aug 16, 2016 asked:

I have seen your YouTube videos of the boat show classes. Nice work! You are knowledgeable. Since I am in San Diego, I cannot come in and see you, but am wondering if you are available for hire as a consultant? My wife and I are having a 53 foot offshore sailing catamaran built that we plan to circumnavigate. I specified B&G over Raymarine, since I have heard from multiple sources that Raymarine’s quality was low over the past few years, but is now improving under FLIR. However, I hear B&G is still good quality, fewer repairs. In addition, B&G has a plant in Ensenada, Mexico which is 70 miles away. I am not an engineer, therefore my trade-off is to have less bells and whistles and/or “technical” systems in exchange for fewer repairs and quality construction since we are going to be in remote places and I don’t want to deal with repairs in or out of civilization. The builder will install the chosen system and space is available for any size. Can I hire you for your advice? -Bryan

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What does it Mean When Your Inverter is “Searching”? – Ken, on Jun 19, 2015 asked:

We took our boat to Kitimat last week and everything worked great. The only thing that happened, which I didn’t understand, was the inverter would say “searching” when it wasn’t being used? I would have to go to the remote and turn it off, and then back on to get it working again. Any idea of what is causing this? Also, with our Garmin GPSMap, are there any updates we should be doing? Are there updated charts we should be using? Everything is working well, just wondering about updates?

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Garmin BlueChart – Greig, on Mar 29, 2015 asked:

During my research I noticed that Garmin has their own set of maps, but Simrad and others accept other map cards. How are the Garmin maps for our region? Have you heard any complaints about accuracy or detail for west coast waters?

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Patrick – Laptop with Navigation vs. Chartplotter, on Nov 16, 2014 asked:

I have an older 26 ft. Campion Sport Cruiser and I am researching which chartplotter gives me the best bang for my money. I keep coming back to a hand held GPS (or mounted antenna) in combination with a cheap laptop with navigation software installed. For the cost of one of the new chartplotters I can get a much bigger screen, better resolution, more computing power, a multi-functioning machine that I can replace four or five times before I come close to matching the price of one of the new HD chartplotter/fishfinders that are mentioned in the latest Pacific Yachting issue. Why wouldn't I do this and spend the money saved on a new fishing rod and an electric downrigger?

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Larry – Linking iPad to Autohelm, on Oct 26, 2014 asked:

As you know I have a Catalina 36 and PYS updated my entire electrical system with proper fusing and wiring. Now I have an old Raymarine system with chartplotter, radar, autohelm etc. It is an RL70 and has an ST600R remote controller. Now the readout on this unit is black and white—probably 1998 vintage. I have been using the Navionics Charts app on my iPhone and find it easier to see where I am going than the big pedestal unit. I now have an iPad with a Navionics app for charts and tides with GPS and it is even easier to see and work with. I would like to know if it is possible to communicate the autohelm with the iPad Navionics where I can put in routes etc. If possible, what else do I need to purchase to achieve this?

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Anne – Marine Cameras, on Jun 16, 2014 asked:

Does PYS sell any equipment that allows us to fish while viewing a screen showing where our boat is heading via a mounted camera? We currently have Garmin electronics.

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John – Chartplotter and Transducer, on Mar 09, 2014 asked:

What makes the Furuno 1870 a good choice for a chartplotter/sounder? Also, what would you recommend for a new in-hull transducer? I understand a through-hull will work better, but my main concern is to see bottom structure at anchoring depths of less than 60 feet.

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Ed, on Dec 02, 2013 asked:

I have a Standard Horizon CP2000 chart plotter on the command bridge and my Furuno Radar at the main helm station. I generally prefer to pilot from the command bridge. What is needed to have the radar image overlaid onto the plotter screen?

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John, on Sep 03, 2013 asked:

Hi Jeff, what are various choices to enhance my navigation system?

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