Staff Picks for Fall 2011

These are some of the products we install regularly, like to use ourselves, and hear great things about from many happy clients. Different opinions? Let us know what are your favourite marine products.


Garmin GMI 10 Instrument Display

PROs:

  • High resolution graphic display
  • Replaces multiple dedicated instruments
  • N2K and NMEA 0183 connectivity

CONs:

  • Not compatible with all N2K devices
  • Can only use predefined gauge screens from Garmin
  • Maximum 2 fuel tanks

Smart Plug - 30A Boatside Inlet and Connector

PROs:

  • Trip thermostat in inlet cuts power before overheating
  • Straight electrical blades with 20x more contact area
  • Three weatherproof seals

CONs:

  • Existing shorepower cord needs to be modified
  • Need Smartplug adaptor for old 30A receptacle

Intellian i3

PROs:

  • A value solution for satellite TV
  • Provides HDTV reception
  • Compact dish size at 17 in diameter

CONs:

  • Less powerful antenna will reduce reception range
  • Requires MIM to automatically switch between satellites

SPOT HUG

PROs:

  • Works anywhere where there is unobstructed satellite reception
  • Unauthorized movement notification
  • Sensor alert capabilities

CONs:

  • Limited, pre-defined msgs only
  • Reliability concerns
  • Yearly subscription required

Raymarine C-Series Widescreen Multifunction Display

PROs:

  • Built-in GPS
  • Optional 3D cartography
  • Optional DSM30 or DSM300 Digital Fishfinder

CONs:

  • Sirius Radio expensive and requires subscription
  • Trunion Mount is an extra cost
  • Some cables are an extra cost (depending on installation)

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