Electronics upgrade - 2005 390

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by Sindbad, Jun 3, 2016.

  1. Sindbad

    Sindbad Member SILVER Sponsor

    155
    Apr 11, 2010
    Belle Maer Harbor
    340 Sundancer 2006
    390 Sundancer 2005
    8.1L Horizons (2006)
    8.1L HO (2005)
    Second owner of this 2005 390; Looking at upgrading navigation electronics which are original items. Strongly considering ditching the Smartcraft unit for various reasons. I like the info it provides, but it is not consistent; don't feel it is totally reliable, especially given other options on market. The Raymarine C120 is not bad, but is vintage compared to today's options.......which are many. All input appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Frank
     
  2. SmilingMonkey

    SmilingMonkey Member

    222
    Oct 12, 2015
    Narragansett Bay
    2016 Sundancer 350
    8.2L, Bravo 3x, DTS, Axius
    I just replaced my Raymarine C80 with a Raymarine e97. The MFD replacement was an easy swap, the radar was a little more difficult because I had to snake wires.

    I love the e97, it's a great unit. Unfortunately, you just missed out on Raymarine's rebate program which just ended on 5/31.

    You'll find that people either like Garmin or Raymarine based on what they have experience with. They're pretty much the same. The both offer charting, radar, and sonar capabilities it's primarily just the interface that's different. Go to West Marine (or somewhere) and play with both units side by side, then make your decision.

    Defender usually has some good prices.
     
  3. Sindbad

    Sindbad Member SILVER Sponsor

    155
    Apr 11, 2010
    Belle Maer Harbor
    340 Sundancer 2006
    390 Sundancer 2005
    8.1L Horizons (2006)
    8.1L HO (2005)
    Thanks for the information. Are you aware of what product can replace the Smartcraft unit?
     
  4. SmilingMonkey

    SmilingMonkey Member

    222
    Oct 12, 2015
    Narragansett Bay
    2016 Sundancer 350
    8.2L, Bravo 3x, DTS, Axius
    sorry, can't help you there
     
  5. Sindbad

    Sindbad Member SILVER Sponsor

    155
    Apr 11, 2010
    Belle Maer Harbor
    340 Sundancer 2006
    390 Sundancer 2005
    8.1L Horizons (2006)
    8.1L HO (2005)
    roger.....
     

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