- May 28, 2013
- Boat Info
- 2004 420 DB, GHS Hydraulic Lift
Garmin 8600/Garmin 1222 plus
AB Mares 10 VSX with 30 hp Tohatsu
- Cummins 450C 8.3 L Turbocharged
At first I thought this remote would be a novelty item that rarely gets used. However I'm really loving this thing. With the upgrade to the Garmin reactor autopilot and the ghc 50, this thing really shines. I can walk the boat thru the harbor with just a turn of the knob. Truly impressive on Garmin's part. I'm constantly leaning forward to adjust settings and flipping between my Garmin "smart mode" screens. Call me a Garmin fan boy because this remote just works as it should. Can't say enough good things about it. The only knock I will give it is that if you leave the batteries in they will die in a very short timeframe. Seems as if it doesn't power down when not in use. Therefore I have to remove the battery after every use. I can live with that based on the usability of this remote. Just a couple pics of how I added it to my helm seat. Seats are due for a refresh soon so I may come up with a smoother integration but for now it suits my needs. I didn't want to mount directly in the arm rest of the helm seat as I think the armrests are a bit small. I also wanted it to be easily accessible yet removable and not impede comfort of the helm seat. Credits to @MasterFab who milled and fitted the aluminum housing. He also made a nice teak base that I'm waiting to install when I have the seats redone.