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CaptJeff

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Hello All. Although not new to boating I am new to GW. I am in the process of buying a used 20' Escape, primarily for use in fishing around the CBBT, Lynnhaven and local area. The boat will come with a compass and safety equipment but that's it. I already have an anchor.

What would anyone recommend for a fishfinder/depthfinder, marine radio, gps, etc? Are there any good local sources for electronics in the Tidewater area? I do not need the top of the line but I do want decent stuff.

Thanks in advance..................

Jeff
 

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Up here in Connecticut we've got Defender Industries and in the spring they have their "Tent Sale". Lots of great deals, factory reps etc.
It could be worth the trip up or order online and get the same deals.
 

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Hey Jeff, welcome. I have a 208 so basically the same boat as you. After having numerous problems with Lowrance products I switched to Garmin about 4-5 yrs ago and haven't had a moments trouble. I have a 498 which is no longer made but they offer several models that are similar. Your budget has a lot to do with your choice. A FF/GPS combo with a 5" screen is a good choice but when you are in split screen mode it can be tough to see.
I recommend that you go to West Marine and look at the different models in simulator mode. Stand at a distance that is approximately the same as you would experience on the boat to get an idea of screen sizes. Play with the features and ask questions. The link below is a good online source.

www.boemarine.com