What’s in the box? Included accessories change the cost of marine electronics

Ben Stein

Ben Stein

Publisher of Panbo.com, passionate marine electronics enthusiast, 100-ton USCG master.

6 Responses

  1. Scott C says:

    Am I crazy or did there use to be more ‘commercial’ vs ‘installer’ SKUs? I’ve been shopping CZone hardware recently, and they do it with ‘with and without connectors/boots/seals’ as the delineation between ‘install version with no pack-ins’ and the ‘diy version with all that you need’. And for the digital switching stuff, a fairly narrow scope of deployment/connections, it makes sense. If you’re a yacht builder, you’ve probably got a wire harness manufacturer who does the connectors/boots/seals, and if your diy, you need everything. But, having said that, they don’t include a ring terminal for the incoming power, nor a selection of fuses, only 20a (max per circuit) which you should probably change for your application. Those would be hard to pack-in because you start getting way more application specific with wire sizes and fuses.

    I’ve generally tended towards buying ‘installer’ SKUs knowing that there is a bunch of extra stuff I’ll need to buy, just because then I know I need to get all that equipment regardless, and I generally know there is about a week of shopping after buying the ‘big item’ where I remember all the ‘little items’ that will need to go with it. I just sort of plan my installs to work that way.

    I do wish manufactures were better about saying ‘here’s all the other crap you need to buy’ in a more digestible format. For instance CZone doesn’t say anywhere I found what the ring terminal size is for their power lugs. Sure would be nice to have that info.

  2. The Furuno MFD has a big fat bundle of cables coming out the back. (apparently instead of connectors)

    Where they real nail someone is the bracket $230 if it’s not panel/flush mount. I think was closer to $300 but they dropped it a bit. https://www.furunousa.com/en/products/001-563-930-00


    Their ethernet parts are very expensive too, but someone who knows ethernet networking can do much better.

  3. greg young greg young says:

    great to see you calling this out, as its been a gripe of mine (as a raymarine axiom purchaser)
    but i didnt have ability to do the comparisons.

    One thing to note on your raymarine review, its apparently changed on the more recent Axiom packages (good), because the original Axiom 12 (i have two) .. used a “non raymarine Nmea2000” connector (same connector as garmin) on a very short fly lead… that neccesitated a raymarine n2k backbone user … to then have to,purchase yet another raymarine adaptor cable .. hence pushing up the cost
    .. and as we all know from painful experience, proprietary cables/connectors (eg raymarine SeatalkNG.. are ridiculosuly expensive … the term extortion is often used .. including by raymarine retailers!)

    keep up,the great work…

  4. Butch Davis says:

    Perhaps makers could include accessory packs as options. Then those who want more can buy it with the device and pay a bit more.

  5. Grant Jenkins says:

    Good article, Ben…. FYI, the link to the SImrad IS42 is actually for an IS35 accessory…

  6. Timo Giling Timo Giling says:

    My way of thinking is completely different. Because every install is different the provided cables and other additional stuff in the box is rarely usable. I hate wires that are way too long and thus require bulky coils to be stuffed somewhere. I hate wires that are a bit too short even more. And in some cases you can just reuse the old cables and end up with a bunch of ‘brand new spares’. I rather buy the install-stuff I really need separately, in the right amounts and lengths. So, when all this is included in the box I think: “I payed too much for this piece of equipment”.

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