ebay is your friend.
find what you think you want and buy it there. mebbe you dont like the instrument and want a different brand--you not spending 5000 usd on the item so you have lee way .
everyone sez go for new--ha ha ha you can do just fine with older stuff,. it aint like the world has changed--just the technology. big deal.
if you have the basic stuff you seek on the boat, upgrading is not as difficult.
of course, in this day and age of keeping up with joneses electronically, you may want to go to overpriced chandlery
and pick out your favorite color and background and size unit...
no, they dont come in purple or pink...
isnt that why " everyone" is writing to forums
to ask what others are using????
personally, i kinda prefer my garmin
498. nice n old, cheap
, and has everything i need. even ais
if i can figger out nmea
oh yes---tell tales-- you all buy garbage bags with ties?? i use the ties, split in half, tied to shrouds. works great.