I've acquired a "new" boat, and I'm currently working my way slowly through all the systems, refurbishing that which has a lot of life left in it and replacing that which does not.
currently I'm looking at the wind
speed and direction instruments... the masthead is not responding and looks to be damaged. the bulkhead displays look to be in half-decent condition, but I know from previous experience that I can drop a few hundred dollars into a new masthead unit and *still* not have working gear
, so this time around I'm curious... what is the current
line of thinking for good, solid, reliable modern cruising instruments?
I'd really like it if they spoke NMEA
, but really don't care for bells and whistles past that - my primary interest is definitely longterm reliability
. I'm technical enough to figure out my own "fancy" displays with Signal-K and my iPad
and such, but for now I'd just like simple, reliable instruments to build into the cockpit
my goals are to leave on an extended multi-year cruise
in the South Pacific
in about six months - and if that proves to be as fun as I think it will be, I may push through and try to circumnavigate (though I imagine there's a high possibility I'll get stuck in the Mediterranean
for a few years).
what are your thoughts? what's great out there in 2016? is it better to stay with NMEA
senders and multi-displays, or dedicated analogue meters? what brands do you love, and why?