Shiva is still using a Raymarine
C80 with a 2KW radar
. The unit is fine but I fear it will die or the radar
and then it's time to replace. But the question is with what?
Technology has marched on and will continue to. I am not looking for lots of bells and whistles and having a B&G T7 not thrilled with touch screen
... perhaps hybrid.
I don't spend much time at the nav station... don't bother with routes and waypoints are easy to set up so I don't have extensive waypoint libraries nor see the need for them.
I would like radar in the cockpit
and I suppose N2K allows that. My T7 sits in a winch
under the dodger
so if it could display radar that would be fine. I haven't learned the T7 interface, but perhaps a Zeus T9 to replace the C80 would make sense... and a B&G radar... with the T7 on an N2K network... I assume I can then get radar at both locations.... with the fat cable connected to the one at the nav station.
I am rather clueless and overwhelmed by the options out there. I do want to have repeaters in the cockpit
dash.... replacing the old B&G.. probably with a few 4x4 mfds.
Is there some place where I can really kick the tires on these units? Are there any experts who I can consult with to help make the choice? I am facing a pretty substantial change... probably abandoning the old stuff... maybe keeping the T7.