We've recently purchased a 49', French designed steel sloop
to sail from South Africa
, the Caribbean
, then US. I would appreciate some suggestions on practical, affordable upgrades to the nav equipment
. Everything is working but is a bit old. We’ve got mostly Raymarine
equipment—st60s for depth
, speed, anemometer, st7000 autopilot
with smart pilot 30, furuno radar
and fixed gps
, digital yacht AIS
(usb output), interphase forward looking sonar, etc. AND, a ray marine
A70 chart plotter, the focus of my question. Most of the equipment
interfaces but the A70 is not repeatable and is currently mounted under the dodger
, accessed standing in the companionway
. It is a decent position to see from the helm
, but I’d rather plan routes at the nav station. We are currently rewiring much of the nav station and putting in a new front panel, so now would be a great time to upgrade.
The options I see are as follows:
-Buy two new chart plotters (rather not).
-Use a laptop
down below and either an iPad
in waterproof case, or a new, wifi
enabled plotter above. The second option would require the iPad
instead of the computer down below, I believe, if I stick with ray marine
; ray marine chart plotters won’t wifi
with a laptop…?
-Use ray marine’s software
, (or even a small desktop
box with flat screen
mounted at nav statiion?) and attempt to access data through adapters, then repeat as above.
All these options would put the a70 as a backup, if I want my data and charts
to interface. I have mac and pc laptops, I have an iPad, i have an LCD flatscreen, I have an excellent marine electrician with many trans-Atlantic deliveries under his belt. As mentioned above, working here in SA (and local currency) , buying
the latest and greatest nav system in not in the cards. Moreover, the latest and greatest might be computer based by now. I know opinions are divided on this, but your sage advice would be much appreciated!
All the best,
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