I bought my PSC 34 in Punta Gorda last summer, sailed her back with no working electronics
. Now that I've sold my old boat, I'm investing a little in upgrades, including electronics
. I'd love some input on what I've got planned, which is pretty basic. The boat will be sailed actively up and down the east coast
, and often singlehanded. So far I have installed a Matrix AIS VHF
, and I've got a Raymarine
waiting in the box. This comes with the 6002 display. I also have a Garmin
from my old boat which still works pretty well and a cockpit
mic for the MAtrix.
Here's the info I really want at the helm
3)wind speed and direction
I've never had a wind
instrument but I think it will help me judge wind
speeds a little better. If it were only for this I'd skip it, but I think my wife and other crew would benefit from it. Like for instance, I can have crew wake me up if wind speeds increase above a set threshold or something. As if it wouldn't wake me up anyway
Can you actually set an alarm
on them like with depth
? This would be handy at anchor
. Or I could save a ton and buy a little hand-held job?
OK, so I don't want a bunch of pods and stuff at the helm
. I'm thinking my existing chartplotter
on an arm, and maybe upgrade to 5** series Garmin
. In addition, the autopilot
which can repeat data from other Raymarine
instruments, also mounted on pedestal
guard, perhaps below the chartplotter on same side - stbd. I also have the existing slot over the companionway
where the old NExus display was mounted, so I can put the depth/temp there.
Too bad the st6002 just repeats data, so I can't just add a sounder or anemometer and use that as a display. I think this means I need two additional instruments besides the 6002, one for depth/temp, one for wind. One of them I could mount below and repeat data on 6002, the other in the slot above companionway
. This means I've got to have the autopilot
on to get the other data, no? That's not optimal, and I'm trying to avoid too much networking. I don't want to be too much of a luddite about it though, and a failure of the instrument systems would be an aggravation but by no means would it really slow me down until I could fix it.
The Tacktick is a curveball here, and now that I've got interest in wind instrument, it is appealing. I could get a Tacktick system and bypass the whole Raymarine program.
The only other thing I think would be nice is XM weather
on the chartplotter. This means chartplotter upgrade though. I could also use the other transducer space and add a second depth
transducer to chartplotter/sounder combo.
Sorry so long, thanks for your input if you're moved...