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Old 25-12-2009, 10:58   #1
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Alternative to Raymarine ST40 Bi-Data System

I am outfitting my boat for coastal cruising. The Raymarine ST40 Bidata System is an attractive product for my purposes. It includes two through-hull transducers, one for depth, the other for speed and temperature. It calculates distance, provides depth alarms, and other features. It's called Bidata, because it can only display two pieces of information at one time. That's okay with me for my purposes, especially at about $280 through on-line retailers. I am, though, concerned about this product, especially given the financial state of Raymarine, as it has been discussed on this forum.

ST40 Bidata System

Would appreciate any suggestions for an alternative to the Raymarine ST40 Bidata System. It appears from my limited research that the closest alternatives are the Furuno F1503 and the Garmin GMI 10. These, though, are much more expensive and appear to require the separate purchase of through-hulls at about $200 a piece.

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Old 25-12-2009, 12:49   #2
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Garmin better networkability, Ray cheaper, Furuno may have some value in it - many pro fishers use Furune equip.

I would stick with st-40. Have never had any issues with it.

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