Originally Posted by goboatingnow
Im saving for a Garmin
system. but the cetrek one is part of the whole cetrek network of electronic compass and display, rudder
angle display, so I have to replace 3 instruments, a compass, junction box/processor
I found it very poor in any seaway as a pilot.
You're going for the Garmin. Very interesting. I've been thinking about the Garmin but just haven't seen enough history
and real world reports to make the decision. Based on history
and reputation was leaning towards Simrad
or B&G unless I could get a better feel for the Garmin.
In general I have been very happy with Garmin products: several years of Garmin GPSs in cars, I have several friends with 740s plotters in their boats and every single
person loves them. In general I think Garmin is very user friendly, great value for the money
, reliable, etc. Might not be the leading edge, state of the art but my budget
isn't state of the art anyway. So based on all the above I have bee very tempted by their AP.
But, warm and fuzzy feeling for the brand is not a great reason for deciding to buy their AP. So what made you decide on the Garmin? Know sailors that have used them? Looked at the guts on one? Talked to the Garmin engineers? And what drive unit? That's a whole subject on it's own.
Completely agree on the Cetrek. But it was very reliable when I had one.