Personally, I'm a mix and match guy. But if you want everything from one manufacturer, and you want the best system overall, I will buck the trend here and say Navico
, which is Simrad and B&G.
The most important part of a system is the autopilot
, and Simrad is going to kick everyone else to the side on this. Absolutely no comparison. Those who argue differently have not used one.
For radar, Simrad has broadband
, which nobody else does. If you prefer pulse, their pulsed radar is going to be as good as anyone else's except Furuno
For small cockpit
MFD instruments, you have B&G's Tritons, which right now there is nothing that compares to them. Raymarine's i70 is the only other one that comes close, but it is a big gap. Simrad has equivalent models to the Triton with a few less functions on them.
For chartplotters, the Simrad series (multiple choices like everyone else) are good, intuitive and use both Navionics and CMap cartography. The B&G Zeus, which is the same as the Simrad with additional capabilities, is simply amazing if you are interested in the technical side of sailing. No other chartplotter
will calculate and use polars, and run laylines constantly updated using wind
, speed, COG and current
I think most of the answers so far have focused mostly on the chartplotter and not the overall system components.
You did not mention what your boat is, but if it is a larger build, it is very important to make the correct decision on the autopilot
, and you should be focussing there. If a smaller boat, then most of the pilots will work, and some will provide you with more functionality.
You also did not say where you planned to sail. If in fog
, then radar becomes a big factor in your decision.
If you plan to race
at all, cockpit
MFD's are important.
If you are building a large boat that you plan to race
, then you should not buy all of your gear
from a single