So two years on from the last post....
I too am now looking to replace all my 2001 Raymarine installation
- chart plotters, Radar, instruments, autopilot
All still works fine but the chart plotter is just toooo old and slow...
I have a Beneteau Oceanis
461 sail boat and consider myself a cruise- not a racer
Following the 2106 Newport boat show
I am getting quotes for a makevoer for both Garmin and Raymarine. I have excluded B&G/Simrad.
Here is a summary of the comments/recommendations that I have received so far. Any additional insight would be appreciated:
Raymarine and Garmin are essentially price
compatible so that issue is not considered here.
Raymarine support has mixed reviews
. Was terrible better of late maybe.
Garmin support immediate and no messing about.
Raymarine and Garmin seem to have equivalent quality.
Raymarine - Current installation
so can retain anemometer, depth
& log/temp transducers
Garmin would require complete replacements
Raymarine uses proprietary protocol Seatalk
NG (which is essentially but not quite NEMA2000) but does offer conversion in and out.
Garmin has fully adopted NEMA2000.
Raymarine uses proprietary cables
Garmin uses standard NEMA2000 cables
grade cables from vendors like Maretron can be used.
Raymarine chart plotters accept three charts
- C-chart, Navionics
and Raymarine Lighthouse (I have Navionics
on my iPad as a backup and planning and it has been excellent.)
Garmin only use Garmin
Raymarine autopilots have a long legacy of working well (mine still does)
Garmin seems to have mixed reviews
in the sailing world...
Raymarine chart plotters provide physical controls plus touch.
Garmin uses touch screens. They do have a large physical control option that does not seem to have good reviews.
Raymarine radar has a long legacy of working well (mine also still works well.)
Garmin is relatively new to the field but no negative reports.
Any additional help in making this key decision would be much appreciate.