I was going to post a similar question when I saw this thread. I’d like to add a slight twist.
What would be the best order to build out a complete and integrated system? Assuming budgetary constraints, some items will be added over the next few seasons, and the goal is to be able to integrate as much as possible and not have to swap out already purchased items as time allows for the additions.
I too had sailed a Hunter
22 with no electronics
and now am moving up to a Freedom 39. This new boat will eventually see blue water
, but for the first season or so we plan to keep to the Hudson
River and LI Sound. The original owner had her totally decked out with all the latest electronics
back in the 80s, but all was stripped out by the time I bought her. The only thing only thing present was a depth
transponder, speed paddle, and the autopilot wheel
drive and gyro compass
. As far as navigation
, the pedestal
is still there. Some of the guys at the local boatyard had me going down the path of ‘needing’ everything, but then I ran into a couple who circumnavigated three times with no electronics. So it is more of a working wish-list now.
I have purchased a Standard Horizon CPF300 since it had the largest screen
I could afford. This way I have a GPS
, and depth
, speed, and water
temp with the transponder/sensors. Also, I have a handheld Standard horizon VHF radio
from the old boat. I should be adding wind
speed/direction sensors and VHF antenna
while the masts are down. I was looking at the SimRad radar
, but not sure how it will integrate with the SH CPF300 since they suggest Si-Tex. Also looking at the Raymarine
pilot. A mounted two-way radio
plus an entertainment system are on the list as well as an AIS
(maybe VHF with AIS
receiver that integrates with the GPS).
Maybe I should have started with Raymarine
due to integration. I know that redundancy is a plus, but too much may ding the budget
Any thoughts on a good progression and integration gotchas would be greatly appreciated.