Originally Posted by goboatingnow
AT the moment SIMRAD
are way out in front
I just completely replaced all the electronics
on a 54 foot sailboat. I created an entirely new NMEA2000 network (two of them, actually) and went with mostly Simrad (B&G) and Maretron components.
B&G Zeus 8" MFD's at the helm
and nav table
B&G (Simrad) 4G radar
Simrad AC42 pilot
Airmar H2183 gyro stabilized compass
Airmar ultrasonic log (connected to NMEA0183 through Actisense bridge)
Airmar N2K depth/temp
B&G Triton instrument displays (5x so far) -- 3x at scuttle, one at helm
, one at nav table
Maretron DMS250 display at nav table
B&G pilot keypad at helm (a Triton, and the Zeus's, areused as pilot control)
Maretron temperature module
Maretron WSO100 ultrasonic wind
Actisense N2K-USB bridge for laptop navigation
Sitek NMEA2000/USB black box AIS
I've only just commisioned it so not much experience yet, but so far seems absolutely brilliant.
I wouldn't make a blanket statement that "Simrad is far out in front", although I went with mostly Simrad gear
myself. The new Raymarine gear
looks excellent too; and Furuno
is a perennial favorite although it is now, I think, distinctly costlier since Simrad and Raymarine
are apparently engaged in a price
war at the moment.
One bit of advice: If you are doing a complete new install, ditch all (or as much as you can) NMEA0183 stuff and go all-N2K. NMEA0183 has a lot of disadvantages and limitations, and is well on its way to obsolescence.