The decision making process described by many here seems to relate to the primary concern being the software
itself. My thought processes start with... which cartography!! Then which software
for me have been the kings of liesure boating
charting since day one when I had my first CF85 chart cartridge. So with this in mind it eliminates several interesting players, Rosepoint for one.
I purchased my first copy of Nobeltec Admiral V10 in summer 2009. This was a test copy as I was considering completly eliminating conventional MFD's (at that time Raymarine) and switching to ALL pc. I hooked up my laptop
and found that I enjoyed using Nobeltec, it was faster and more feature rich than the Raymarine gear
I had so I bit the bullet in winter 2009/2010, completely ripped out all the previous "standard" marine electronics
save my trusty Simrad
The season of 2010 was brilliant, the solution worked well and any hiccups were with the "marine" transducers etc on the N2K backbone. Admiral is a great package, ethernet radar
, superb port management, great screen
presentation and tools. Sure one can identify improvements and wish fors but overall a good buy. Now with 11 released, bingo the prime benifit of PC based solutions, a small cost and you have the latest software, not throw out a $5000 MFD and get a new one!
Support has been testing at times, dealers seem to no nothing and thats being generous, and it does appear that Nobeltec have been struggling to deal with a lot of crap internally. But I have found Joel to be responsive and helpful, and honest, by telling it the way it is, without him I might not have continued with the product. Its another story about the CEO however, Bill washburn, I do not think he cares a jot about the punters who buy his product, he certainly cannot even respond to simple polite emails with even a short acknowledgement, even through a PA! But staff come and.... they go!
I think if you look at all the packages, one could make a brilliant solution, by selecting bits of all of them, and this in itself makes life difficult, one company may create the ideal way of handling and presenting something, a competitor cannot copy so they do it another way; then we all say well this is not as good.