At the beginning of summer, I installed a Garmin
6208 chart plotter with Garmin's HD 18 radar. I also added the AIS that transmits and Garmin's sailing instruments. The installation
, though somewhat time-consuming, was straight-forward enough and everything worked right out of the box - including the interface with my 15-year old autopilot.
Because of my autopilot's age, I seriously considered replacing it as well but upon looking at the Garmin autopilot offering carefully, I decided that their product is much better suited to power boats. The dealer with whom I was working on this project
Fair winds and calm seas.