Originally Posted by OrangeCrush
I heard from Furuno and as you said the newer plotters won't overlay that radar. Honestly I'm not sure I love the new plotters and I don't like the idea of paying an extra grand just for touch. I'm thinking I might just buy a used (but newer) plotter and learn to live with my existing radar display. There is a 3D MFD 12 (like yours perhaps Chris?) on ebay with a warrantee for $1500, which is about the most I would like to pay right now. Does this sound like a decent approach or is it really that important to get the latest processor, etc.? Down the line I can upgrade the radar to get an overlay if I feel the need.
I tend to bite the bullet upfront, er... eventually
... so I get the benefit of "enjoying" the gizmo for as long as possible.
The eventually part, in our current
case, was that I spent a couple years with the original owner's gizmos, knowing that the plotter sucked, but not yet knowing what else I wanted to replace at the same time.
So eventually, IOW after a couple, I went through a whole re-do. Kept the original Furuno radar and DGPS, but went to the new plotter (MFD-12) and it's GPS
, replaced the original fishfinder
and transducer, added another sounder and tri-ducer, added autopilot
... replaced the two mis-matched radios with new (so they both work the same), etc.
An arm and a leg later, I've been working with that stuff for about 9 years now... a much better solution for us than it would have been to pick away at it over time.
That said... your budget
is your budget
. I wouldn't be worried about buying
a warranted MFD-12, assuming reputable seller and warranty provider. (That wouldn't be Furuno direct, right?)
And I've not been at all hampered by having the radar on a separate display; in fact, that's my preference anyway, and even if I'd bought a new over-layable (?) radar, I would still have it displayed on it's own monitor
100% of the time... and maybe overlayed on the plotter only very occasionally.
Changing to an over-layable radar on an MFD-12 later sounds possible, but then you might be getting into life-cycle issues with the MFD-12. There's a point where manufacturers simply stop supporting electronics
; I don't know how Furuno does at that... none of our hardware
has ever broken, so haven't had to deal with support much. Needed their help with a software glitch one, turned out to be easy fix: instructions on how to deal with a documented bug followed by a software update. Still, I suspect life-cycle possibilities might be a thing to think on for maybe a nano-second or so. Might be that when you're ready to buy a new radar that will overlay, the MFD-12 might not accept it. Or it might. (Or might be cause for a good philosophical question to Furuno.)
The MFD-12 uses an external GPS
module (at least ours does) so you'd need that too, if it's not included in the eBay package. I think it's a GP-320B or a GP-330B, something like that.