OK, you asked for what other people are doing, and you probably weren't interested in all of the polemics. I will tell you what I have chosen for my own boat, without any un
unecessary additional information.
I want broadband
radar, so that limits me to Simrad. I have used Raymarine
for years and generally like it, but all my research
indicates that Simrad is perhaps even better.
I have always used and will always want to have a totally integrated system; there's another thread where you can read the pros and cons of this, so I won't go into it.
I chose the 12" NSE plotter for the nav table, to replace a Ray RL80CRC+. An 8" NSE plotter at the helm
, to replace a Ray RL70. The improved broadband
radar. The Simrad autopilot control head (which works with my existing autopilot hydraulic pump). Airmar (or Maretron) ultrasonic wind instrument. Simrad AIS transceiver and GPS sensor. Simrad gyro-stabilized fluxgate
That will cost me something like $13k without installation
. I will leave my Ray wind, depth, and speed displays for now -- to replace those would be another hefty chunk of change.
Now, for backup:
1. An IPad
and complete set of Navionics charts
2. An old Garmin
hand-held GPS without chart functions, kept in a tin cookie box for lightning
protection. With spare lithium batteries.
3. Paper charts and pilot books
for every place I plan to visit, plus protractors, etc.
4. Hand-bearing compass for taking bearings the old-fashioned way.
5. I have a separate free-standing, non-networked, forward-looking sonar unit which gives a redundant source of depth data.
So if the main navigation
system goes down, I have the IPad
, which is an entirely usable chart plotter.
If everything electronic on board is burned up by a lightning
strike, I still have the hand-held Garmin
plus paper charts, plus hand-bearing compass. Since I sailed for decades with a simple GPS plus paper charts, no additional skills need to be acquired, in my case.
That's my wish list -- what you asked for.