Originally Posted by tafoggycove
Looking to up grade all the electronics
on the Gulfstar
50 I just purchased.
The boat has nothing(good thing) on it so we are starting from scratch.
Will be living aboard
and cruising full time.
Looking for-radar,vhf,ssb and chartplotter
I like the Icom
802 w/140 tuner
Possibly the Raymarine
All input is appreciated
Well, I would perhaps back-up a moment. By far the most important piece of equipment
on a cruising boat is the self steering
. I am presuming you will have an electronic autopilot
and not a wind vane
. So, I would start with the Autopilot
By far the best sailing autopilots around today are B&G and NKE.
is essential for good autopilot performance and other things (like a stable arpa on the radar). You want a good 2 or 3 axis rate gyro, with fast data rate and pitch
and roll data. You want it to output native format (not NMEA) to the autopilot. B&G and NKE obviously have quite good compasses, but Maritron and fruno also have acceptable ones (depending on native autopilot format compatibility).
You then need an autopilot drive with less than 10 second hard over to hard over time, but that's really mechanical and not electronics
, so lets skip the details for here.
I happen to like and use a lot the function of steer to wind
angle, and for me I think it is then best to use the same instruments as the autopilot. Theoretically this is not necessary with NMEA 2000
, but native format will increase the data rate and more importantly give you a single
tech support person to talk to/fix problems (that's in my mind the worst aspect of the 'mix and match with NMEA200 bus' approach - you have multiple tech support people who will be pointing fingers at each other when something goes wrong). But you could get away with a simplier wind
instrument system or none at all if you don't want to be able to steer by wind angle.
The next big item is the chart plotter/radar system. We have already talked about the compass
options, you need a radar
that can use that compass for stable N up and ARPA. The furuno
is excellent and would be the obvious choice except you have to go with NAvnet
3d and it still has some serious charting problems (and a few other bugs) if you want to leave US waters. So for right now I would do the Simrad
digital radar or the Furuno Navnet
2D - leaning toward which ever the compass you picked talks best to.
The icom stuff is good gear
. I have not been happy with their after sales service
(extremely arrogant), but fortunately their gear
is usually so well built you don't need it.