Thanks for the reply. Very helpful.
To answer your question regarding "why" Nexus... Honestly, I don't know any better!
I've done a bit of Google
searching for complete instrument packages, ready to install - compared prices - and read reviews
. For whatever reason, the Internet
gods did not guide me towards anything at all related to NMEA
, though I did see things like the multi-function display made by Garmin that you mention.
After reading your post, I once again did a quick search for complete packages built on the NMEA
standard. Either I'm doing something wrong, or no one's making such a thing (or making it easy to find?).
If you happen to have an easy link to a package you think I should take a look at, I'd be happy to see it. Please, keep in mind that I have only the one thru-hull, and so would prefer something with a tri-sensor (depth, speed, temp all on one log) with wireless wind
sensor. The other consideration is cost... I like the Nexus package because it's only ~$1500USD for the complete setup. It might be old, but it seems simple and cheap
. I like that.
One final thought on Nexus, etc... Despite the fact that I work in technology, my boat is blissfully tech-free. I don't mind keeping it that way... and the idea of an active 'network' on the boat - along with temptation to plug
all sorts of junk into it... I might be able to live without
As for the thru-hull diameter, I've had two dealers echo your feelings on going with the 52mm diameter log as opposed to the smaller one. They all seem to think 51mm TackTick thru-hulls are made by the same people who make the 52mm Garmin thru-hulls - and that they are, in fact, the same fitting. If I'm lucky, it'll be a simple swap-and-play.