I would like some advice
as to the benefit, if it be so, of ripping out my 14 year old Raymarine SeaTalk
ST60 kit and replacing it with NMEA
2K. Not necessarily from Raymarine
The background is that I have just sailed from Gibraltar
. As we left Gib the Raymarine instruments
, including the autopilot
, went dead. I can tell you that doing a large chunk of 1knm hand steering
is not fun. However, at least the Garmin
chart plotter with its built in GPS
and the Simrad AIS
carried on working. A technician in due course identified the problem as two of the Raymarine repeaters not working and took them out of the bus.
Raymarine, bless them, no longer sell or service
ST60 kit. Some on eBay but whilst that would be the make do and mend option I am not sure that I trust the stuff any more. Not least as though the log worked on the Tridata the depth
did not. Anchoring
in the Balearics without a depth
readout is also not my idea of amusement. Thank you iSailor for the clear and detailed Transas charts
So, should I bite the bullet and rip out all the Raymarine SeaTalk wiring
and go over to NMEA2000? Retaining the Garmin
which have 2k outputs. Would the benefit justify the cost?
I would be really grateful for your views and experience.