Originally Posted by Jjk2783
I am of the understanding that because it is an analog system, any upgrade would be to digital and therefore everything… chartplotter, radar, auto pilot has to be done at the same time. Is this true? If so, is it possible to sequence the upgrade in order to stretch out the financial hit?
Just a comment on this: probably NOT analog.
If you have several instruments integrated, I'd guess it's more likely that your network used the older NMEA0183 (digital) standard communications
protocol... and it's still quite usable. The newer NMEA2000 protocal doesn't have to be a huge reason to start all over from scratch when the wallet is feeling a bit of a pinch...
So... yes, you can do a bit at a time. (There's an obscure pun in that sentence, now that I read it...) Might help to get kind of an idea about what components might be best networked together in advance, but the market will be moving on in the meantime, so even that's not a critical step. I usually try to stay with a single
brand of stuff, but there are legit reasons to sometimes mix and match, too... no hard and fast rules.
You could replace your C80 with a used C80, or maybe with almost any other new or used MFD you've got space for.