I assume you also want some feedback, so I have a couple of points about your suggestions.
makes a line of consumer gear
that is completely different than their commercial gear
. You recommend not buying Furuno
products because they only belong on large and commercial
boats and are overkill on smaller recreational boats. This is incorrect.
2. You state that the only reason to go with Furuno is if one wants to use a personal computer. I don't really understand this, although I do understand that MaxSea
on a PC can be interfaced to a Furuno chartplotter
. However, this is also true for other manufacturer's gear - as well as for tablets/phones, etc.
3. You state that people should chose the same manufacturer radar
because they all use proprietary connectors. This isn't true, and is not the reason to stay with the same manufacturer (Furuno uses a common Cat5 connector, for example). The real reason to stay with the same manufacturer is that none of the different brand radomes work
with any different manufacturer's chart plotter. However, if one wanted independent chart plotter and radar, there is no need to stay with the same brand.
4. Simnet is just straight N2K using a different connector. I don't think they have many pieces of equipment
left with Simnet connectors. For the ones that do, they ship these with a Simnet-MicroC connector cable and junction box, so that connection to a standard N2K network is immediate and easy.
5. Only the high end B&G
stuff is pricy. The lower echelon aimed at cruising boats is quite reasonable. For example, nobody does a small MFD like the Triton, and it is very reasonably priced. The B&G
cruising autopilots are simply rebranded Simrad
AP's using standard MicroC connectors and costing the same amount.
6. You urge everyone to buy Garmin
because they have built in GPS
and uses MicroC connectors. This is also true for other manufacturers. And a built in GPS is the worse solution for anyone who needs to mount it where blockage occurs or wants to use an autopilot or radar overlay/MARPA. It is a gimmick on a boat
with lots of equipment
, and really only useful for a small boat
using it as a single
7. A Garmin
autopilot is probably the worse choice among the manufacturers for a cruising sailboat
8. The reasoning you use for your statement that one needs to buy the same brand AP as their chartplotter is flawed. All of them easily take navigation
directions from each other. There is nothing fussy at all about connecting them or getting them to work
across brands. The ONLY advantage of using the same brand is that the chartplotter will be able to control the AP (auto/standby, dodge, etc). Since AP's generally come with a control head
, this isn't a critical necessity.
9. You imply throughout that the best way to choose is by picking the cheapest (which you found in your case to be Garmin). I would disagree with this, but that is only a subjective personal opinion and not objective fact like the above (#7 possibly excepted).