Last week we got back the signed contract
for the new Leopard 45
that will be delivered to us next summer. I dislike that I have to order the basic Raymarine
package to have the boat delivery
, but I do. It includes a VHF
, speed and depth
transducers and a 9 inch display. I did opt for the digital radar
rather than have a wire run after delivery
. As a note, I have a complete Garmin
setup on my 25 foot Shearwater and its...ok.
Needless to say it is going to need some upgrading. My questions, some just to stir discussion, are:
1. I am going to want a 12 inch display and will relegate the 9 to the nav desk inside. Get another Raymarine
or a different brand? If another brand, how would I make the larger one the master?
2. What's the best way to build redundancy into the autopilot
3. Which other equipment
would you want to add to this setup?
4. I have read previous threads where people question staying with one manufacturer. I am not married to that idea. If you are going to suggest swapping out individual components, which manufacturer/model for each?
5. Maybe the best discussion of all, which manufacturer is best? Consider whole systems and individual components and explain why, please.
I would consider if there were a market for the very slightly used equipment
to pull it all and start from scratch.
So, how's that for a passel of questions with an almost blank slate!?