I'm planning on upgrading the MFD on my recently acquired Westsail 42. My current
set up consists of a Raymarine
RL 70C chart-plotter with radar
. The instruments are ST60's for wind
, and speed. My autopilot
is a Simrad
unit connected to an inboard Hynautics hydraulic piston. This is a standalone system not communicating to the chart-plotter. I'd probably keep the MFD a while longer but the chart function died on my passage
back in July, and only the radar
is currently working.
So a few questions. I'm probably going to have to replace the current Seatalk
network with a NMEA 2000
backbone to support the new system so should I replace the 20 year old Raymarine
ST60's or get a Seatalk
- SeatalkNG converter to use them with the new system? Or replace them with the same brand of instruments as the MFD? Of course if I go with another Raymarine unit it might be easier to keep the ST60's? The standalone autopilot
has worked well (so far), and I'm inclined to leave it alone and not bother replacing it or even having it connected to the new MFD. Is there a good reason to integrate it with the MFD?
I've just started looking but systems like the Raymarine Axiom Pro, or the B&G Zeus3 with both touch and button controls seem like a good idea to me.
I'd really like to hear from anyone who's purchase
a new MFD in the last few years. What did you go with? What features do you like about it and what things don't you like about it? Would you do it again? TIA