Originally Posted by goboatingnow
No doubt Nick will be along presently
( I can hear the tatami mats being rolled away as I type)
No worries, here I am
I would tell them what to do with the boat if they don't let me choose the electronics
myself. If I would ever be faced with one brand take it or leave it, I would choose Furuno or Garmin
So here is my current POV:
1. sensors: Compass
, wind/weather and depth/speed/temp from Maretron. The tri-ducer is really an Airmar and sold
by others too, incl. Furuno. This is all N2K gear
displays: The new B&G Triton or Raymarine
i70 or Furuno RD-33's. Be careful if the chosen one fits as these tend to be larger than the old standard. Whatever chosen, use conversion cables
to connect these to a standard N2K backbone.
For the three brands I named, I like them all and think the newest always looks better than what came before it... so soon Garmin will come with something new too.
3. Radar/plotter: Furuno, no question. Power consumption
is minimal and nobody needs perfect radar performance 15 feet from the bow. When the new radar technologies have finished evaluating every 3 weeks with a new line, I would check them out again... but they will never show SART, RACON etc. so as long as those are around it will never be my primary radar and I stay with Furuno. Furuno radar on NobelTec
, repeated to iPad
4. Autopilot: no question: Simrad (Robertson).
: not out yet but anytime soon the new color Vesper marine
: Garmin 300 with N2K support
7. PC software: TimeZero from maxSea
or NobelTec (the one with newest release is better so changes every time)