Helia 44 Owners,
You can get Garmin or Raymarine Electronic Navigation
systems installed by FP at the factory for about the same price
FP will contract
the install out to Pochon or Uchimata.
FP used to install Furuno
autopilots that worked very well. Not sure why they stop using them.
Both Garmin and Raymarine will be just as strong, as they both will use the same Lecomble & Schmitt hydraulic autopilot ram.
It's all in the details for a proper set up of an Auto Pilot (AP).
DO NOT let the AP decide what "pre-programed" sail boat settings to choose!
Dial it in yourself for both systems and the difference will be like night and day!!
A lot of cruisers like Garmin, because of the great user interface, which is very intuitive and simple to use without a manual.
Garmin uses Explorer charts
which are the best for the Caribbean
and works seamlessly with Garmin Blue Charts
mobile on an iPad or iPhone
and has Active Captain
If you have had Raymarine electronics
in the past then you would most likely stick with what you’re used to.
I typical Garmin or Raymarine Electronic Navigation package would look like the picture below.