Re: Which new radar/plotter?
I just asked this question of the marine electronics guys at our yard. He likes SimRad, however, says the Furuno is the bullet proof stuff. He also liked that Furuno had a device that would convert wind, speed, etc info from outdated components into modern standard format and has a new touch screen he likes. Says its expensive, however.
Raymarine is the most integrated. He's not generally a big fan, but acknowledged that the modern era has been out for a while and most bugs have been worked out with software upgrades.
Didn't mention Garmin at all, although, its possible he just doesn't sell it.
I think, in the end, I will probably update with Raymarine, when the time comes. I prefer everything from the same manufacturer, to eliminate the finger pointing. When I go for it, I plan to do the full monte, Sat Wx, AIS, etc. May still be a year or two off. Need other surprises to stop.
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