Recommendations on multiple purpose radar/plotter/GPS.
I am going cruising from FL to CT this summer with my family in a Hunter 37 cutter. Boat is well outfitted but I am going to add a radar unit. I have cruised and sailed offshore without it but only with a well seasoned crew. My family ranks from experienced sailor to novice ( 4 children-24,17,16,14yrs old and my wife who is the least experienced of all).
I would appreciate the benefit of your experience:
Hoping to spend no more than 3.5K;
multi-function screen in cockpit mount;
What size screen?
Color vs. mono?
Chart overlay of radar image?
We will be doing night sailing so I am looking for navigation aid, assistance in ship location and a heads up on local squall lines.
I have used the search tool but not many posts on multi-function units and several of the posts are out-dated. It is my intention to purchase from sailnet store, so references to the particular equipment on said site would be the most helpful.
Thanks in advance for your assistance.