Originally Posted by sailingdog
The only problem with getting one of the Garmin/Lowrance/Hummingbird combination GPS chartplotter/fish finders is that the wind instruments won't be able to talk to them, and can't estimate true wind speed then. If you don't use electronic wind instruments... you're home free.
I prefer the Garmin units, since some of their models have all of the US coastal water charts pre-loaded and they seem to have the best user interface and software of the different brands.
This is a good point. Why can't Raymarine provide functionality on their chartplotters that would let them display a wind instrument? Seem like it would be easy to do.