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Re: Speed/Depth/Wind conundrum

I would go with what SloopJohn and Faster said.

If I could only have one instrument on the boat it would be a depth finder. It allows you to coordinate m ap position on a paper chart as well as depth current.

After that a chartplotter as it can perform a myriad of functions.

Speed log/ knotmeter is different than the speed over the ground as discussed before. The SOG from the chartplotter is used to determine distances etc, The speed log is very helpful in adjusting sail trim which the SOG cannot do.

Wind instrument is the l;ast one I would be concerned with

I like having the depthfinder integrated into the chartplotter yes, but also one a seperate dedicated bezel somehwre in the cockpit visable from anywhere in the cockpit as I am not always at the helm.

Like MarkSF we have added on during the years so I would look at this long term and make sure you create a pla "ststem" approach to this.

We currently have a Raymarine c90w with knot/wind/depth/ insturments, autopilot, and ais. And we always use paper charts too
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