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Okay - so I've been researching this whole Seatalk/NMEA thing, and I think I have a very basic handle on things, but there's still A LOT that's over my head.
The basic issue is this...I need to replace the existing chartplotter - which is actually an old Hammerhead computer with GPS and Seaclear charts (and Windows 2000!). My iPad with iNavX runs circles around this thing - but I don't want to use the iPad for a primary CP because I'd like to network things together.
As for gear, here is my current nav inventory:
JRC LCD Radar 1500
Raymarine ST70 Autopilot
Raytheon ST60 Multi – Depth/Speed/Enviro/AP (1 @Helm, 1 @Nav St.)
Raytheon ST60 Depth/Speed/Wind Cluster
Icom IC-M502 VHF
Icom CommandMic II
KVH Sailcomp 103AC
Now, because I just dropped an insane wad of cash on replacing the standing rigging, and I still need to drop some more on new running rigging, and because we won't be going off-shore this season while we get used to the boat...I don't want to drop a huge amount of money into electronics right now. I want to make use of what I have.
So, here's the thinking...what about the Raymarine C-80 Color CP? I can probably find one for under a grand, and it should interface nicely with my ST60 and ST70 instruments. And it does appear to have radar input (though I don't know how the JRC 1500 will need to be tweaked on the way in).
My biggest challenge, after you guys tell me the best way to go for an affordable chartplotter solution, will be in figuring out how to hook all this up. Currently, the only instrument at the helm (w/o the Hammerhead) is the ST60 multi-display. I'm pretty sure it also controls the AP - but I've not tried this out yet.
So, let me know what you think on the chartplotter, then I'll be asking tons more questions as I figure out how to install and hook everything up.
Thanks for the help fellas!
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