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Re: best electronics package
I've used Raymarine stuff on my 28-2, and I'm pretty happy with it. I have an e7d MFD, X5 and P70 for the autopilot, ST70 display head, ST70 speed instrument that works with my old Autohelm Tri-Data transducer. The SeatalkNG networking is easy to work with and I like the small diameter cables.
My only complaint is that I wish they had more sailing specific features. It is also annoying that the ST70 and i70 display heads have display modes (like relative wind direction graphs) that can't be done in the e7d data page or on the p70.
If I were buying again today I might take a closer look at Garmin, it seems like they are doing some interesting things.
I only own one piece of Simrad equipment, a RS35 VHF radio, but based on my customer service experiences and the terrible bugs in this device I wouldn't buy another piece of their hardware. This is too bad because the Zeus MFD looks awesome for sailboats.
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