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Re: best electronics package
Garmin seems to be winning on price. Raymarine on sheer breadth and interconnectivity. Simrad wins on capability (HD Radar), and Furuno seems to win on ruggedness (if at the price of new features). Just my opinion.
I'm likley refitting my boat with Raymarine soon. But I'm watching the open source community very closely. I love how OpenCPN can do radar overlay (on a Garmin scanner). Other people have reverse engineered Airmar tranducers.
$5k being your budget, I'd look at Garmin.