I have my 35', (14k lb), sailboat derigged and on the hard for the winter, and I'm seriously contemplating doing a complete electronics refit on her. Initially I just wanted to get a sense of configuring a complete Raymarine system from scratch. I'm going to assume this means new autopilot, new instrumentation, and new multifunction display. So this is what I have I believe I need for each area;
- Autopilot control head, control unit, sensor unit, drive unit, and cabling.
- Instrument display head, anemometer, hull installed transducer, cabling.
- Multifunction display/plotter, digital radar, ais receiver, cabling.
Some online retailers have put together some electronics packages in the aforementioned categories and from that, I've come up with the following Raymarine specific list that I think are applicable;
EV-1 Sensor Core
ACU-200 Actuator Control Unit
p70 Control Head
Type 1 Short Mechanical Linear Drive
i70 Multifunction Color Instrument
iTC Instrument TDX Converter
Wind Anemometer with 30 meters of cable
DST800 Analog Transducer (235 kHz)
e7D with USA Coastal Charts
RD418D Digital Radar
RCU-3 Bluetooth Remote
Raymarine AIS350 Dual Channel AIS Receiver
SeaTalk ng Power Cable
SeaTalk ng Backbone Cable
SeaTalk ng Spur Cable
SeaTalk ng 5-way Connector Block
SeaTalk ng T-piece Connectors
SeaTalk ng Backbone Terminator
SeaTalk ng Inline Terminator
Digital Radar Cable
RayNet (F) to RJ45 (M) cable
Does that just about cover a complete refit? Is there a benefit in integrating VHF too? If I wanted to choose a different MFD like the c97, is it pretty much a drop in replacement for the e7d?
If you'd like to point me to any other online resources that do a good job at explaining all the necessary parts, please feel free to do so. The official Raymarine forum and FAQ, didn't seem to address this higher level subject, at least that I could find.