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Which equipment route for full Laptop access?
I want to build my electronics system one item at a time. The boat doesn't currently have any electronics I'd want to keep except for the wind instrument. It came with a Raymarine ST60 Wind instrument.
My intentions are to have full access to all my equipment via Laptop. I don't plan on having a full MFD in the cockpit. In the cockpit, I will go with minimal instrumentation. Repeaters for Depth, Wind, Course, Bearing, and Speed.
I'd like the option to have Autopilot, GPS, Wind, Depth, Radar, Weather, Etc all accessible on Laptop and also all data available between all of these systems (ie Autopilot having full access to all of the above).
Maretron has a lot of items that I'd like to use, so I'd like to go towards NMEA 2000. However, Raymarine wheel pilot is my only real option for autopilot (not going to install below decks). Also, the ST60 is using Seatalk.
I've seen bridges/etc for NMEA 0183 to NMEA 2000, NMEA 0183 to Seatalk, etc ... are these transparent? Is it possible to get all of these different systems to communicate and to access/control all of them via Laptop?