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What make of Instruments to buy?

My Autohelm instruments have failed and I have been unable to resurrect them so have decided to renew them. I have been looking at Raymearine ST60 Plus Value Pack $1350 best price so far. This is what I am looking for, e.g. wind, speed and depth displays including all three transducers. I hope that the transducers size is same as old ones or at least bigger than old ones as if they are smaller i will have trouble plugging old holes.

Raymarine products seem to be popular and reasonably priced. Have anyone come across better ones and/or cheaper ones?

Any ideas and leads are welcome.
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I highly recommend you look into Tack Tick, I've had mine for a year now and really like them, you will appreciate them very much if you intend to install them yourself. They can provide a lot more info than other similar packages and when you add the cost of wire, install, etc its actually about the same or cheaper. If you can, try to get the Tack Tick remote with the T104 Sailing System.
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The Garmin instruments sell bundled for $1000

GARMIN GMI 10 GWS 10 AND THRU HULL SMART TRIDUCER Shop.Sailnet.com - sailing resources, shopping, sail, blogs

Don't own them, haven't seen them, don't know how they compare to Raymarine. But they are less expensive.
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I have the TackTick gear, and like it a lot. I replaced my older ST60 Raymarine gear with the TackTick gear a few years ago and haven't looked back.
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When I net buy, I am going to look hard at TickTack...earlier they had some issues, but they are now owned by Suunto and seem to be doing quite well...I would look a them now...
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FWIW, try to wait for a Defender Sale or similar, when I purchased my T104 set they (Tack Tick) was throwing in the wireless remote as well (MSRP $800) and its a component that I find very useful, especially when sleeping, I can take a peek at everythng without getting out of the V berth

IF I remember, I paid around $1700.00 for everything during the sale, its listed at just over $2000.00 now.
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I just installed the Garmin GMI 10 wind/speed/depth bundle. West Marine had it on sale recently for $1k. it includes a single display and all ducers. The NMEA 2000 network is amazing. I connected my garmin chart plotter and my VHF which receives AIS targets and has DSC. I can look at my boat on the plotter in the center of a compass rose that displays true wind.

The wind sensor even senses barometric pressure and will plot a history on the display.

If my budget was unlimited, I may look at some other systems. but for a total of about $2000 I got the GMI 10 with wind/speed/depth plus the Garmin 541 chart plotter, plus the Matrix GX2100 vhf with AIS and DSC. I would find it hard to believe you could touch the capablity of ths system for anything close let alone less.

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Nice find Doug, Garmin makes good, I mean great stuff.
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We have had Silva onboard since 1992, and replacement was a question until very recently. Now they have been purchased by some keen sailors (Dean Barker) and we are seriously looking at them again. Performance has never been an issue and the price is right. Search NX2 or Nexus
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Take a look at the Nexus StartPack 2

$1,300 for depth, speed, wireless wind, and transducers. Great stuff...
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