Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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With the simple electronics setup you will have there is relatively little interfacing to be done with the possible exception of your GPS and VHF for DSC purposes. Try to take advantage of sale prices, whether with Sailnet, Defender, or anyone else. There seems to be a huge markup on electronics which means that sale prices are often really good - for example, there are often good prices when the Annapolis Boat Show is on (you don't have to be at the show to get the price.)
I suspect that the biggest decision you will have to make is about the GPS. The basic GPS seems to have pretty much disappeared so the choice is between a simple chart plotter and a more complex one. If you can get to dealers for the main makers (who have them on display) or seem them at a boat show you can compare features. As to brands, it is pretty much whatever turns you on and costs the right amount. All of the major brands are fine for what you want to do.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.