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I have been a radar/ electronics tech and maritime engineer for about two decades now...
IMO- you are correct to go with a single manufacturer, more for the relationship you will build with your chosen repair facility than anything else. I love anything Simrad has bought... they have Anritsu radar now, and anything else they think is the absolute best quality in the world- they buy. The only problem w/ Simrad is they did not design much of their equipment themselves, so there is no institutional attitude. Therefor, it is like having all different manufacturers anyhow...
After my equipment was really outdated, I saw the same opportunity you are looking at- simplify!
I chose to go all Furuno. They can't be beat for reliability and, basically, toughness, and the service network is top notch- or they loose the dealership. The only piece of electronics I have now that is not Furuno is my Alpha Spectra A/P. These are simply the best units ever made... other than that- I am a Furuno guy.