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Re: choosing Instuments

It's interesting how different folks have different experiences.

I had a new Simrad wind instrument fitted in my boat before leaving California for New Zealand.

It was not working when it got to New Zealand three months later. Granted, we dipped the end of the mast in the sea on the way home but I believe that a marine instrument should be up to that.

The local Simrad agent disagreed and rejected a warranty claim on the instrument, referred me back to the selling dealer in San Diego. Yes, I said, of course I'll fly back to San Diego and present them with the failed instrument there.

In the bin it went, replaced by Raymarine, never to touch anything from Simrad again.


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If forced to pick today, I'd go Navico (Simrad or B&G ... same company, share technology). Versus other vendors, I give them big innovation points for what they've done with GoFree. I appreciate that they know how to design a removable wind sensor, and their WiFi adapter runs on 12v.

I have ongoing trouble with a GMI 10 correctly receiving and displaying NMEA2K and NMEA 0183 simultaneously.
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Re: choosing Instuments

Thank you all for your input ..it seems there are many choices. It'll give me something to do over the long cold winter!! I love e homework :0
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