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choosing Instuments

Looking to install an instrument pack for next season, my current depth sounder is intermittent so it's a crap shoot come anchor time. Any suggestions on quality and make would be appreciated.
West Marine has a few choices but I'd like to do it Once.
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Re: choosing Instuments

If you can afford it, Furuno. Not as glitzy as the Garmin stuff, but they're time tested and bullet proof.

Furuno Depth, Speed Wind Package at Hodges Marine $1497.00
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Re: choosing Instuments

The price is right : Simrad wind, depth, speed package for $999. It's all Simnet which is NMEA-2000 compatible, so quite future proof. The depth/speed is done by the excellent Airmar DST800. Their wind instrument is pretty good, too.

SIMRAD IS20 Sail Pack at West Marine
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Re: choosing Instuments

If price is an object, I have installed two Clipper brand devices (Depth Sounder and Speed Log) from Nasa Marine of the UK. I bought them at Jamestown Distributors (also available on eBay) for way less than Raymarine and the like. It has only been one season, but they work just fine wiuth big bold displays and all the features I want.
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Re: choosing Instuments

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The price is right : Simrad wind, depth, speed package for $999. It's all Simnet which is NMEA-2000 compatible, so quite future proof. The depth/speed is done by the excellent Airmar DST800. Their wind instrument is pretty good, too.

SIMRAD IS20 Sail Pack at West Marine
That IS a great price for a wind/speed/depth system! And from Worst Marine no less.
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Re: choosing Instuments

A NMEA 2000 system. The cabling and setup is much easier then previous systems.

Personally I chose a B&G Triton system and added a couple of Triton displays which I installed earlier this year.

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Re: choosing Instuments

Garmin has similar bundles. I paid $900 for wind, speed, depth and temp with A GMI 10 MFI in 2012. You can display all the data on one screen. I opted to buy a second GMI 10. Total was about $1,200. Now that the GMI 20s are out the 10 may drop more in price.
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Re: choosing Instuments

I would get

-GPS
-radar
-compass
-depth sounder
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Re: choosing Instuments

I have Simrad, very solid, a great product line. Although I think Garmin is the up and comer in the industry. I really like their product line. IMHO I think they are the most innovative marine electronics company in the industry. Take a close look at them.

Simrad is established with quality products, not cheap though. Their Gofree wifi solution that integrates IOS and Andriod devices into their simnet network is very interesting. I have not taken the plunge on that yet but will soon.
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Re: choosing Instuments

I bought the Garmin GMI 10 pack last year too. With shipping to the VI it cost right at $1K. Love it.
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