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So getting back to talking about instruments, the OP didn't really say what he wants to do with them, primarily. Cursing, racing?
My use is primarily racing and I have a bunch of Nexus stuff.
There are two things to consider. At least in nexus speak, there are "transducers" and there are "instruments." The transducers measure stuff, the instruments display it.
With Nexus, you may or may not need a "server" depending upon how much stuff you have and what you want to know. If you want to know true wind velocity and direction, you need a "server." A server is handy anyhow. All the transducers come back to it and then there is a RS485 bus on which all the instruments sit. With that bus, you can add watertight connectors so you can, for example, take the rig down or remove/replace a depth transducer.
If you're not racing and you just want to know the apparent wind speed/direction, the depth and the boat speed through the water I would think there are less expensive solutions then Nexus, Occum or B&G.
If you're racing, then Nexus is less expensive than B&G or Occum, but the instruments are not quite as nice. And, if you are racing, it's not a trivial task to keep all these fancy gadgets calibrated. Nexus has software to do it, but it sucks and does not support the latest transducers. They have been promisin em an upgrade "next week" since mid season.
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