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Electronics suggestions for 30'er??
My 30' sailboat currently has a JRC radar, which will not power on, and may cost more to repair than a new one (will check into repair costs)
I also have a uniden depth sounder, radios, a handheld GPS, and old fixed non-chart plotting GPS.
Next year the boat will be moored, and used on the south shore / Atlantic side of Nova Scotia, for day, weekend, and summer week long cruising around NS, and probably New Brunswick and Maine. There are tons of islands, shoals, and fog in this beautiful area, and I am looking into upgrading the electronics.
I would like to buy a GPS chartplotter, to be installed at the wheel pedestal, along with a working radar, if mine is not repairable. I would also like to install a wheel autopilot, such as the Simrad WP32, or newer Raymarine, along with a wind instrument, so I the autopilot can sail to a wind direction, as well as compass course.
I am looking for recommendations on radar, autopilot, wind instrument (or combined system, as I don't have a speed instrument either), and GPS plotter.
It is not a 50' yacht, so I don't want to spend $10,000 or more on these, but am willing to spend a few thousand.
Some of my concerns are:
Radar - Some, such as the JRC1000, or 1500 can be found for $1000 (Bethal Marine on-line), whil others like Si-tec, etc start at 2500-3000 - Is there that much difference? What do you get for the extra cash??
Chartplotters - Some go for $500 - 800 - Do you get the chart chips included? Besides larger displays, what else do you get for more money?
Should I try to stay with same brand for radar, autopilot, wind instrument, and / or GPS plotter? Will it make install much easier?
Defender, or Bethal Marine's website's have tons of choices!! I am looking for some recommendations that would be appropriate for what I will be doing, and the size of the boat!
Any advice is appreciated!!