Glad you have made it most of the way home in your new 'baby'. I love the picture of you (that is you isn't it) sitting by the wheel in the cockpit with that big smile on your face. That kind of says it all.
I am less than knowledgeable about which chartplotter or NMEA standard you should be looking for than the other folks posting here. All I know is that when I was hoping you would need a crew member the get around NYC I managed to help deliver a Benneteau 51' from Tortola to the Turks and Caicos http://www.sailnet.com/forums/cruisi...gry-ocean.html
which I posted about in the link just listed.
I also noted in this thread that you said: "I really don't have any intentions, right now, to add radar and if I did I would interface it to larger screen device at the Nav station.". The only comment I wish to add is that as you decide to travel more you will WANT that radar when you are out of sight of land at night and near any shipping channels. I personally do not care if it is on the same NMEA network or not (ours was only at the Nav station and looked a few years old) but it worked great with it's proximity alarm at night.
The farther afield you end up going (eg., Bahamas, Caribbean, Bermuda etc) you will want to have that radar as a backup anytime you are out on the ocean on a dark night. My eyes just turned 50 and I saw all the lights of the ships that showed up before the radar alarm announced their presence. We could have been near a Haitian or Cuban refugee boat with no lights by the Mona Passage so it was really nice to have someone or something else watching at night on the ocean.
If you are not going for several days of ocean sailing then get a chartplotter that makes sense for you. My last ocean trip proved the value of the chartplotter, GPS and autopilot to me. I still love my handheld GPS.
Nice pics as usual.