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The Brooks and Gatehouse instruments that came with my 1991 boat died last summer and I have to bite the bullet and get a complete new set of everything. I'm leaning toward the Raymarine since I have heard that the new TackTick wireless have problems. How do the ST70 compare with the ST40 in the real world of people who have actually installed and used them?
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We've had very good luck with our ST 60 instruments -- installation was very straight forward once I figured out the routing of the wires. We've had no faults / failures in 5 years and lots of miles.

I picked Raymarine instruments because I knew that wehn other instruments / electronics on the boat went south, we could replace them with Sea Talk compatible, plug n play equipment. So far, so good in that department - the 3 year old SmartPilot talks to everything and the nearly new E80 Nav Display saw everything it needed to once the connections were made (except the Sirius Wx Receiver, but that was Sirius's fault). A couple of years ago the owner got me a wireless remote for the autopilot that also lets me see the instrument output from anywhere on the boat. All Raymarine makes it easy and if something doesn't work or interface with other gear....you know who to call.

The only thing left to replace is the 15 yr old Furuno radar and a 8 year old Furuno GPS, but I figure both of these two bits of Japanese electronics will outlive me.
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Thanks Billy, that was helpful
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What about a new set of B&G instruments. I replaced my ST60 sytem with a B&G H3000 sytem and the B&G stuff is much better in build quality and performance (more expensive though)
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