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Personally, I'd recommend going with Garmin.
First, their customer service is far better than Raymarine's in my experience.
Second, their equipment is pretty reliable and the software is more intuitive and has a better user interface IMHO.
Third, they're in better shape financially than Raymarine is—in fact Garmin tried to buy Raymarine not too long ago, and Raymarine filed for bankruptcy late last year IIRC.
While Garmin doesn't make an autopilot for sailboats, their equipment does interface with most of the autopilots out there. Is your boat tiller or wheel steered?
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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