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Hey Walt, I am faced with a similar dilemma. Right now (for me) the choice is between a Raymarine ST-60 cluster and refurbing. The Raymarine gets great write-ups from everybody, and looks fabulous; but refurbing will be a lot cheaper, and I have only heard good things about DMI.
Right now I am tending towards DMI because:
1) Cost - not only instruments, but a haulout to replace the transducer. I reckon that'll be around $1500 all in. My only bad instrument is the depth gauge.
2) Minor factor, but apparently the Raymarine cutout is slightly smaller than the Datamarine, so I'd have to redo the console are which would be a pain.
I'll be interested to hear what others say...