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It seems I tried to end this thread prematurely.
I think it's fair to say that depending on all the particular features of a specific boat, there is still some consideration to be made about where to install the primary(or only) chartplotter, esecially if options include a repeating monitor at the helm, or even just keeping your favorite handheld at the helm for quick reference purposes and having your more elaborate chartplotter below deck (which is a very economical alternative ie. West Marine had a Map76cx for sale a few weeks back at $179). Still, it is hard to argue the point about radar only being useful at the helm, esp. if your single-handing, except to say that most of us, I presume, rarely sail in heavy fog.
And finally, most of us have limitations, either financial or otherwise.
Individual priorities about sailing come into play as well. I currently sail without radar, auto-pilot, or any roller-furling. However, other than the integrity of your sailing vessel, and your own seamanship, I think the navigation capabilities and resources you have on the boat are very high on the priority list, so those issues have my attention at the moment.
Again, thanks for all the valuable opinions from everybody.
Been sailing all day with Dad, and I need a drink?