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Re: Time for new instruments
My experience with connecting between devices from different manufacturers has not been a happy one.
Firstly I have a Lowrance HDS-5m plotter connected to a SH GX2150 VHF. I had a hell of a time getting the Lowrance to display AIS data from the VHF via NMEA 0183.
BTW, if you think Garmin support is marginal, Lowrance support exists to make Garmin look good. (Standard Horizon are excellent, BTW)
Secondly there was connecting the Lowrance via NMEA 2000 to a Garmin speed sensor. Turns out Lowrance left out the speed paddle calibration from their feature list. So having two NMEA 2000 certified devices is no guarantee that they'll work together. Garmin devices do have the necessary calibration routine.
My advice is to stick to one manufacturer for everything, if you can.
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