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Auto Pilots - Below Deck
Most instrument systems today connect with critical equipment like your wind, sounder, speed, autopilot, GPS, Radar, VHF, chart plotter and notebook computer, kitchen, and weather sites. But to do this to the fullest extent possible (two-way data exchange), you may have to in advance check compatibility amongst your current instruments, and the ones you are planning to add.
Needless to say, that same brand interface work trouble free, while different brand connections is coumbersome, if not impossible. (Like High speed bus propietary Plotter and Autohelm radars)
Having said that, I still carry a full ST 50 Autohelm Instrument and ST 6000 linear type 2 autopilot (10 yr old) troublefree