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Re: Instrumentation for club racer, small cruiser
I ended up getting a Lowrance chartplotter/fishfinder (Lowrance Elite-5 DSI) for instrumentation on our boat. It can plot your course as well as give depth and speed, all for ~$400. I had looked at things like the "Speedpuck" or other sailing specific instrumentation, but all of those tended to cost the same or more than the Lowrance with less functionality. Admittedly, the Lowrance doesn't have the sailboat racing functionality that you may be looking for, but it does work very well as a speedometer and depthfinder. You might consider a sailing app on your smartphone for some of the racing timers etc. as well. YMMV
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