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09-26-2013 01:03 AM
barefoot
Re: choosing Instuments

Thank you all for your input ..it seems there are many choices. It'll give me something to do over the long cold winter!! I love e homework :0
09-25-2013 01:48 AM
WoobaGooba
Re: choosing Instuments

If forced to pick today, I'd go Navico (Simrad or B&G ... same company, share technology). Versus other vendors, I give them big innovation points for what they've done with GoFree. I appreciate that they know how to design a removable wind sensor, and their WiFi adapter runs on 12v.

I have ongoing trouble with a GMI 10 correctly receiving and displaying NMEA2K and NMEA 0183 simultaneously.
09-24-2013 09:56 PM
Omatako
Re: choosing Instuments

It's interesting how different folks have different experiences.

I had a new Simrad wind instrument fitted in my boat before leaving California for New Zealand.

It was not working when it got to New Zealand three months later. Granted, we dipped the end of the mast in the sea on the way home but I believe that a marine instrument should be up to that.

The local Simrad agent disagreed and rejected a warranty claim on the instrument, referred me back to the selling dealer in San Diego. Yes, I said, of course I'll fly back to San Diego and present them with the failed instrument there.

In the bin it went, replaced by Raymarine, never to touch anything from Simrad again.
09-24-2013 07:03 PM
FarCry
Re: choosing Instuments

I bought the Garmin GMI 10 pack last year too. With shipping to the VI it cost right at $1K. Love it.
09-24-2013 05:33 PM
kellysails
Re: choosing Instuments

I have Simrad, very solid, a great product line. Although I think Garmin is the up and comer in the industry. I really like their product line. IMHO I think they are the most innovative marine electronics company in the industry. Take a close look at them.

Simrad is established with quality products, not cheap though. Their Gofree wifi solution that integrates IOS and Andriod devices into their simnet network is very interesting. I have not taken the plunge on that yet but will soon.
09-24-2013 05:03 PM
khammett
Re: choosing Instuments

I would get

-GPS
-radar
-compass
-depth sounder
09-24-2013 09:37 AM
Tim R.
Re: choosing Instuments

Garmin has similar bundles. I paid $900 for wind, speed, depth and temp with A GMI 10 MFI in 2012. You can display all the data on one screen. I opted to buy a second GMI 10. Total was about $1,200. Now that the GMI 20s are out the 10 may drop more in price.
09-24-2013 01:08 AM
MarcHall
Re: choosing Instuments

A NMEA 2000 system. The cabling and setup is much easier then previous systems.

Personally I chose a B&G Triton system and added a couple of Triton displays which I installed earlier this year.

Marc Hall
Crazy Fish - Maintaining, Upgrading and Sailing a Crealock 37
09-24-2013 12:30 AM
JimsCAL
Re: choosing Instuments

Quote:
Originally Posted by MarkSF View Post
The price is right : Simrad wind, depth, speed package for $999. It's all Simnet which is NMEA-2000 compatible, so quite future proof. The depth/speed is done by the excellent Airmar DST800. Their wind instrument is pretty good, too.

SIMRAD IS20 Sail Pack at West Marine
That IS a great price for a wind/speed/depth system! And from Worst Marine no less.
09-23-2013 08:12 PM
hriehl1
Re: choosing Instuments

If price is an object, I have installed two Clipper brand devices (Depth Sounder and Speed Log) from Nasa Marine of the UK. I bought them at Jamestown Distributors (also available on eBay) for way less than Raymarine and the like. It has only been one season, but they work just fine wiuth big bold displays and all the features I want.
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