I am aware of the flexibility of the Tritons... but I don't want to spending time pressing buttons and viewing data. I don't do route planning or need or want waypoint libraries... The chart plotter is just a screen to show where the boat is, depths and display AIS and RADAR... My AP which is simple and reliable does not display compass info so I want a "readable" fluxgate compass and I have the KVH which will do... even if it's not the latest and greatest. The compass info will be displayed on the Tritons and the plotter.
No Raymarine so the plotter will be B&G, Furuno or Garmin... and the determinant may be the charts. B&G has their sail steer making their plotter a sailboat friendly one.
I have a few multi function features on some of my cockpit displays which gives me choices of data to view. The alternative is to have more instruments or instruments with readable multi lines of data... which I think the Trintons have. Also I don't need a terribly large screen as I am viewing the plotter from close range... not across a cockpit. I will look at the Furunos as I know they have a great rep for radars and that is another thing will will drive the MFD selection.
Not a biog fan of touch screen only devices either.
Guess I wasn't clear about the Tritons. I was trying to say that they can be set up exactly how you listed you wanted them. You wouldn't have to push buttons or go to different screen pages - all the data you wanted can be set up permanently the way you listed it, and they will always display these data.
Again, you will need a NMEA0183-2000 converter to get the KVH compass data on the rest of the instrumentation. You could probably wire it to the chartplotter's 0183 interface, and then have the chartplotter put it on the 2000 bus. I recommend having it directly on the 2000 bus using a converter instead. That way you don't need the chartplotter active just to have compass data.
The Tritons have SailSteer, so you will already have it. I thought I would really like this functionality, but after playing with it, I find it a bit annoying and not as useful as I had hoped. I wouldn't base a plotter decision on it.
Furuno plotters use both CMap and Navionics raster and vector, along with NOAA raster and Vector, and also some specialty charts like fishing charts and another type that escapes me, but isn't really used by sailors. It comes with all charts preloaded, and you buy unlock codes for the ones you want. The US NOAA charts are all free. To give an idea of pricing, we bought the CMap Caribbean for $250. This covers the from Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, Bahamas, Eastern Caribe, North part of South America, Central America, and the Pacific coast from the top of South America to San Diego. I think it may have the widest choices of charts among the manufacturers.
However, the Furuno is a touch screen device. They sell a little control pad with it that has buttons and stuff on it, and can control the whole plotter. They also have a phone/tablet app that can control the plotter. I also wasn't a fan of touch screens, and still have some doubts, but we just spent 3 months sailing this new boat with a Garmin touch screen and it worked out just fine. In fact, it seemed more natural. I spent 3 months with a Furuno touch screen and that was also fine - but it was in a trawler pilot house and not in a sailboat cockpit. I still have hesitations, but we have a new Furuno touch screen waiting to be installed, so I guess that horse has left the barn...
Again, there is no consumer radar as good as the Furuno - and that is why we have a Furuno touchscreen plotter now, even though I have trepidations about it. We just delivered our boat 2,000nm with a current Garmin radar, and I have much experience with the B&G radar, and I am horrified how bad they are in comparison. I have no experience with Raymarine's radar. All manufacturer's radars will show you boat targets in general, but if you want ARPA, true motion, complete tunability and tweaking, and other more advanced functions, then Furuno is the only game in town. If you want to see squalls, and track them, don't go for the broadband offerings (even Furuno's).