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Hi All,

I'm about to take delivery on my new Beneteau 343, and of course like all new boats, instrumentation is a bit on the thin side.

I have a ST60 Tridata & C80 plotter at the helm, but I would like to add some instrumentation at the nav station as well. Does anyone know if the following is possible:

1) Second C70 or C80 unit down below...I've heard that in the past this wasn't possible, but Raymarine has released firmware allowing multiple units over Seatalk. A new screen would be very expensive :(

2) Add a set of cheaper ST40 instruments below. I'm thinking ST40 Bi-Data and ST40 Windspeed. Reason being, I have access to ST40 instruments at virtually free due to friend performing a refit :)

3) Of course, this option would be to buy a new set of ST60 instruments...but they're expensive :(

I'd prefer to go with option #2 since it would be lowest entry level from cost perspective. BUT, does anyone know if its possible to mix/match ST40 and 60 series over seatalk? And have examples on their vessel to prove it?

Thanks all!

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You want to use an ST60+ Graphic as a repeater for all the bits of data. The ST40, so far as I know will repeat but you would need a Bidata and a Wind display. At least the Graphic would do it all in one instrument as well as tell you what the AP is doing. Follow this link to see the specs.

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You want to use an ST60+ Graphic as a repeater for all the bits of data. The ST40, so far as I know will repeat but you would need a Bidata and a Wind display. At least the Graphic would do it all in one instrument as well as tell you what the AP is doing. Follow this link to see the specs.

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I love this device...but best price I could find for it is $400.

This versus having ST40 Bi-Data ($150) + ST40 Wind ($130), it seems like the more cost effective thing to do would be to buy the ST40 series devices at less than $300. For my case specifically, I have access to the ST40 devices for free...

But I think youv'e answered my question...that being there isn't any technical reason holding back having ST40 down below, just doesn't look as nice. Correct?
 

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The ST40s will work. But if I am down below and the Raymarine AP is running at least with the Graphic I can see what it is doing. Also 1 less cable, 1 less cutout, smaller footprint on the bulkhead. It might be a little pricier at the start but I would think with a new boat you want it to look just right, if you know what I mean. Your dealer should be able to cut you a good deal if not throw it in (yeah right!!).
 

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The ST40s will work. But if I am down below and the Raymarine AP is running at least with the Graphic I can see what it is doing. Also 1 less cable, 1 less cutout, smaller footprint on the bulkhead. It might be a little pricier at the start but I would think with a new boat you want it to look just right, if you know what I mean. Your dealer should be able to cut you a good deal if not throw it in (yeah right!!).

This makes sense...but what dealer nowadays is giving anything away for free. The fewer cutouts is nice, but I kinda like the look of a nav station with tons of instruments. Plus its a lot less thumbing through readouts...the Wind instrument is nice and large rather than just a knot readout also. I guess I'll have to see if Raymarine has any good rebates on those devices to make it a better deal.
 
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