SailNet Community banner
  • SailNet is a forum community dedicated to Sailing enthusiasts. Come join the discussion about sailing, modifications, classifieds, troubleshooting, repairs, reviews, maintenance, and more!

Opinions on total-package electronics brands?

3171 Views 10 Replies 8 Participants Last post by  jnkendal
I am looking to completely re-outfit my boat with electronics. I'm looking for opinions on the best single brand to build my system with. I would like full integration of autopilot, fishfinder, anemometer, knot meter, GPS, radar, weather, etc. I don't intend to purchase all the components at one time and therefore require a continually expandable system. I know all major marine electronics companies (Furuno, Raymarine, etc) utilize some network like this... so which brand is better? I've heard opinions that Raymarine is overpriced, unreliable, and the support is spotty? Is the same true of Furuno? Is there any other viable option better than them both? Garmin?

Any and all opinions are much appreciated.

1 - 1 of 11 Posts

I have installed both Raymarine as well as Garmin. I believe they both offer very good equipment. Raymarine has a better Fishfinder solution with there HD black box as well as a better Radar system. Garmin has a much better GPS Plotter.
If I was to redo all my electronics I would go for the new C90wide with the built in GPS antenna and Navionics Charts, DSM30 or DSm300 fishfinder black box, with a tilted element transducer, 18" or 24" digital dome, Raymarine Autopilot with St7002Plus control head.
THere service is verygood and they do have walkin drop off sericve in Merrimac, NH.
What type a boat do you have? Do you need multihead?

1 - 1 of 11 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.