So I have to start basically from scratch with electronics on my new (to me) boat. '84 30' Sisu flybridge. Will be repowering with V8 gas.
GPS with charts for LI Sound to Marthas Vineyard- will probably never go farther
Depth indicator/fish finder- would prefer to shoot through the hull
Trim tabs- not 100% sure on this but will probably do it.
Bilge vapor sensor/alarm
I might want- please offer some thoughts if you care to:
Radar- never had one and usually done push it on the weather
Autopilot- again never had one but would like to have one. Could do without it though.
Holding tank monitor?
Will be doing all this myself and its all in place but 30 years old so its all got to go. Depth sounder has a paper roll and needle like the old heart monitors...
The reason I put this together this way is because I am hoping someone has some ideas on a way to put this all together with the fewest different manufacturers involved at the lowest cost. I dont need a huge screen either but dont want a 3" screen either. Most of the places I go are visible on the horizon so I need to keep it all within reason in terms of budget and complication. Been out of the game for a while. .
We went with simrad nss all one unit and auto pilot works on the same monitor. Our unit is not what everyone wants. Some like separate units. Wharf Rat on this blog can be a big help and provide you great advice and pricing. Check him out.
That dragonfly video on the Ray website is fascinating. THe underwater imaging is really incredible but it looks like it requires a transom mount transducer.
People seem to be really pro Garmin and I sort of am too though- just based on what I own. Any plans for Garmin to come out with anything like this? I am reluctant to buy the first generation of anything too.
That NSS system looks great and allows all kinds of add ons and screen control. Do you know if it can interact with iPads etc?
The Dragonfly/541S/547XS are all great units. However, when you get into the 7'' size displays my confidence in Garmin's systems when it comes to their networked devices drops off considerably, especially when their radar is involved. I'm not crazy about their built-in sonar, but the XS series has seen some improvement.
The question you need to decide is if you are going to add radar, either now or down the road. If you are, than those first displays mentioned, the Dragonfly and the 5'' Garmin displays are out, and I think your choices would be narrowed down to 7'' displays and above.
The units I would suggest would include Simrad's NSS7, Raymarine e7D and as well as their new a78, which includes the same DownVision sonar as the Dragonfly. If you are looking to go to another Also to consider is how often you will use your radar and in what fashion - simple collision avoidance, avoiding storms and squalls, target tracking?
THere is a lot to consider before making a purchase like this, as you'd like to be able to 'future-proof' the system as much as possible. Feel free to reach out to me via PM, email, or call me at the office to discuss further. Good luck!
With all in one units when Murphys law kicks in (at the worst possible time) your running blind. On the last boat I had all winter to look. I found great buys on all my units. Furuno is real popular here for good reason. The non current radars (old models) seem to work just fine and can be had cheap. I like a seperate depth finder and plotter because I fish points and reefs. Interestingly, the Garmin all in one I picked up as a redundant to my Furunos I use the most for traveling. It is a really clean screen and accureate. At just a few hundred bucks they practically give them away.