With some DIY skills, you can set up a new electronics system for less than $12,000
The deals on used cruising boats have never been better. Look for a sound hull and a good-running engine and transmission. Sailors should inspect the rigging and sails, too. Having to replace any of these can turn an otherwise good deal upside down.
What are the major considerations consumers should weigh when thinking about upgrading their electronics?
Start by asking yourself a few questions. Will a new unit fit the helm without major surgery? Why am I updating the helm? Maybe the existing helm doesn’t meet your needs because something is defective or unreliable. Maybe the helm is more than 10 years old and the technology too old. It could be that the existing helm is not user-friendly. Any of these are good reasons to consider an upgrade.
From the plotter to the iPadIf you’re a worrywart, Raymarine’s e7 series multifunction displays might appeal to you. The e7’s Wi-Fi connectivity allows live video streaming to an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. You can see the e7 display — thermal video, navigation charts, radar, and sonar — on your mobile iOS device anywhere on board.
A friendly reminder: Make sure a sea trial is part of the purchase process. Buyers should make it clear in their agreement with the dealer, broker, manufacturer or private seller that the purchase hinges on their satisfaction with the boat’s performance.
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