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Need, help/advice please on Navico/Simrad/Lowrance decision

Old 11-20-2016, 01:50 PM
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Default Need, help/advice please on Navico/Simrad/Lowrance decision

OK, I need some advice,please, on making an Navico/Simrad/Lowrance electronics decision. The Lowrance HDS8 on the upper station crapped out after 4 1/2 years. So Navico is going to replace (for a not-so-small fee) under warranty with an HDS 9 Gen 2 Touch. I also recently had a Lowrance 4G Broadband radar installed. My long-term plan was to get familiar with the operation, particularly the radar overlay on the chart, and then move the HDS8 to the lower station and get an HDS10 or, better yet, a Simrad NSE 12 for the upper station.

So, now with the HDS 9 Gen 2 Touch on the way, I'm reconsidering the plan. I'm thinking now about a "new plan", which is selling the HDS9 G2T when it arrives and buying a used NSE12 for the upper station. Then later (maybe not much later) adding a used NSE8 for the lower station.

What I need help on is trying to figure out what copmonents of the existing installation I can use and what I would need to replace under the new plan.

I also need to point out that I have a Standard Horizon GX2200 from which I get AIS (and DSC data, I think) via NMEA 0183 to the chartplotter. Also, there's a Lowrance Point-1 GPS w/heading info installed as well.

So, with the removal of the HDS8, here's whats on the boat now:
a. Lowrance 4G Broadband radar connected to a Lowrance RI10 radar interface
b. A Lowrance Point-1 GPS unit connected to a T connector on the NMEA2K backbone
c. An RI10 radar interface with the Simnet connection to a T connector on the NMEA2K backbone, the Network jack open (formerly to the HDS8), the radar jack going to the 4G and the power jack to 12VDC
d. An NMEA 2K backbone with 4 T connectors (1 to 12VDC, 1 to the Simnet connector on the RI10, 1 open (formerly to the HDS8) and 1 to the POint-1 GPS unit)
e. The Standard Horizon GX2200 VHF with 0183 currently open (formerly to the HDS8)

At the helm (where the HDS8 was) I have 3 cables:
i. The Power/Data (0183) cable going to 12VDc and (0183) to the S/H GX2200
ii. The Ethernet cable from the RI10
iii. The NMEA2K cable going to a T connector on the NMEA 2K backbone


So, I guess the questions are:
1. If I went with the single NSE12 and I wanted the radar overlay and display of AIS data from the GX2200, what other components and cable would I need? Basically to what extent can I use the existing NMEA2k copmonents vs. switching to Simnet / Ethernet?

2. Same basic question but just for the additional installation of an NSE8 at the lower station

3. What doesn't seem sound about the "new plan". Here's my thinking about the new plan:
*1 Prefer to avoid touch screen user interface
*2 Prefer same user interface at both sations
*3 Believe even the older (used) NSE hardware is faster and/or more rugged than HDS units
*4 Screen area for NSE12 > HDS10
*5 Go with used units to minimize cash outlay
*6 BTW, we operate 95% of the time from the upper station, so larger display needs to go there.

I think that's it. Thanks in advance for the all the help.

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