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Old 12-05-2016, 10:18 PM   #21
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Use your current electronics basically as they are, update the charts. Use your laptop as a second system.
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Old 12-06-2016, 05:13 PM   #22
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We have a 2002 Furuno electronics suite (chartplotter, radar). As mentioned in other posts, it is a great system despite the age. The only real problem, as also mentioned, is that you cannot get the chips anymore, and any you find on Ebay are going to be expensive and outdated. We decided to keep the Furuno suite, and added a second, new chartplotter, such that we now have radar on one display and gps/chartplotter on another. I actually prefer it this way. If you want to keep costs down, just use a tablet or laptop for the chartplotter, as you can download software and current charts for next to nothing. You may want to reconsider tying everything together, unless you have a real need for that functionality - we didn't.
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