The biggest reason I selected this unit is to keep the instruments consistently speaking SeaTalk. The plotter will have bidirectional communications with the X-5 SmartPilot computer which should be convenient. The only thing I appear to be sacrificing is the ability to integrate radar in the future. I'm not sure I really need radar in my intended use of the boat, so I can't really say that this is going to be a future point of regret. What I do know is that I picked up a nice plotter for a price I'm happy with.
I also purchased a NavPod angled pedestal guard in 1" tubing to match my current pedestal. That should make the plotter much more ergonomic in use. I'm not keen on using a full NavPod enclosure for the plotter though; It's awfully large and painfully expensive. I may end up going that way, but for now I'm going to see if I can fabricate a worthy bracket for it.
I find it interesting that I can order just about anything from Defender and have it in two days, but almost anything I order from the local West Marine store is a week's wait as they onlyy get orders in once per week. That's a long wait for an exciting toy!
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