My Raymarine S10 wheel pilot belt drive setup has been relegated to backup to the new Jefa linear drive. I will be connecting an Airmar rate gyro heading sensor to unlock the features of the Raymarine system providing me with greater stability control. I currently use a Raymarine RC400 handheld chartplotter that has been for more trips across the deck than my crew. The bracket has broken twice when snagged by the mainsheet during uncontrolled gybes, the power/data connections failed so I rewired internally with a thumper size plug from Jaycar all topped off with a wad of expoxy! Whilst she still works great and drives the autopilot reasonably well she does 'sign off' sometimes requiring a factory reset to bring back to life. So welcome to the Raymarine e7 Chartplotter and AIS to provide the off-watch peace of mind. The RC400 will be a third backup to the Lowrance 5300 nav station chartplotter.
Still plenty of work to do with the charging system with the most likely addition being a 70-80A alternator with smart charger, backed up by a semi flexible 80W solar panel. I need something lightweight and modular as my previous system was heavy and mounted to a targa bar and bimini setup. Jury still out on the benefits of the new Rutland 914i wind generator and smart charger....more research is required.