My dad purchased Southern Cross, his modified j/44, in late 2001. While she nicely ticked all of our offshore sailing wants, her electronics were dated. Also, being that it was 2001, the electronics consisted (mostly) of discrete instruments. There was little networking or interoperability. This problem was short-lived, however, because my dad installed a then state-of-the-art NMEA 0183 data backbone, allowing us to pipe networked information to our PC-based navigation software.