We're looking into having a ~28-30' pilothouse built for use out of Valdez. Regardless of manufacturer, it will have twin outboards and a kicker. Of course an option is a rear binnacle/station.
We have no desire to control the mains from the rear binnacle, but to be able to steer the kicker from the fish deck while trolling for salmon would be nice. In looking at the Garmin TR-1, isn't it essentially serving the same purpose?
For those of you with a rear station, would a TR-1 be beneficial and make the binnacle obsolete? For those with a TR-1, do you wish you had an actual steering wheel and throttle to use at times?
I guess what I'm looking for is:
"Don't rely solely on the TR-1, get the binnacle controls"
"Don't waste your money on the rear binnacle, the TR-1 will serve that purpose"
I appreciate you input, Thanks!!!