Dear Mr. Priddy, we don't all have lids on our boats to put TV''s!... or scrabble boards in!
Graeme, my only comment, the thoughts between the 126 & 128 GPS. As you know from our Cherbourg trip, I have a 128 with a posh aerial on the back. The 126 has an integral one. I have plugged a self-contained, 2" long aerial into the back on my 128 - inside the console - and it works perfectly. Ergo I SUSPECT that the 126 will probably do just as well as laying in meters of cable to an aerial on the A Frame. let me know if it works if you do it. I thought you were buying MY boat!.... maybe!
On Chartploters with electronic maps. You will wish you had one if there is a strong Southerly wind blowing and you are crossing from Corsica to Italy and the waypoints you have chosen, take you SOUTH of Elba. Then you will wish you could put in a new waypoint to take you NORTH of Elba... but its too windy to get the chart out! I did!