Originally Posted by TitanTn
Great feedback. It sounds like I definitely want to be looking at NMEA 2000
. I definitely want something that is networked and will allow me grow slowly into the system.
As I said, my immediate need is depth
. I don't need radar
right now. I want to add them over the next year or two. What I don't want to do is buy a depth sounder
now and then figure out later that it doesn't integrate into my network and feed the chart plotter, etc.
And I also don't want to look at a depth sounder
as a stand alone piece of equipment
if it'd be better to purchase
with the "networking hub" like the Vesper XB8000 that was referenced.
So what are the components of a system as I'm trying to describe?
(iPad for now, but might want to add a dedicated unit later)
receiver (in Ipad
, but maybe need an antenna
or even a separate unit?)
sounder (what's needed? a transducer that connects into what?)
- to come later unless I should start with the Vesper XB8000 that is the router for the network.
- much later
Thanks for the direction.
p.s. this is not for blue water
use, live-aboard, long passage
, or on a sail boat
Just my 2 cents worth but I do not consider an iPad
to be robust enough in a marine environment
to serve as your primary navigation
device and central hub. I think your first priority should be to get a tried and true MFD (Multi Function Display) that includes chart plotting capability. There are many choices: Furuno
, B&G, etc., etc. Pick one with a good reputation for durability and service
. I went with Furuno
11 years ago because many commercial
fisherman use Furuno. We have not been disappointed but you can find happy users from almost any of the big name vendors. Virtually all of the well known MFDs offer expansion to radar, depth sounding and AIS reception
. Those are the big three these days. From there you can build out to wireless networking for your secondary devices like iPads or laptops.