I am looking at different options for navigation equipment
for my new boat. On my current
boat I have a Raymarine
in the cockpit
and also at the chart table. I use Raytech software
on a laptop
which interphases with the Raymarine Seatalk
Despite not being the biggest fan of Raytech I can see that navigation software
on a computer works much better than a chartplotter
. This is due to easier navigation around the software, more customizable, more options, features etc etc.
I have been interested in the new raymarine C120 wide screen
chartplotter. I had a quick play with it at the Sydney boat show
on Sunday and was dissapointed. The interphace was not at all different or upgraded from my current
chartplotter. Unless it was much better I would rather steer clear from raymarine as their secret propietry language seatalk
is a pain, as well as other reasons.
After doing more reading I also started looking at Simrad
glassbridge GB40 and GB60. They seem much easier to use and look like they have better software with more featues. However Simrad
is said to not have very good support. In reading a little more it seems that the GB60 (not sure about the GB40) is just a computer plugged into a nice looking weatherproof display with Nobeltec
software installed on it. They have tweaked some of the software, but in essence that sounds like all it is. And of course, have stuck a huge price
tag onto it. Can anyone tell me if it is anything more than that?
So the question is, why would I get a chartplotter on my new boat? Would I be better having a small energy efficient desktop
computer (stored below) with good navigation software connected to a marine
in the cockpit
? It could be touch screen
or I could have a waterproof mouse and maybe keyboard.
The other electronics
on the boat will be B&G so I will connect the computer to the B&G processor with a router. I could also have another computer at the nav table with navigation software networked to the cockpit computer.
This system would be much cheaper, more user friendly, have more features, be more easily upgraded etc.
Comments are appreciated.