For years we have used our Furuno
once and a while on passage
at night. Over the years, we had to replace the main component in the radome and now, our second display is dead! I am a little tired of spending lots of money
and new parts
Here are my choices, perhaps some of you can point me in the right direction ... (I appreciate you sharing).
1> repairing my display (and the one before I kept!)
- I found a experienced electronic guy here in the Philippines
where I am now
- But he need the technician manual with complete schematics ...
Where could I get that?
Where could I get parts
like the LCD display (we think that is the failed part?)
2> find a used display for sale
(and hope it's life expectancy is not too short!)
Anyone has one ... or like autopilots, displays die first generally!)
3> I bite the bullet and buy a new unit ... taking down the present radome ... and contributing to landfills!
- In that case, I would like to get a radar
that does not need it's own proprietary display ... a radome that can be interfaced with any laptop/PC and be seen in Open CPN
Anyone has any feedback about these?
4> I resisted buying
so far but I am more open to get one after hearing so many positive cruisers testimonials. If I do, I would also like to get one that I could directly interface with laptop/PC.
The reasons I like the approach of radar/AIS using our ship's PC as display are avoiding another piece of equipment
(proprietary display) that cost more money
, takes more space and will give more headaches to replace/repair later. And ... no, I am not putting my eggs in one basket as we have 3 redundant 12v PC on the boat