Called the Rolls Royce of displays by many and it has a price
tag to match that reputation, although street prices make it a bit easier on the wallet, but it's still the most expensive display by far. So how good is it? Well, very good! Let me start with a display that I like a lot:
station. Here, that saves you a couple hundred bucks elsewhere.
The outside humidity figure is missing here, which was announcing bad things about to happen (my wind/weather sensor ended up filled with water!) and that also prevents the display from calculating wind
chill and dew point. I do not have any inside sensors for temperature nor humidity. On the left we see the ground wind
projected over a compass
, and a barograph display below it. When you switch the display off, all data is lost
and you loose the 24 hour graph like on this picture.
Here the display shows that my Simrad
AP25 pilot does transmit rudder
angle (starboard 7 degrees according to the AP25) onto the N2K network correctly:
status. Remember that this is not a GPS
, this is the data as transmitted over the N2K network. The sensor in this case is the Maretron GPS200. Check out the detail of this status and compare it to other such pages!
The display is expensive, but after the weather
station, here is another way to save costs elsewhere: the traditional brass clock and barometer can go, plus you finally get to see UTC time as well for the SSB
nets ! (and you can set alarms on UTC time as well!)
This Maretron is champion on selecting data sources, Here it even shows data from two similar sensors on one screen! Left is the gyro compass
from the Simrad
and right is the Maretron SSC200 sensor.
Of course this display supports all data like wind, depth
etc. On the Maretron website you can download an emulator for this display on MS-Windows so that you can try out every possible combination of data.
There are some things that need to be mentioned besides the display of data. The DSM250 can be used to configure Maretron sensors in your network, like calibrating the compass, wind sensor etc. Also, the display can be used to configure alarms and this is an often overlooked strong point of Maretron imho. You can create alarms on any data that is on the N2K network and define the alarm
as <value> on/off, greater than <value>, less than <value> etc. The display itself can sound the alarm
but it can also control alarm modules that are plugged into the network elsewhere. This creates a single
standardized alarm that can keep watch on all system aboard incl. engines, MOB
sensors etc. etc. Right now, when an alarm sounds on Jedi, it can take me up to 5 minutes to find which dam thing is making that noise!
Time for the dark side of the display: to be honest, I did not find a single
bug yet. Maretron is driven by a bunch of geeks that encode every PGN to perfection, they set the standards for others to beat. And that is also the weakness of this display imho... because what it needs is a higher resolution, brighter colors, and a team of designers that can designs screens that look as good as all the new displays from Furuno
, B&G etc. In other words: it passed the geek approval tests with flying colors but needs to become a bit sexier. Do not let those software
geeks design those screens!