Thanks for the info.
> Your best option is buying
a Raymarine dome that does work with your C90. Another option is to sell your C90
I was afraid as much was true. Unfortunately the C90 is just one part of an all Ramarine install (autopilot w/remote, sounder, hull speed
, wind). In fact, the Furuno
radar is the only thing not Raymarine (well, that and the Standard Horizon Matrix that was hacked into the system to provide an AIS
> Many of the new chartplotters have wifi integration now that allows ipad display - I don't know if yours does. Navico offers that ability.
Humm... more choices. What I'd really like is something that sniffs the Seatalk
bus and dumps the sentences to Wifi... seems like a simple RFC to write, but I suppose the NMEA
organization would come after anyone that tried.
So... just to make sure I understand, my options are:
1 - buy a broadband 3G/4G radar with matching chartplotter plus GoFree just to get the ipad functional
2 - buy just the broadband 3G/4G radar dome and run OpenCPN with the appropriate plugin
...or, is a third option possible?
> OpenCPN has a couple plugins that accept radar input,
This is what interests me the most. I think OpenCPN is the non-proprietary way forward. I'm perfectly happy to strap an ipad to the binnacle to get radar and provide a backup CP. OpenCPN on a tablet/computer on the inside provides additional backup and additional features (satellite/sw weather
, grib plotting and the like)
I had heard that a regular, generic wifi gateway (I like mikrotik) was sufficient to duplicate the functionality of GoFree. Seems like the GoFree, with it's huge heat sink, might be a bit of a power pig.
> Many chartplotters have an output for an external alarm
...and this is the main fly in the ointment. If I go the ipad/openCPN route
, I lose the alarm functionality. I'd hate to spend $2k for "a machine that goes 'Ping!'".