I got a 7" Zeus2 as soon as they came out. I had a Lowrance HDS-7m Gen2 prior to that, and there are a lot of similarities, so I was already pretty used to a Navico chartplotter
I do like the Zeus2, but maybe not as much as I expected to. I was looking forward to the SailSteer and layline features, but find that I really don't use them that much.
This is my first touchscreen plotter, and I really like that. Super easy and fast to pan, zoom, select items on the chart, enter waypoint names, etc. No problems using the screen
in rain, but the SD card door may not be as waterproof as it needs to be. I had to have my unit replaced and I think moisture in the card slot may have been a factor.
Probably my single
favorite feature is how it can calculate current
direction and speed, but you have to have the paddlewheel calibrated perfectly for it to work correctly.
I have not yet upgraded my radar
, but I'm looking forward to having that integrated.
I wish Navico
had a better tactical display of AIS
information. I recently had to dodge three ships at once and was constantly working the plotter to monitor
them all. It doesn't tell you if they're crossing ahead or behind.
I wish you could edit routes by dragging the waypoints around. It seems the only way to move a waypoint is by editing the coordinates, which I think is unnecessarily painful.
it comes with are not worth much. Be prepared to buy charts
. I already had a Navionics
Platinum+ chip, but also bought C-MAP
MAX-N charts with Explorer data in the Bahamas
. Both work great. When buying
chart, you can select Zeus Touch for your type of plotter (if they haven't added Zeus2 by then). It works.
I have a couple gripes about esoteric issues:
Changing from the HDS to the Zeus2 seriously degraded the signal quality from my old LWX-1 satellite
receiver, so I think the Zeus2 is electrically noisy. My unit doesn't display weather
data from the LWX-1, but I'm not certain that it isn't a signal quality problem. I will probably try moving the LWX-1 before shelling out for a WM-3.
I also wrongly assumed that Tritons & Zeus units would be able to display port and starboard depths. Alas, they cannot. Maybe a software
upgrade some day will allow it.