Originally Posted by Steel sails
I stopped by Jedi in "paradise" last week to ask his advice unfortunately I missed him.
So i will ask him on the forum and anyone else who wants to , can chip in.
Boat is a 49 ft Freydis cat carbon rotating mast on the hard
in Paradise! ( that would be Shelter bay Panama
to the rest of us)
I am intending to upgrade the electronics
with the following
Keep Existing tack tick speed and depth port hull
Tack tick wind
12" Zeus touch B&G
4g radar B&G
Triton depth starboard hull
mike for explorer Vhf Plus Icom
handheld VHF ( from last boat)
Add maretron or lcj captuers ultrasonic wind when I figure out how to compensate for mast rotation
Existing furuno Navnet
(Tack ticks can be moved inside to secondary mount position)
B&G go free wireless
running open cpn
Standard horizon explorer VHF (has built in gps for DSC)
Also have ipad
and bad elf Gps
still work in progress fitting hydrive hydraulic steering
with integral auto pilot as we speak. More on that to follow
Hi Paul, sorry we missed you but you'll be back I guess
What I would do is a bit more radical than your plan. I would remove all current
electronics and sell it. I sold everything I had right here on CF and got some serious money
for it that I could use to buy new. There are always people who need to replace a failed component or who want to extend using the same product line etc.
Next, I would install a NMEA2000 backbone using standarized components. Use Maretron components with their free design software
for that phase. The problem is going to be the rotating mast. We have friends with a trimaran
with a fixed wing and they have a rather big pole on the bow that holds instruments. For rotating masts I have heard about sensors that measure rotation. I would give Maretron a call about this, and/or B&G. You want this to work over NMEA2000.
Then you have NMEA2000 sensors for compass
, depth/speed/temp triducer, GPS (I would get 2 different brand ones, i.e. Maretron and Airmar), wind/weather, rudder
position etc. I would use Maretron, Airmar and Simrad
for those, making sure to convert to standard connectors if needed (SimNet to N2K cables
When that is done, you can start choosing from a lot of brands for displays etc. I think the B&G Triton displays are pretty top of the line now but there are also good looking Raymarine
displays out there. You don't need many, probably just one at a steering
position. For Autopilot, the Simrad
is an easy choice with their AC42 computer. For radar chartplotter
, that Zeus looks good. I would prefer a pulse radar if they have it but the 4G would be acceptable too. I would try to get the structure scan sonar if possible; on the same display unit.
Another, although pricey, option is the TZtouch from Furuno. The big advantage is that it will integrate with MaxseaTZ incl. radar which is great.
I would buy a Simrad RS-35 VHF (=NMEA2000) with that wireless remote (= nobrainer!) and a Vesper blackbox AIS with wifi
(model 7000?) which integrates with iPad.
That would be about it. There are some details to take care of, like how you will upgrade firmware in displays and sensors. You probably need to buy something for that.