This winter, I intend to update my chartplotter
(Furuno 1723C NavNet) and radar
(Furuno). These date from 2000, and while they work OK, my eyes would like a larger screen
(currently 7" on the NavNet). The chartplotter
is mounted at the helm
station in a pod above the steering wheel
. I have a split backstay that splits into a Y about 12' above the deck
; the radar
is located on a platform there. I have in-mast furling
so there is no wide roach to hit the backstay mounted radar. The remaining instrumentation (wind direction/velocity; depth
and speed log) is B&G as is the autopilot
. These feed to the chart plotter via NMEA
183 set up, and I am hoping that they will not need to be changed. They function just fine. I have AIS
(Em-Tek) and want that to feed into the new chartplotter.
Requirements: a larger screen
chartplotter (at least 12" diagonal), color, with radar overlay to be mounted at helm
. Radar can remain located on the platform at the backstay. It works fine there. Radar: either 2 or 4kw radome. Must have GPS
, obviously. Boat used for cruising, not racing
. The Navnet
uses CMap+ chips, but I do not have that many that I am wedded to that brand.
I will be window shopping
for a chartplotter and radar at the sail boat show
next month. What should I be looking at?