I'm getting back into owning a sailboat to cruise
in and am looking for an integrated sailing instrument display head
to mount at the helm
The last decent size sailboat I owned, was fitted out with a unit called "Combi" something or other. Is was a single
that simultaneously showed: apparent wind
angle & speed, boat speed, depth
, and so on on a single
head in a single casing about 14" long by 7" tall or so.
Don't remember the name of the manufacturer, but it wasn't any of the big names like B&G, Simrad
, Ray marine
Todate, I haven't found anything quite like that available in the current
market. It seems all that I have looked at so far have multiple display heads or when 1 or 2 parameters are lumped together, you have not only smaller displays (read as harder to see in a glance) but sometimes require turning a switch to see the other data.
I'm fairly well aware of the current GPS
chart plotters that can be overlaid with radar
, sonar, etc. and I intend to have a separate one for those nav related functions.
Does anyone out there know of any integrated, large size, sailing data displays in a single head as opposed to multiple data displays hung together?
I went through all the arguments for and against an integrated display head when I bought and installed the COMBI in the mid 80's. I'm well experienced at sea & it's demanding requirements.
By the way, the system never failed - ever.