My wife and I are working on a plan to update our electronics
for some extended cruising
. Our current
plan is to go with an MFD chartplotter
(likely Zeus2 9 or 12).
We did a couple thousand miles offshore
last year (Maryland to TX) via the Bahamas
and during that time it became obvious that we need all instruments to be visible from the companionway
area where the on watch person spends most of their time. Our current
instruments are all mounted at the helm
, which on our boat puts them too far back and facing the wrong direction to be usable without sliding back to take a look. We're considering mounting wind
, boat speed and depth
above the companionway
where they can be seen from anywhere in the cockpit
. Currently separate instruments but likely moving to something like B&G Triton 41 or possibly a pair of them but this gets pricey quick, but that's a bit of a tangent.
For the actual plotter and rest of the MFD functions, we'd need it to be usable from the helm
and preferably also when sitting up under the dodger
. The autopilot
has a wired remote
so course adjustments are easy from anywhere in the cockpit
or even inside the boat. The real question comes to how to best mount the MFD. We've been considering swinging or rotating mounts but I'm starting to wonder if we wouldn't be better off with a second MFD (Zeus2 7" is $1100 list) to give full function from either location. If we start looking at multiple small displays and expensive mounting options the price
could be a wash.
So I guess my question this. For those who are out there doing it, would you consider a second MFD (mpunted at the companionway) as a viable/preferable to dedicated wind/speed/depth instrumentation and single
MFD on a rotational mount at the helm?