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Old 01-08-2015, 18:36   #1
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MFD NavNet Touch2 TZTL15F or TZT14?

Now that my major refit is almost over, it’s time to order a new Nav package.

Furuno has just released their Touch2 which has some great features and add-on’s but appears to be still working on interface issues

Has anyone else compared those 2 choices for a new installation??
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Re: MFD NavNet Touch2 TZTL15F or TZT14?

I also purchased TZT14 early this year and considering TZT2 12F for nav desk. If it has interface issue, then TZT14 might be better option. I like to hear comments.
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Re: MFD NavNet Touch2 TZTL15F or TZT14?

Now that I am at the point of running interface cables, I’m resurrecting this thread as I really need advice and opinions on best way to configuring my new Furuno Electronics with the Pilot house computer.

The big change is that I have built a new cockpit console and put the Furuno MFD TZ Touch 2-15” outside with the new Instruments and autopilot….Just finished the console with instruments installed and I think it looks great, with the Carbon Fiber face.

The Pilothouse traditional Nav station is now more a back-up of Instrument displays for anchor watch. However there is now room to put a big Monitor for the main computer at this starboard console as I have relocated the SSB in my Office

First question…Recommended Size and layout of Starboard Console Monitor….
This Monitor and processor will be used for all the Nav Programs and ships business including a feed of Data to the MFD TZ Touch 2-15” outside

It will also be our Audio-Video entertainment center so finding the right processor and High Res Monitor has me stuck as it will be for Movie Nights as well.

Option 1: I have option to fit a 17” fixed monitor near centerline
Option 2: A bigger Monitor in corner that can swing out to be viewed from helm station and for Movies

What size and resolution would you recommend?
Which Option would you choose as to Layout?

Thanks in advance
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Re: MFD NavNet Touch2 TZTL15F or TZT14?

My comments on this, based on running a similar system:

1. Don't try to combine nav computer functions with entertainment. I have a 23" 4K monitor for nav functions and a 32" Samsung TV for entertainment. I do put nav functions on the TV (either OpenCPN or mirror the plotter screen) for viewability away from the nav table, but never the other way around. YMMV.

2. That being said, in my opinion 17" is too small for this. If you're using it for route planning, especially if you have raster charts, then you will really want it to be at least 21" I think and full HD at a very minimum (and I highly recommend 4K if the program and computer support it).

3. You will find it extremely useful to have nav computer monitor and Furuno MFD side by side. For collision avoidance or other times you use the radar intensively, leave the MFD screen on radar and do other things (including AIS -- superlative AIS display on OpenCPN) on the nav computer monitor. If you can fit the large Furuno MFD and a computer monitor on the same panel, go for it, I would say.

4. No need for a separate GPS display. I actually love and need the traditional GPS display with position, SOG, COG, DTW, ETA, etc. but you can get that screen on any modern instrument MFD like the Triton, and you can display the same information in an instrument bar on the MFD. OpenCPN will also display this. Much better use that space for another instrument MFD. I have one Maretron DSM250 and one Triton at my nav table, and wouldn't at all mind a second Triton. And that's just a nav station below decks; for a pilothouse nav station I think I would want a pretty complete suite of displays, maybe three or four instrument displays in addition to the radar/plotter displays.

5. Do you work the pilot from the nav station, or only from the helm station? You might be able to eliminate the wheel with the right pilot control and do everything from the nav station. I don't know about the Furuno, but the B&G Zeus has a quite good pilot control built into the plotter MFD. Add a joystick and you're done.
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