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
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.