"Santa" brought our boat a lovely B&G Touch 7 MFD/chartplotter complete with a GoFree wireless interface for Christmas
. The GoFree unit will allow us to remotely control many functions of the Touch7 using an iPad
or Android tablet. I haven't used a system like this before and am not quite sure what to expect out of it. Our current
is mounted at the helm
on a RAM mount which is a fantastic solution as it allows the unit to swivel for viewing from anywhere within the cockpit
. This is in contrast to our radar
display which is located at the nav station and is all but useless when at the helm
Now here's the crunch. To mount the Touch 7 at the nav station will be super easy (in a working-on-the-boat context!), whereas mounting at the helm will require sawing, drilling to cater for the additional cables
and some semi-serious cable routing, along with the purchase
of some rather expensive extension cables
. So this has got me thinking - should I mount the T7 MFD at the nav station and RAM mount a tablet to the helm (I'm thinking of something like a water
resistant Sony Xperia for this)?
Pros would not only be the easier installation
of the T7, but also it will be weather
protected and less exposed to sticky fingered passerby's when the boat is unattended / easier to remove when not in use. Cons could be general usability of the GoFree system (which is my primary question) and other things like the quality of tablet displays in sunlight and the increase in power consumption
with such a system.
With the above in mind, can anyone toss in an opinion or experience in using the GoFree system to control a MFD remotely with a tablet in a similar configuration?
Cheers and Merry Christmas
to all. Jeff.