We have the B&G on our 2015 L400S2 and are very satisfied. It works great and after initial problems that resulted in a new Zeus 12" on warranty, there has been no glitches.
Being an Electronics Engineer
, I would prefer taking the whole package from Lagoon. It is easier to negotiate with the company that delivers the whole package than discussing whose fault it is that a component isn't working. There are many stories floating around this forum where buyers complain about less scrupulous vendors doing installs of electronics
makers etc and they have usually regretted not purchasing
it all as part of the boat purchase
It used to be that prices varied wildly depending on where in the world you purchased your gear
. In 2006, when we bought our previous boat, RayMarine
gear cost half in the US than in Europe
(Sweden). Nowadays, I'm not sure. The onslaught of iPads, Open CPN
and Amazon eMarkets, have put tremendous pressure on pricing.
A long time ago, I used my laptop
as my primary nav tool but the quality of the screen
on the Zeus is so much better that I would never go back. I have backup with Navionics
and Surface but their screens can't handle the sunlight like the Zeus.
Hope that this gives you something to go on when considering your new boat. In the several hundred thousand Euros that a new Lagoon costs, the Nav gear is not the place to be stingy.