Originally Posted by nematon785
1.At what minimum size does a chartplotter
become a tool in the cockpit
rather than a novelty?
2.does combining feeds require an increase in this size? how much? for example, throw in radar
, sonar and apparent wind
etc into an MFD.
3. Is combining displays into one screen
a good navigational/piloting practice? Does it help?
4. Any direction or website on general instructions for operating electronic navigation
gear? like a website that covers common input and behavior of all brands? Or do I need to learn each manufacturer by manual? (for chartering a knowledge base would be nice when confronted with new equipment)
I have used Maxsea
for many years
1. I think bigger is better, so you can zoom in for detail & still see a reasonable distance around you. Laptop
is minimum size for main plotter.
2. & 3. I like most equipment
to stand alone for sake of reliability
and easy interpretation. AIS
on chart plotter is good. Radar
should stand alone. Independent GPS like Furuno
Gp32 is good, so is Garmin handheld.
4. Knowledge can be built up gradually, helps to have good simple gear, like Furuno
, chart on the table, transfer lat & long often enough but hourly max when away from hazards. Use your plotter when in confined waters.
Enjoy and take care