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Old 19-03-2020, 19:13   #1
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NKE vs B&G Zeus

Does anybody have the NKE cruising pkg? I have a quote from upffront.com as follows

NKE Cruising package (SO332)

This is the basic cruising package with autopilot
It includes speed, depth, wind & gyropilot
We have included as an option the “True Wind & SOG mode”

I have had a Zeus touch pkg with 4g radar etc and was happy but intrigued by NKE so I thought for the new project that needs electronics I would revisit this.
Looking for anyone with the pkg onboard or use.
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We have NKE system on board.
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Re: NKE vs B&G Zeus

Ok what do you have and how do you like it so far? In comparison to any other brands you may have had and do you use a chart plotter or a lap top with opencpn or?
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NKE is mainly used by offshore racers (mostly french) with fancy and high-end pieces, e.g. HR/Regatta Processors and 3D Sensors. On a cruising side it is reliable stuff, but from my perspective is showing signs of stagnation with some items 10 or even 15 years old. They still use NMEA 0183 format. At the time of purchase in 2013 NKE was about 30% cheaper vs B&G and it was the main factor to choose NKE. Probably it is the same "cruising pack" but with some additional items, e.g. autopilot remote control (must-buy), baro sensor, WiFi output. Now I would upgrade fluxgate compass (Resolution: 1°) with 9-axis (Resolution: 0.01°). Maybe electromagnetic speed sensor with ultrasonic and standard wind sensor with HR, but just maybe. We do not have chartploter, just laptop running Adrena and TimeZero Navigator (connected via Digital Yacht NMEA 0183 to USB adaptor). Plus tablets/phones with Navionics and Sailgrib WR connected via XB-8000 AIS WiFi.
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