Originally Posted by a64pilot
. . . what really makes me dislike them is about the time you need to get it repaired, you may find your only option is to replace, and likely the whole thing as the old Radar dome may not play with the new plotter etc.
The B&G luckily so far I havenít had to have it repaired, but hope they donít orphan products as fast as Garmin does, . . .
I wouldn't hope too much for this.
"orphan" their products with blinding speed. They so little care about the existing client base that when v2 of the GoFree app was released several years ago, this didn't support the first generation of Zeus plotters -- which had only been out of production for 3 or 4 years by that time -- and v1 was no longer available. You were prompted to upgrade, and if you did -- poof, no more GoFree. Barstewards.
The problem here is that they treat these expensive marine electronics
as if they were mobile phones, and support them as if normal use is to use them for two years and throw them away. I would not again buy marine electronics which are treated like that, if I have any choice.
When I got rid of my Raymarine Pathfinder radar and plotter, this gear
was more than 10 years old, but was still fully supported by Ray. Don't know if it's still like that with Ray, but marine electronics should have planned useful life of at least 10 years and should be supported like that. I can't imagine Furuno
orphan their products in 3 years like Navico
do. A pox on them.