I'd avoid the slow transition.
Pull the bandaid off quickly.
We installed B&G Zeus2, 4g radar
, forwardscan sonar, AIS
, heading sensor, external gps
, DST and an n2k Icom Vhf
. Good integration between the zeus, radar, AIS
We also built a custom new helm
on our Liberty 458 to house the 12' Zeus and all controls for all systems in use underway. I'm glad we chose the 12' zeus. Anything smaller would be tedious to use imho.
We originally planned another zeus at the chart table but have found the gofree wifi
good enough for an inside station. Zeus hdmi to the tv in the salon
also provides a useful second non interactive display.
If you upgrade piecemeal you dont get the integrations.
We are seeing intermittent loss of depth
from the DST thru hull
sensor. The forwardscan conveniently acts as a backup depth
sensor. We can replace the DST and forwardscan easily as they're thru hull
installed and not permanently installed. These newer sensors seem to have some quality control issues.
I'll chase this as a warranty claim. We purchased all from Eric at Farralone Electronics
. He's been great at chasing up a missing AIS power cable.