I agree with Snore, almost completely. Navico
has a similar detached control arrangement that is a nice addition on a lot of boats if they have room for it.
If you look back at the development history
of MFD screens, you'll see manufacturers bouncing around between touch screen only, keypad only and hybrid designs as they try to sort out these issues.
planning and working at the dock
, I DO like the touch screen It can be a lot faster to pick locations, and information off the screen. An excellent interface IMO for a below deck
On our 52 foot boat, we have no trouble using the 12 inch cockpit
touch screen when underway, even in the roughest conditions. Our touch screen is located well under a hard dodger
, and spray rarely gets to it. If it gets salty enough however, it does go all funky. That's when it is nice that it has a hybrid interface, and we can do ALMOST everything with the knobs and buttons.
I am mystified how people driving center cockpit fishing
boats are supposed to use touch screens while underway bouncing off waves, and with spray flying everywhere. That is a larger market these day than us sailors, and I haven't seen good solutions there--yet.