Thanks. Most of the information posted on that link is about software/firmware updates and little to no information about system design or installation
. If a marine
electrical/electronic installer wanted to learn about CZone and applications, surely there would be information available. How do installers get certified for CZone? Why not make this information available?
Personally I would never install such a system by myself and expect everything to run properly (it's not like buying
a PC from a big box and you just turn it on). I would work
with a professional and certainly get any of my installation verified. But I want to know how the system is set up, how it's configured, how it's installed, etc. If I'm 1/2 to Hawaii
and something fails I can't just pull over to a marina and ask for help.
I can see why CZone would not want a bunch of DIYs to play around, have difficulties then complain or post poor reviews
. But these systems should not really be that complicated once you understand them. Car electronics
are complicated yet simple. Once I know how my BMW works I can diagnose it easily and configure when the interior
lights come on and how bright. A module fails, I can easily replace it. I would expect no less from my upgraded boat
Wouldn't the market for older boat upgrades be bigger than the new production market? In my area there are many power & sail that are 10+ years, well maintained but owners would consider upgrading. And they are like me: want to learn, get hands on, etc. It's not about saving pennies. Closing yourself to this market does not makes economic sense. Especially these days where so many businesses share information on Youtube, etc. so that potential customers can learn the details and best practices if they want to.
Sorry about the rant.