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Re: Digital vs. Analog engine gauges
I'm looking at gauges for my small Yanmar diesel (Ammeter, Oil pressure, Water Temp and Voltmeter). Most of the gauges I've seen have been analog. Then I found these by Cruz Pro. CruzPro electronic boat instruments, alarms, digital gauges and monitors
My depth, wind speed, boat speed gauges are all digital and I'm wondering why I don't see more digital engine gauges on the market. They seem to cost about three times as much. Other than that, are there any drawbacks?
I like analog engine gauges as I can glance at them and tell if I am where I should be. I don't really care what my exact oil pressure is to the 10th of a PSI, I want to know if I have pressure and if it is about where it was yesterday.
Batteries on the other hand I like digital, as there a tenth of a volt is important and you can't see that accurately on an analog gauge. So there is a place for both.