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GrahamO
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After a good deal more investigation we have essentially come down to two basic options, the B&G Zeus Touch (either 7 (6.4) or 8 depending on price) or the Raymarine e7 Hybrid touch. Our thinking is as follows:

Apparent B&G Benefits:
Good sailing information and processing

Broadband radar option (despite the shorter ranges this would appear to be a better choice for us)

Intuitive display control

Good upgrade path to much improved autopilot integration with new autopilot computer

NMEA standard interfaces

B&G limitations:

Dreadful online information makes it less than clear what devices it will work with and what is required for the functionality we need

Smaller screen size for the equivilant model

Unclear chart options (we would like to use Navionics Gold)

Unclear GO Free integration and functionality (and needs add-on)

Increased cost?

Apparent Raymarine Benefits:

Theoretically easier integration (may not be real)

Good form factor

Good chart integration

Fully integrated WIFI (no other gear)

Raymarine limitations:

Proprietary interfaces

No broadband radar option

Less sail-friendly displays

Dreadful autopilot integration (even with new course computer)

Constrained upgrade path

I suspect we will go with the Zeus but I am getting both priced at the moment.

Graham

Graham and Janaki
Bristol 38.8

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