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Old 02-21-2013
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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
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