It’s rare that a new nav system that focuses solely on sailors is introduced, but
that’s just what’s happening this year with B&G’s new MFD displays, the Zeus Z8 and
Z12. The system benefits from the controls and software found in other Navico systems
— look at the keypad, and you’ll notice an eerily similar appearance to
Simrad’s NSE. The big leg up for sailors is the addition of sailing-specific nav functions, especially the inclusion of GRIB weather-file
display and animation, and WindPlot histograms that analyze wind
patterns. This allows you to depict laylines while considering future
wind patterns as well as current ones, to predict the fastest course
along your route. All of the other perks you expect in a full-blown nav
system are plug-and-play simple to add, such as radar, AIS, broadband
sounding, Sirius satellite radio and weather, SonicHub entertainment,
and B&G’s H3000 instruments. $3,695 - $4995; www.bandg.com
Standard Horizon CPN 700i/1010i
In this day and age, we demand WiFi everywhere we go – including on our boats.
That’s why Standard Horizon came out with the networkable, waterproof CPN 700i (with
a seven-inch screen) and the CPN 1010i (with a 10.2-inch screen), a pair of touch-screen
chart plotters that feature built-in WiFi, and more. Both units have sunlight-viewable bonded screens, backup toggle controls for times when it’s too rough to use the touch screen,
video input, and a built-in GPS antenna. They can “talk” to other electronics via Bluetooth,
and the CPN plotters also offer both USB and Ethernet connectivity. Now you can stream
music and surf the net, right from the helm. $1,500 for the 700i; $2,300 for the 1010i;
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