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Our boat s/v Viva is a 53" ketch from 2002 built by Amel a French shipyard.I made a diagram of our electronic - see attached - mostly Furuno and the chart software - Maxsea TZ - is a Furuno partner. However the chart plotter per say is on a rugged desk top and I think a second screen - plugged on a remaining COM port - might do.This second screen should have touch screen feature, be water proof and the luminosity must be adjustable.What would you recommend?Thanks
Dominique GuenotUnfortunately cannot attach the diagram
Submitted: 9 months ago.Category: Boat
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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
It seems I have been directed to a Marine Mechanics. This is not what I need.
I need a Electronic Marine Expert with knowledge of Furuno products and ideally MaxSea TZ software
See electronic diagram attached
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Marine Mechanic: Boat Doc, Boat Enthusiast replied 9 months ago
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Hi, sorry for the delay. Still looking for input on your system?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
1) is my assesment is correct?
2) what water proof display/ vendor will you recommend?
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Marine Mechanic: Boat Doc, Boat Enthusiast replied 9 months ago

H​I, I have looked over your network and how you have it set up right now. I'd like to add this thought. Although you can get a ruggedized, waterproof, touch screen monitor to do what you want, I would recommend going with a stand alone MFD/GPS unit. If you did that you would have a dedicated, completely independent navigation system that would be more modern and stable than what you are working with now. Any new unit you buy will be on the NMEA 2000 standard for network communication, but some can also still use NMEA0183 like you are using now. And most MFDs will take in a standard video feed, so you could pull info from the rest of the network onto that screen. As an aside, you have many more choices since a monitor like you desire is fairly specialized. Whether you decide on a Furuno, Garmin, Raytheon, the communication functions will still be available and you have a redundant system with better performance than you have now. If you give me a size you desire I could give you some model numbers and types to fit the bill.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
OK
The size I am looking for is 14" or 15" diagonal.About the MFD/GPS solution you are suggesting, my comments are:
- I have already a Furuno GP1870 with GPS as a stand alone for GPS redundancy
- I don't want to buy new electronic maps. I have been travelling since mid 2015 and I have the med, the atlantic, the carabeans, South america to get the Galapagos and from French Polynesia to Australia ,,,a significant investment. These maps are working with Maxsea the software.My current system is working and stable. It was delivered with this boat which I bought used.
I am not having any performance problem.I got an estimate from a Furuno dealer and we are above 5000$.
They have not been able to explain really the value to me.I am waiting for marine display only pricesIf I can re-use the existing maps with Maxsea software, my questions are:
- what is the value of a MFD?
- what MFD will you suggest?Thanks
DG
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