Innovative electronics like Navico ID hardly mentioned, a new paradigm?

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

2 Responses

  1. Jeffrey Orling says:

    Sure it’s great to have one *screen* or one device with several *screens* which report on or display data and status of all information sources/instruments/transducers. That would a *nav station* in one device. Among my concerns would be it’s putting all your eggs in one basket. If that baby goes down… you loose the farm. Of course many people have mobil chartplotters/GPS as well they should. And N2K cockpit display should still report. Maybe I don’t get the big advantage over having a nav station with several types of units displaying various data living side by side. Real estate can be an issue. I am looking forward to seeing this concept up close and personal as I am facing a complete new electronics package in the foreseeable future

  2. Andrew Moyle says:

    Great piece, Ben.

    “Information Display” is such an innocuous term, but it really is that simple of a concept. Standalone devices are going away, and are being replaced by a display and sensors connected via a hub.

    The reality so many components out there, and the expectation is that all these systems “just work” would seem to be at odds. How long before it’s just easier (aka cheaper) for the industry make the next leap, to all-in-one boats?

    Maybe when Elon Musk “retires” he’ll go into boatbuilding?

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