By Ben Ellison
The 972 is a major update of Northstar’s ground-breaking 962 discussed in the column, and thus its high-resolution (1024x768 pixel), 15-inch multifunction display is actually the head end of a purpose-built navigation PC. Like the 962, it supports paper-like Maptech chart CDs, but now it offers cartographic choices. Its hard drive comes loaded with Nobeltec’s worldwide Passport vector charts along with 3-D bathymetric data and photo maps for U.S. waters (the Bahamas is also covered); it takes only a phone call to purchase and unlock a region. Options for a $11,995 972 include various-size high-resolution Ethernet radar scanners, a black-box fishfinder, and a second full-function control head. Video input and output are also possible, and one possible repeater is the company’s new 1502 monitor, which can handle up to six camera, entertainment, black box, and computer inputs. The $6,495 1502’s case complements both the 972 and Northstar’s new 15-inch 6000i embedded multifunction display.
Northstar ( (800) 628-4487. www.northstarnav.com.
This article originally appeared in the February 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.