By Ben Ellison
I’m in the process
of ordering a dual-station Sealine F42/5. What do think of MapTech’s
touchscreen chartplotter? L.G, via e-mail
But you should also note that there’s some serious competition building in this high-end niche. Northstar has just introduced the 15-inch 972, a PC-based multifunction display that offers Maptech raster chart navigation, like its popular 962 predecessor, as well as all of Nobeltec’s Passport cartography already loaded on its hard drive. Nobeltec itself has introduced a nifty new high-resolution Ethernet-based radar, and it’s available as part of an all-in-one touchscreen system from VEI. Even higher up the price-point scale, Raymarine is now shipping its highly stylish H6 dual-computer, dual-screen nav/entertainment/communications system. I was struck at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show with how many Maptech and Nobeltec scanners sat atop fine yachts, signaling how far computer-based navigation has advanced. There’s much more to report on this subject, and next month’s column will be dedicated to it.
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This article originally appeared in the January 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.