Part 3: i5000 Multisystems Display
By Tim Clark — March 2002
The i5000 is the TIS’s top-of-the-line multisystems display, including chartplotting, GPS, sonar, and engine monitoring. The chartplotter appears to be a good, sound, black and white product running C-Map NT cartography and offering course-up and north-up viewing. Its SatMax 12-channel GPS can be upgraded to DGPS and includes 250 preprogrammed waypoints. Users can enter 50 additional temporary waypoints and up to 20 reversible routes. The unit’s 200-kHz sonar includes fishfinding and depthfinding to 1,000 feet and split-screen zoom capability. And the screen can also be split to show chartplotting and sonar simultaneously.
Notably, the i5000’s integration into the MagicBus also enables it to display the same data that the i2000 gauges handle. On smaller boats with limited helm space this makes it possible to reduce the number of, or entirely do without, gauges.
Perhaps the most attractive components included in the TIS are the electronic controls Teleflex is famous for. Their impressive features are too numerous to go into here but include enviably smooth operation, coded station selection for safety, split-range throttle range selection for sensitive slow-speed control of the lowest 25 percent of the engine rpm, and optional single-lever, synchronized dual-engine control–even for a pair of outboards.
In terms of these controls, and the TIS/MagicBus in general, Teleflex has not been sitting on its hands waiting for the majority of engines on the market to become electronic. Instead, it has developed interface boxes that can translate digital control signals to mechanical actuators on nonelectronic engines. (A related interface allows nondigital engines to display data on the i5000 and the i2000 gauges.)
Similarly, the TIS i3000 computer-controlled autopilot connects to most hydraulic steering systems. When plugged into the MagicBus it can pick up course, waypoint, and route information from the data stream at the same time it inputs steering instructions, and its information can be read either on the i5000 or the smaller i5500 display.
With the MagicBus as their backbone, all these components can be added or not according to the skipper’s needs and desires. With the smart styling of its components, their data sharing, electronic troubleshooting, ease of installation, and dramatically simplified and lightweight wiring, the system should be equally attractive to boat owners and boatbuilders.
But thanks to TIS’s basis in NMEA 2000, skippers and boatwrights alike won’t be limited to Teleflex components. Because of the interface’s open architecture, NMEA 2000-compliant components from other manufacturers can also be plugged into the system. Already, Raymarine has begun working with Teleflex to make sure its High Speed Bus products are compatible with the TIS and to develop new products based on the NMEA 2000 open architecture. Other companies in the marine industry stepping aboard include GM Powertrain, Honda Marine, Jabsco, Mercury Marine, Volvo Penta, Xantrex, and Yamaha Marine. More are sure to follow, because suddenly going by bus is looking pretty attractive.
Teleflex Marine Phone: (610) 495-7011. Fax: (610) 495-7470. www.tfxmagicbus.com.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.