Originally Posted by HUMBER P4VWL
Gone for the Simrad Go7xse, but Merc needs a £200+ box to convert to NMEA, combined with the NMEA lead for another £60 it's a waste of money as we can just using the two new Merc smartcraft gauges with LED screens. Plotter screen for... plotting
I reckon I spent about £250 to get data on my screen. - Probably around 1/4 the value of the engine!
- I almost toyed with leaving space on my console for another small plotter to display the engine data. I may in the fullness of time replace my <as good as useless trim sender> for an NMEA digi display. ( My clamp assy is cobbled, and I never found a suitable way of hooking up a sender - I have now lived so long without a trim readout that I don't feel it would add much to my set-up, as I just use the engine note to optimise it...)
My reckoning is that I would rather know if a problem was creeping up on me, so in my head it was £250 well spent...
Also if you plotter talks to the engine, you have a hidden screen on the plotter (Assuming it's not just the old Lowrances that you can do that with) in case your Smartcraft gauges pack up and so have another way of having engine visibility... Although electronic back-up is another discussion in itself..