Navigation is the hub of a boat and having the right information in easy reach is key to a safe and pleasurable trip whether you are out exploring the Solent or planning to go further afield. Having the right components to give you the information you need is so important and how the information is presented depends on what you feel comfortable using.
If you are under sail there are four components to ensure a good safe trip. Location, speed, depth and wind. This information is usually viewed by the use of a single glass known as a Multi function display (MFD) however it is still good practice to have other instruments working along with the main MFD. Options include one or two secondary glass screens that can display different options.
One option currently installed on Midgiwee is an MFD at the helm such as a Raymarine Axiom or a B&G Vulcan supported by two Raymarine i70s flanking the Autopilot p70 head unit. These instruments report speed depth and wind information via a transducer information Hub such as a Raymarine ict-5 these then pass the information around the boat using NMEA2000 and SeaTalk ng CAN-BUS.
Having the information shared across a network means it is available at multiple locations. Setting up a Nav Station below at a chart table is always useful this can be done using a second MFD giving you two Chart plotters, two GPS systems and information at a planning area.
At DIB Marine Electrical we can advise on what would work well for your navigation requirements and of course you can come and see equipment live and operating in a real marine environment and actually try it on the water to see if it is right for your needs. The MFD is such a versatile piece of navigation equipment and can do far more than just be a navigation aid and could be a useful asset to any vessel.
Please always remember electronic aids are just that and it still is good practice and fun to know how to use real paper charts though boating now has great tools to give you more time at the helm and not the chart table.