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Old 03-14-2019, 03:09 PM   #1
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What's the diff?

Here is your proverbial 'Dumb Question of the Day', but I have to ask.

What is the difference between a multi-function display and a chart plotter?
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Old 03-14-2019, 03:20 PM   #2
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I suspect with most, at least older, models a plotter would show you a chart and your track. Period. Whereas an MFD could be made to show multiple charts, engine data, camera views, weather stuff, AIS info, etc.

Might have more recently devolved to where newer "plotters" and MFDs are the same thing, though...

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I believe Ranger is correct - our boat came with a 2012 Simrad NSS and the Operator Manual does not refer to it as either a chartplotter or MFD, but it will display charts, radar, autopilot.....
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Yes, a multifunction display can be a chartplotter but not all chartplotters are multifunction displays. MFDs can display charts, radar, sonar images, etc.


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Here is your proverbial 'Dumb Question of the Day', but I have to ask.

What is the difference between a multi-function display and a chart plotter?

A "Chart Plotter" is just a chart plotter -- you could say it is a 'single-function display', because it cannot display data from your sonar, radar, etc.


I don't think anyone makes a standalone dedicated chart plotter anymore, it's probably been 20 years since I saw one on the market.



Nowadays, the term 'chart plotter' does not refer to a piece of dedicated hardware, but rather refers the chart plotter function of an MFD.
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Do MFDs have multiple inputs or pull all the data from NEMA2000 networked devices?
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Do MFDs have multiple inputs or pull all the data from NEMA2000 networked devices?
Yes. That is, either.

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Do MFDs have multiple inputs or pull all the data from NEMA2000 networked devices?

And many (all?) also take NMEA0183 input. Maybe less reliance on that these days...

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What is the difference between a multi-function display and a chart plotter?
I think the above posts have answered your question but here's a few views of the Raymarine series of MFDs.
Tons of different models & prices

https://www.google.com/search?q=Raym...&dpr=1#imgrc=_

Close up of a eS128 App Screen. (More choices by scrolling Left to Right.)
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