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Old 08-09-2017, 10:22 PM   #21
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Electronic display yes for sure, modern and elegant and practical. But I would always have a good old analogic backup on the dashboard, the ones with a needle as an indicator that will work even when my tablet battery blows up or my lcd display crashes. I may be a bit paranoid but...

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Good point, actually I am thinking I'll move my old analog panel down into the engine room. It strikes me as kind of odd that there isn't one down there as a matter of convention.

One would need at least one tablet for the engines and related systems, and one for nav, so there would be that redundancy, and for the price of some of these new integrated displays you could buy another couple of tablets as back up. All one would need on the flybridge is a shelf to snap the tablets into. They would need to be inside some of those waterproof cases to be used up there. But it seems like it would be far cheaper than the proprietary units... assuming it can be made to work.

I think the most fail critical part of the a system like this would be a single point of failure at your wifi router. If that goes down, I think you would lose everything - not good.

It's going to take some careful critical analysis to side step the pitfalls. It's fun to think about it though.
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I actually have mechanical gauges under the ER hatch as backup.
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I actually have mechanical gauges under the ER hatch as backup.
That is a good idea, I hadn't thought of orienting them so that by opening the hatch you could see them from the helm. Twice the bang for the buck!
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