Originally Posted by Pete Meisinger
How about a total cost estimate, include labor time and misc expenses.
It's definitely not for me. Temp, Tach and oil pressure is all I need. In my case, it's a forty year old tub. Lets not get too sophisticated.
Something about putting lipstick on a pig. In my case the forty year old trawler is still just a forty year old trawler and it would confuse the owner.
KISS (Keep it Simple Sailor)
Pete, this project can be as cost effective or cost intensive as you wish it to be. In my case, I already had a repainting/redo of the upper helm in the priority to-do list, so it was as inexpensive as it could have been.
Our configuration is tach/ volts/ oil pressure/oil temp for twin engines, and will be interfacing fuel flow and usage later.
Assuming you have MFDs that are NMEA 2k compatible, the only parts that are really needed:
When you call Chetco, Joe (owner, designer, tech support) and his team will walk you thru the layout and configuration- ans endure each and every question you may have. They have excellent customer support, and are located in Oregon- so all is US made and supported.