Every year, the people at nmeaboater.com (the National Marine Electronics Association) ask manufacturers to name one model in a boating electronics category that they think is their best. It’s not necessarily the most technically advanced or the one with the most bells and whistles, but it is the one that, for a variety of reasons, they put at the top of their line. Here’s the list for multifunction displays:
A new mid-range product in the Simrad line of MFDs, the NSX chartplotter/fishfinder redefines the easy-to-use touchscreen experience, while providing powerful new C-MAP charting and navigation with DISCOVER X and REVEAL X charts, true multifunction capability with a sonar, radar and autopilot suite, as well as a simple setup to make boating adventures and navigation more accessible and enjoyable. The versatility and functionality that NSX offers makes it the ideal solution for a wide variety of boaters from novices to veterans and small center consoles to bigger deep-sea fishing boats.
The Axiom XL 16 MFD offers superior performance, large format visibility and elegant simplicity. Every model in the Axiom XL lineup uses IPS display technology and optical bonding to deliver wider viewing angles, sharp contrast, and high-performance readability in bright sun. Edge-to-edge glass construction gives vessel designers the ability to create integrated and elegant helms with a sleek, modern appearance. More than just a big MFD, Axiom XL 16 is also a powerful, super-bright HDMI monitor and repeater. It supports HDMI input and output, along with touch control input and output, making integration of other onboard systems easy.
Furuno’s NavNet TZtouch3 multitouch MFD, available in the 16-inch TZT16F, includes a powerful quad-core processor for lightning-fast response, a built-in dual-channel 1kW TruEcho CHIRP and CW fishfinder, edge-swipe features and single-tap menu options, so you’re never more than a tap or swipe away from what you want to do. Furuno’s PIN Code lock allows you to require a four-digit password on startup, keeping your data safe against theft. TZtouch3 utilizes Furuno’s award-winning network sensors, such as solid-state Doppler radar, DFF3D multibeam sonar with PBG (Personal Bathymetric Generator), AIS, instruments, engine data, and more. NavNet TZtouch3 is also available in the 19-inch TZT19F and the 9- and 12-inch TZT9F and TZT12F with hybrid control.
Get a sharper view from your connected helm with the GPSMAP 1243xsv chartplotter. With its high-resolution 12-inch in-plane switching display, ultra-sleek design and vivid sonar color palette, it seamlessly integrates into your Garmin marine system. It also features built-in ultra-high-definition SideVü and ClearVü scanning sonars and supports 1kW CHIRP traditional sonar as well as fully networkable radar and Panoptix LiveScope sonar devices. Take advantage of preloaded BlueChart g3 coastal charts and LakeVü g3 inland maps, or new Garmin Navionics+ or premium Garmin Navionics Vision+ cartography. Easily build your marine system, from compatible sonar and autopilots to compatible radar, cameras and multimedia, using HTML 5.0, NMEA 2000 and NMEA 0183 network connectivity, J1939 for engines and the Garmin Marine Network.
The APEX 19 MEGA SI+ chartplotter provides a remarkably clear sonar imaging on a very sharp multifunction display. MEGA Imaging+ and Dual Spectrum CHIRP sonar come standard, with even more performance from a dedicated sonar channel for accessory 2D CHIRP transducers, up to 2kW. See everything clearly on an 18.5-inch full-HD touchscreen display that provides a customized arrangement of information from advanced networking options like NMEA 0183/2000, HDMI In/Out, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Add the power of the One-Boat Network to integrate the accuracy of Humminbird Digital GPS charts, boat control from Minn Kota, and reach new depths with wireless control of Cannon Optimum downriggers. The APEX 19 MEGA SI+ chartplotter will take your fishing to a new level. Read more: