KEP dual touch marine monitor, in the real world

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

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8 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    All of that to play Solitaire.

  2. Nope. Solitaire to test a high bright, waterproof monitor that can run high-end charting software right at the helm, or any other PC software.

  3. dave says:

    Navigating at the helm is not a good idea, the last thing you want is A helmsman sticking his nose 2 inches away from a Monitor trying to figure out how to work it and navigate and steer at the same time is good way to run into something.

  4. SG says:

    Dave, I haven’t found that to be the case — having radar, a chart plotter, and other info available to the helmsperson actually is safer for a sailboat.
    I agree that if one has a very small display, it’s harder to use; and, certainly one shouldn’t substitute maintaining a reasonable watch. Further, if you’re moving at 20+ knots its a different issue than at 7 knots. ;^)))

  5. Well said, SG. And let’s note two things about the specifics of the top picture. One, those two guys are testing equipment is an area just off Yankee Marina & Boatyard that’s very familiar to them. Two, this boat has a well equipped down-below nav station so that in trickier situations a dedicated navigator can share his or her work with the helms person visually. Which is pretty ideal.
    I too like to have a multifunction display right where I can see it while driving a boat. And I think that one reason you see sailboats set up otherwise is that it used to be that MFDs couldn’t survive the location or weren’t bright enough. All that’s changed, and, as shown, it’s even possible to have a PC monitor at a sailboat helm. There are also some sailors who like their MFD under a dodger because they often use an autopilot or have a second person monitoring radar.
    Above all, I think’s presumptuous to judge the safety of a navigation systen based on pictures. As in many aspects of seamanship it’s ultimately about judgement. There are many ways to navigate safely or unsafely, and the equipment setups can look the same!

  6. Gene says:

    I am curious what Radar do they use with the KEP?
    I am researching PC navigation after Simrad let out their SDK for the 4G Radar.

  7. I’m not positive but I think the boat is set up so that the RGB video output of the Furuno NavNet vx2 plotter/radar could go to the KEP cockpit monitor. They could have used Nobeltec radar instead but I think they used a Furuno radome on a pole.

  8. Gene says:

    Thank you, Ben!
    The new double touch displays from KEP look very good. And their resolution matches the output of the new expensive Simrad NSO evo2. I am still looking for a PC solution.

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