When you look back just 15 years, a chart plotter, 50 kHz sounder, radar and sometimes an autopilot were all the system was called upon to manage. That’s all changed.
Now captains and owners want chart plotters, wide-, side- and bottom-scanning sonar, 3D-image processors and chirp technologies, dual radars, XM weather overlay — oh, and don’t forget the forward-looking infrared imaging cameras to keep the boat safe in the dark. Clearly the multitasking, multifunction display is doing far more than it was 10, or even five years ago. But wait, there’s more!