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Triton2 vs Vulcan5

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Unless I am missing something, and I do quite often, why would I use a vulcan 5 to display instrument values instaed of a Triton 2

vulcan is cheaper and has more potential uses, I think

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whoops, meant to stay why WOULDN'T I use Vulcan 5 instead of Triton 2

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Power consumption is probably 10x higher and it likely can't run off of backbone power.  

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I have a Vulcan 5 connected to a system with 2 Triton 1 displays. It does need it's own power feed, but it will show everything that the Tritons will and should work fine as a single display. I have ours set up to show information that I can't or is difficult to push to the tritons. 

If you are starting from scratch though, it might be more cost effective or close enough to it, to by a Triton sail pack and a Vulcan 5 than it would be to buy the transducers and wiring kit separately.  

That said, if I were to buy it all again, I would have gotten the Vulcan 7 over the 5. The 5 is nice and works fine, but I'd prefer the larger screen size now that I've used it for a season.

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At the NPT Boat Show in Sept. I was told by a B&G rep the Vulcan series is end of lifed and there would be no additional software updates whereas the Zeus 2 & 3 models will still be updated. 

 

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1 hour ago, DrewR said:

At the NPT Boat Show in Sept. I was told by a B&G rep the Vulcan series is end of lifed and there would be no additional software updates whereas the Zeus 2 & 3 models will still be updated. 

 

We'll, that's shitty. Odd that they recently released a 12" version of it though. 

Edit: Just went to the B&G website and went to the Vulcan page. They list 7, 9, and 12" versions as part of their lineup but not the 5. They also list a bit further down that the 5 is only available for a limited time, which per my earlier comment, kind of makes sense. Still shitty in that I own one. 

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The rep I talked to was not a salesman but a embedded developer and we had a good geek talk since that's what I do in another industry.

He said the Vulcan is a different hardware platform from the Zeus 2 & 3 and he knew of no plans for any enhancements.  Both the Zeus products are built on a similar platform so are likely to be enhanced for a while.  He said they planned on a 2 year cycle, but with Raymarine offering seemingly lifetime updates for their eX line that is still not certain.

But basically he talked me out of the Vulcan from any consideration at any price.

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I use V7 as a data display next to the wheel. V5 might be a bit small for the task, depends on your setup of course.

And yes it powers off the backbone no problem.

About the Vulcan series end of life. I heard the exactly opposite that they would bring more Zeus funcionality in the near future? Who knows...

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From a marketing standpoint, B&G will likely have standalone (Vulcan) and fully networked (Zeus) series of plotters continuing into the future. 

The Zeus is on third generation, and the previous generations ("2" & "touch") are falling off the software update cycles over time. 

Vulcan may come up as a "Vulcan 2" with different hardware and thus software at some point that obsoletes the older "vulcan" as well. 

Look at the Lowrance/Simrad lines for their equivalents to get a preview of where the hardware is going. 

 

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I find the small Vulcans very nice in terms of footprint and sleek appearance with no buttons, it's a shame they are not networked with other B&G chartplotters. I think it's a misconception to pitch them only as the cheaper version of Zeus charplotters: in the cockpit of a performance boat, a combination of H5000 displays with a fully networked Vulcan 7 would be a very nice set up.

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