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Mast Displays for Zeus Touch/Triton2 System


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The 30-footer I just acquired has Zeus Touch 8 and Triton2 displays on the aft cabin bulkhead. I'm new to the wide world of B&G. What single-number displays, similar to a 20/20 are suitable for mast mounting and compatible with existing system?  

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You could look into the Raymarine RaceMaster and MicroTalk?  The MicroTalk with a STNG - NEMA2000 cable can be plugged into your Chart Plotter.  The MicroTalk will wirelessly feed the RaceMater on the mast. 

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Depends what are you trying to do, what information you want on the mast, budget and how much you care about custom fields (eg polar data). 

Below are a bunch of mast-compatible options. 
 

General NMEA 2000 repeaters:

- Garmin GNX 120 is a popular 7” repeater nowadays. Displays 1 large and 2 small data fields. Will not usually display proprietary non-Garmin fields (eg B&G H5000 polar-related fields) unless you go through a laptop running Expedition or similar to convert the proprietary fields to custom N2K fields.

- B&G 20/20 HV displays 1 large field.

- Sailmon Element (Ink/7/10 versions) is like multiple repeaters in one, but priced accordingly ($$$). 

- Some people even mount multiple standard B&G Triton 2 (or other brand) 4” multifunction displays, which is more budget-friendly and works for standard N2K datafields (but usually not custom N2K fields). 

-  I’m not including NKE multidisplay because I don’t think it is N2K compatible (could be wrong). It’s a more flexible 7” display broadly comparable to the Sailmon Element.

 

Heading-focused standalone displays:

- Raymarine Racemaster. Integrated compass can be used standalone, helps identify windshifts. Can also display some external data fields (BSP, Wind) via the Microtalk wireless interface, but much more limited than a general N2K repeater. Wireless capability does make it easy to install. 
 

Heading+GPS focused standalone displays:

- Velocitek ProStart. Standalone unit with integrated compass + GPS, good to monitor heading + GPS SOG/COG, also good as a start timer. Will not interface with your other electronics however. 

- NovaSail NS360 (or the more basic NS-Start). Generally comparable to Velocitek ProStart, less well-known (French-designed), but probably a few more bells & whistles. 

- Sailmon Max. Don’t know too much, but looks generally comparable to the above, probably higher-end.  Interfaces with Sailmon app. 

 

Multifunction standalone displays:

- Vakaros Atlas 2: kind of like a standalone version of a Sailmon Element display, with integrated GPS/heading… TBD when it ships. See the other thread in Gear Anarchy. 


Did I miss anything?  I have direct experience with only a portion of these systems, YMMV.

Tell us what problem you’re trying to solve, and we can probably narrow down the field. 

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As galacticair mentioned, on a 30 footer you should be able get to away with more Tritons on a mast mount set up with single line or dual line data. They are clear enough to see from that distance. 

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5 minutes ago, Slick470 said:

As galacticair mentioned, on a 30 footer you should be able get to away with more Tritons on a mast mount set up with single line or dual line data. They are clear enough to see from that distance. 

Quoting myself... Here is a picture that I had saved off of a 30 something sportything with Triton's on the mast as an example.

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That's the cape 31. I wrote to them to find out about that mast mount but never heard back.

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Thanks for the input guys.

Looks like Triton2 displays are economical and the simplest solution. Just seems like a lot of wasted real estate (number size vs. unit dimension). Those Garmin GNX 120 displays look sweet, but add $200+ per and some complexity. Probably overkill.

I've never heard of the Nasa Instruments Yacht Repeters. They appear inexpensive and a possible solution. Anyone have experience with them?

I'm just looking to display BS, TWS, TWD, HDG.

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For 4 numbers another option would be one B&G H5000 graphic display in 2x2 grid mode, as shown on the mast here: https://www.bandg.com/en-gb/blog/calibrating-an-h5000-instrument-system/

But that’s about the same price as 2x Triton and probably less readable/flexible overall. The H5000 graphic display only has a 5” screen so a lot less screen real estate than 2x 4.1” Triton 2s, though the rectangular screen is a little more space efficient. 

No idea on NASA, never seemed very popular or modern (still NMEA 0183). 

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