Choosing the best option for electronics is hard because electronics are expensive. Not only is the hardware itself expensive, but also the installation. When we were researching to replace our Garmin chart plotters, the low end for a plotter was around $5,000 per unit, and we would need at least two of them. It doesn’t end there. In most cases, the radar unit and the sonar are manufacturer-specific. For us, a radar unit replacement would be around $6,000 and a sonar replacement another $3,000. TimeZero brings a bit of relief on this front. While TimeZero does not connect to our Garmin radar or sonar, TimeZero can access all the other devices on the boat’s network (NMEA2000).
We plan to only replace our autopilot for roughly $4,000, which TimeZero can connect to, instead of spending $20,000+ to replace our Garmin devices (for now).
Our TimeZero is connected to our boat’s network, and we use a $400 Dell touch screen connected to a laptop, which has not failed us yet.