Simrad Glass Bridge 425/712-1136 • www.simrad.com MSRP: $25,000 and up. Seen for: $25,000 to $100,000.
This is one of the biggest and most advanced electronics suites to hit the battlewagon/megayacht market yet. If you're outfitting a 70' Rybovich and couldn't care less about cost, this is the system to look at.
High Points: The Glass Bridge network can support up to a dozen 19" displays and can "stitch" them together to make photo-blended and chart-draped multi-monitor visuals on the dash. There's a 3D generator with variable mixing grades and chart overlays, plus crystal-clear resolution.
Low Points: Costs as much as a new 26' center console and requires a heavy-duty professional installation job. Huge amount of dash space is a prerequisite.
Verdict: Quite possibly the most advanced-and expensive-electronics package in existence today.
Another Choice: Northstar's N2 networked system, which can handle up to five monitors and costs up to about $60,000.
ELECTRONICS TIP / ELECTROLITE
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