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bikingart posted 01-04-2009 09:59 PM ET (US)   Profile for bikingart   Send Email to bikingart  
I will be having a new E-TEC 90 installed on my classic Montauk this winter and need to select a gauge package. I am a keep it simple and somewhat retro person who will be rigging this boat pretty much as an original example. The new I Command digital gauges are all the rage, but seem like an overkill for a simple boat like this. I have no interest in seeing how many pieces of information can be displayed on one gauge. The earlier analog tach with engine system check is still available, seems adequate to me and it's simplicity and proven reliability appeal to me. My guess is that any digital system subscribed to today will quickly be outdated with newer versions introduced regularly and I would not be up to date very long anyway.

For you folks out there that have used both systems would I be making a mistake not to jump on this new technology bandwagon as the wave of the future ? I don't care about resale, and am not sure how the costs compare with current incentives. Either way I'm planning on enjoying this repower.
Thanks for any words of wisdom.


jimh posted 01-04-2009 11:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
You will probably prefer the I-Command Classic gauges.

I think recently Bombardier added a retro-styled gauge that may appeal to you.

jimh posted 01-04-2009 11:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The gauge styles might change, but I do not expect the NMEA-2000 vessel network standard will be revised to the point where any investment in instrumentation would become obsolete. It is nice that BRP moved the E-TEC 90 to the NMEA-2000 level of instruments.

You can also mix in a few traditional gauges, too, if you like.

bikingart posted 01-05-2009 09:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for bikingart  Send Email to bikingart     
It looks like going with the NMEA 2000 digital package makes the most sense and the classic style gauges appear most consistent with the classic look I am after. Thanks to members who have shared their thoughts on this matter.

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