B&G ELECTRONICS ONE YEAR LATER | IS IT WORTH IT? | Our honest thoughts

B&G ELECTRONICS ONE YEAR LATER | IS IT WORTH IT? | Our honest thoughts

We installed our B&G Electronics package one year ago, including our Vulcan chart plotter and radar. We’ve now sailed 1600NM on our 28ft sailboat to test it out! In this video, we give you our honest thoughts with the pros and the cons of the B&G Equipment, and would we buy it again?

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50 Comments

  1. Groove Train on July 26, 2022 at 12:39 am

    Really???? Isn’t learning to use any sophisticated device mandatory???!!!
    Also for us to appreciate the cons we need to understand your limitations and compression of technology!

  2. Justin Cole on July 26, 2022 at 12:40 am

    Helpful video. Any pointers for resources / step by step guides to help someone new to the system get off to a good start ?

  3. SR83 on July 26, 2022 at 12:40 am

    Very well done!! Haven’t seen a video showing how to use the equipment – really straight forward and easy. Thanks!

  4. Me Meme on July 26, 2022 at 12:41 am

    Good information. Thank you

  5. Barnacle Bill on July 26, 2022 at 12:41 am

    Good heavens, so much tech on such a small boat. Mind you I’ve seen another vlog where another young couple are attempting to sail round the world on a Seal 28 and the only nav aid they seem to have is a mobile phone. I wish them the best of luck. When I spent 5 years with my wife on a small boat in the late 80s we were uncontactable, and the isolation was a beautiful thing. Different world now, better? I don’t know.

  6. Richard Szkodzinski on July 26, 2022 at 12:41 am

    You mentioned you have the Wireless WS320 Wind System. I always wondered how many batteries it took and how long they last. You have the connector pod but what about the actual wind vane? What is syouur experience with the batteries? How many are there and how often do you change or charge them?

  7. Hannah Hemmings on July 26, 2022 at 12:45 am

    Hi guys just watched the video, we are from the UK, where abouts are you guys from in the uk if you don’t mind me askin. By the way thank you for the information you just shard with us.

  8. Navegando por la vida… on July 26, 2022 at 12:46 am

    Muy buenas!!!! Me gusto mucho vuestro canal…enhorabuena!!!!
    Estaría muy bien que tuviese los subtítulos en español…
    Un saludo desde Galicia!!

  9. Bram de Vries on July 26, 2022 at 12:46 am

    Nice vid, should help lots of people.
    On my Zeus3 9, I simply don’t show all my 110 routes (1000’s miles total), only the one I’m following, and I think that way the screen doesn’t lag the way you describe it.

  10. Chris Newsome on July 26, 2022 at 12:46 am

    Hi there,
    Thanks for all the great info and advice that you give on your channel. We find you very inspiring as we bought a Gibsea 77 at a similar time to you but you guys have travelled a lot further!! We are looking to install a solar panel so I can potentially work from the yacht. Just wondering if you have any advice on that front. We look forward to following your future adventures……. All the best. Chris & Jill.

  11. John Braman on July 26, 2022 at 12:46 am

    there’s no memory card slot to save routes on?

  12. G R on July 26, 2022 at 12:47 am

    You have a gift for teaching! Keep up the great videos. I think your channel will continue to grow since it’s rich in info and light on drama and click-bait.

  13. Peter Cooke on July 26, 2022 at 12:47 am

    Can you just have the chart plotter without the triton 2 display?
    Charts/Wind/Depth/Speed all viewed on Vulcan?

  14. Markku Heikkinen on July 26, 2022 at 12:48 am

    Thanks for the information, just planning to update my iPad 2 and iSailor with new hardware and B&G is one option because is hard to find a weather protective cover for a new iPad or Android tablet like my old iPad2 has.

  15. Steve Morrow on July 26, 2022 at 12:52 am

    Really good honest feedback on your B&G experience. I also have B&G and some aspects are completely unintuitive! That said, once learned and setup – it’s great kit

  16. Larry Boles on July 26, 2022 at 12:53 am

    Very informative vid. Be happy, be safe

  17. Hugo Bouckaert on July 26, 2022 at 12:53 am

    I am just going to use Navionics on two Samsung tablets which have good GPS and are robust (one is for redundancy). There are some fancy features that your system has that Navionics does not have, but compared to your system Navionics is quite cheap (you pay for the maps but the app is free). Have you looked at Navionics and how it compares? I also have to say what I like about using a tablet is that you can take it with you wherever you like and use it for other things, but especially take it inside the boat for looking at your chart and plotting routes at a table where there is no glare. Like you I also have a separate system for AIS, but no radar.

  18. Robert de Vries on July 26, 2022 at 12:54 am

    Sorry. I just saw your subtitle remark. Was listening only…..:-)

  19. Sailing Vamoose on July 26, 2022 at 12:55 am

    Great vid……..honest. We love our B&G but Vulcan 7 is too small….do most navigation on ipad/Navionics

  20. sailho20 on July 26, 2022 at 12:55 am

    Good interesting piece.
    First sailing on holiday charter 1987 equipment was lead line stop watch for speed and hand heald compass with paper charts, so anything that’s better and more informative is a bonus.

  21. Glenn Reynolds on July 26, 2022 at 12:56 am

    Great review, you helped me a lot with all your views.

  22. mike f on July 26, 2022 at 12:58 am

    Thanks

  23. Norberto J. Blanco de Armas on July 26, 2022 at 12:59 am

    B&G es una mierda.

  24. Peter Cooke on July 26, 2022 at 1:02 am

    On touch screen functionality ,would you have preferred Zeus with manual toggles/buttons?

  25. Sailing OTR (Over The Rainbow) on July 26, 2022 at 1:04 am

    Routes storage. Can you export your routes via WiFi? For many years I have used a GPS puck and Open CPN on my laptop for navigation. With this system it is easy to store routes on the laptop and recall them for later use. They require less than 100kb memory each, so it is possible to store many of them.
    I am a fan of modern technology BUT the cost for all these gadgets make me wonder about the practicality of it all. And does it all get fried in the advent of a lightening strike? Of course if you have deep pockets, go for it. I do not.

  26. Simone Clarke on July 26, 2022 at 1:04 am

    This was very helpful and insightful, thank you🥰!!

  27. norbertjoos on July 26, 2022 at 1:05 am

    i’m about to install a similar setting, your feedback was VERY informative
    thank you very much

  28. Taylor Pur on July 26, 2022 at 1:07 am

    Thank you! Fantastic video very informative helped me make a decision for upgrading from my 20yr old KVH gear

  29. Yarpen Zigrin on July 26, 2022 at 1:07 am

    Incredibly overpriced displays. Definitely not worth the price.

  30. Robert de Vries on July 26, 2022 at 1:08 am

    B&G Zeus3 7” user since 2016. The reason you might not get a following track maybe the speed threshold set. (Less than eg 3knot.) set it to 2 or 1. In your tracks page. It replays why it starts after leaving Marina on motor. (Going 2-3 knots…) ad then sailing. @4-7 knots. (I hope)

  31. CAS DIVER on July 26, 2022 at 1:08 am

    Hello amazing people. I loved this video and made my mind really clean about navegations equipment. Thanks thanks thanks a loooot

    Big hugs from Mallorcaaaaa

  32. Lucas Cardoso on July 26, 2022 at 1:09 am

    Hi guys, I started watching all your videos and subscribed of course. Its the most honest channel on sailing it seems and exactly how I’m planning my roote to the sea. Currently just lake sailing at carsington. I would like to ask if you took any qualifications (skipper, crew member etc) and what’s your advice for a beginner trying to get to sea sailing. Maybe video idea. 😁Hope the best for you guys!

  33. NickVass1000 on July 26, 2022 at 1:11 am

    Great video and very informative. Does B&G stand for Broken Gauges?

  34. skaraborgcraft on July 26, 2022 at 1:11 am

    Big changes over the last 20 years! How about power consumption with the radar running? Radar and AIS are the only upgrades i would like over a bog standard gps. Do you still use paper charts? Helpfull review.

  35. The NorthCrown on July 26, 2022 at 1:15 am

    I don’t know if it’s too late, but B&G should sponsor you…thanks for the honest post

  36. Ed Koops on July 26, 2022 at 1:16 am

    Hi Brynn, Finally got my backordered B&G Halo 20+ radome so I can finish my system install. I noticed in this video that you have the Simrad Tiller pilot. Is it the model TP32? and if so, do you have it on the B&G NEMA 2000 backbone? I have a TP32 on my boat also and it has in the past been able to run a GPS set of waypoints via NEMA 183. Were you able to successfully integrate the TP32 into your B&G chartplotter/gps network?
    Excited for the two of you and your upcoming new sailing year!

  37. Matthew Lutter on July 26, 2022 at 1:17 am

    Hi there quick question.
    I have a vulcan 7 the wireless wind meter and b&G transponder. I just bought the simrad tillepilot that I believe can link into the nmea2000 is there a specialist connector needed?
    Also you have a Triton 2.
    What’s the benefit of having the Triton 2 as well as the Vulcan MFD?
    I’m thinking of getting one near the helm for depth and tacking. Thanks for any advice

  38. john Skyleir on July 26, 2022 at 1:18 am

    I was wondering any device in the market which is using B&G and then manage sails automatically with electrical winches , basically you do nothing Am I asking too much ? I maybe invent a device that will do it.

  39. BarracudaHawk on July 26, 2022 at 1:19 am

    Great video guys, well done. Reference the difficulty learning the system, I think that depending upon your background, you’d find any clever nav system difficult. If you can generally find your way around the B & G without the hand book, it’s a pretty good system. Anything new takes time of course. Keep up the great work.

  40. Thomas Okeefe on July 26, 2022 at 1:21 am

    I got turned on to you guys from the Andy H podcast. I just watched one of you first videos. And you mentioned gaming. Do you game on your boat? Because if I ever go sailing/living like you, I want my Xbox, for games but also YouTube, Netflix, smart TV stuff. Any thoughts. Maybe you can make a video?

  41. don traeger on July 26, 2022 at 1:21 am

    Great video with fantastic observations from a system that you’ve obviously grown to love. We have Zeus 2 on our sailboat and after only minimal sailing I agree with your comment that the more advanced features are not intuitive to discover and use. The how-to comments in your video were excellent and certainly help me the next time out on the water next week. If you post future B&G videos, consider explaining your experiences with the sail steer such as tacking, steer to apparent wind, etc. Thanks and looking forward to your next video.

  42. Clay Webb on July 26, 2022 at 1:23 am

    I have so much respect for people who sailed before all this techno sailing. Any idiot can do it now – and they do, it’s like camping on water with no skill sets needed whatsoever.

  43. trevor Byron on July 26, 2022 at 1:24 am

    One interesting item I see other sailors don’t have, is an underwater drone which one could get for the cost of an expensive air drone… it’s something I’d get in conjunction with my air drone. One could get a clear view of the underwater views, like sea bed if you need to anchor in the bay for a few days.. quite indispensable. Beside one’s aerial drone, I’d also mount cameras on deck and mast, like Erik aaderaa sailing does, so he can monitor everything above deck, whilst under. Great for heavy weather when it’s best to stay below deck..

  44. Ghost Man Deak on July 26, 2022 at 1:26 am

    I missed this one guy’s what a beautiful boat 🚢

  45. Alex Goes Sailing on July 26, 2022 at 1:26 am

    I have the same system and i agree with all the points you made especially the hot screen! Great review 😊

  46. Chile Sauce on July 26, 2022 at 1:29 am

    Some plotters have sd card ability for storage of routes etc. May help speed it up.

  47. Jim Duke on July 26, 2022 at 1:31 am

    Terrific job doing a pretty detailed review! 👍👍

    I have the Zeus2 and have a few similar “lag”, “screen” , “complex/compound menu” observations (not complaints!!). I’ve been on a boat with the Zeus3S and all of the first two are solved. I live with the menus as “features.” 😎 (think windows or macOS—they are simple until you dive one step too deep—then 🤔🤔🤬🤬😭).

    I think the mirror issues are partly processor issues in the Vulcan (and Zeus2). I didn’t see it at all on the Zeus3S on his iPad though when I tried the same on my Zeus2/iPad combo, it wasn’t as smooth or precise. (Could also have been the WiFi/nmea2k latency caused by the add on WiFi).

    In any case, as mentioned in other comments, the 9” screen will be upgraded with a 12” model and I hope I can repurpose the Zeus2 as a slave unit (as well as using the flat screen in the salon as a large display through the HDMI).

    I just found your site and will track it. I hope B&G will come out with an even better Zeus4 at the Miami boat show. Then the old inventory on the Zeus3S generation will be discounted. I hope that will create an opportunity for you to upgrade to bring your B&G package (with AWESOME sailsteer, etc) up to the speed/accuracy you expect from the hardware. The interface…well, if they made it iPhone simple, they would probably lose bits of the functionality/customizability for which everyone has slightly different “desirements.”

  48. andrea spinoglio on July 26, 2022 at 1:32 am

    I am Very, Very disappointed with B&G support and customer care, radar quality is rubbish, had to change it twice because it was full of rain water in 2.5 years, at my costs!
    I got all the system updated from the local B&G dealer, they didn’t care to do any test knowing I was going for a 15.000 nm journey……. The autopilot had to be reconfiguration and calibrated as soon I got out of harbour,
    Glass Helm display started to reboot itself continuously after as day and stopped working completely in the Indian Ocean,
    AIS stops working every few days and has to be rebooted, creating issues with Singapore and Australian authorities.
    Some time all the system loosed the setup and I find myself using the autopilot as a motoryacht instead of sailing.
    The B&G GPS outdoor catches less satellite than the Vulcan internal GPS that is install inside the boat.
    The answers form B&G were absolutely out of this World and useless. 18.000 USD of equipment badly spent.
    Fortunately I had prepare a Raspberry PI with OpenPlotter on it and had at least a valid 200 USD backup that never had an issue in 34 days!
    I was customer for 15 years, never again I will by anything that is somehow connected to NAVICO.

  49. Dirk Jacobsz on July 26, 2022 at 1:33 am

    Thanks for this – well done ..Hey guys .. what is the difference between a Vulcan set up and the Zeus 3.. chartplotter. Thanks in advance.. as I am in the market for one of these..

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