July 2013 Issue
A Look at B&Gs New Zeus Touch
Compact chartplotter features some very cool software.
Sailing and tactical software has long been B&G’s strong suit. The Zeus Touch is the first time the Navico company’s high-end racing software has been tweaked for mainstream use and bundled along with normal chartplotter and GPS functions. At first blush, it appears to be a dressed-up version of the Simrad NSS. The big difference between the two is the software. It uses the boat’s set sailing characteristics to calculate tacking or jibing points to most efficiently reach a given destination. Many of these functions are simple measurements that any skipper can predict or calculate using a paper chart and simple arithmetic, but the Zeus Touch delivers this information instantaneously and continuously, and removes the chance of human error.
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