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Old 02-20-2015, 12:27 AM
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Default garmin 74xx series cZONE digital switching

it appears the new 74xx series will ship with czone BEP digital switching with a very cool looking "rocker switch" page. can anyone shed any light on this?

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We have been doing quite a few of these. There are numerous options available that allow for the elimination of the switch panel.

Some of them include:

Battery switches that are activated on key fob
Remote toggle switches that are also controlled via the MFD
High water alarms
Can show if a hatch is open
Dimmable switches
Voltage, amps, battery monitoring
The ability to set scenes - for example DOCK can tun on all your underwater lights, tune the stereo etc.

IPAD remote access

You can get as complex or as simple as you like. It does require some engineering and software programming.


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I can tell you from first hand experience that as neat and as cool as the feature and its functions may be that you will still want manual switches for the majority of your onboard equipment. Imagine your frustration the first time the unit wont power up and you cant do anything else with the boat. Yup been there done that and with way higher dollar gear. This is not anything to do with Garmin but a simple word to the wise.
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The C Zone to be ABYC compliant has manual overrides for all switching circuits. This eliminates the frustration of any unit that does not power up of malfunctions. The idea with C zone is to eliminate the number of connections and potential points of failure that you have for a normal switch panel. In addition you also have the option to use both on some or all circuits. For example if you would like a traditional bilge switch but also have it ties into the C Zone that is possible. Mount the switch anywhere you wish (we have done it inside the console) and then tie it to the device and C zone and you have it both on the MFD and the C zone. The system is pretty affordable and another option for those who like to use more of the features that some of the MFD manufacturers have embedded into the system.

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