I have purchased an Analog-To-Digital converter. This will broadcast sensor data (engine sensors, tank levels, etc) over Wifi and via NMEA2000. The analog gauges could co-exist but accuracy suffers in this case so the idea of installing them in a discreet location as a backup – is no longer going to happen.
The idea is that the ‘glass dash’ is one (or more) tablets (hidden in the dash when not in use). These can connect to the converter over Wifi. Later – when I want to add sonar and/or radar – I can add the Furuno MFD. Also hidden when not used. The tablet(s) will then connect to the Furuno MFD instead of the converter so they can show more information. The Furuno MFD will get the data from the converter via NMEA 2000.
The upshot of all of this is; that the appearance of the dash will be greatly simplified, there will be less wires and there will be more/better functionality.
I will still have a physical; key, start button, stop button.
Part this process is switching out the gearbox oil pressure sensor from a tube delivery to an electric. The manual for the gearbox (Capitol Gear 2HE 10200) discourages this but I am going to give it a try.