Chartplotters, other software, and engines

Computer monitoring  of engines, and related systems such as the autopilot and rudder, is relatively new. The industry is exploring the value of including such information in chartplotter track records, to find such information as fuel consumption for a particular speed and track.  Other software, to remind captains of needed oil changes and other maintenance, does exist, but often requires manual data entry.

Newer engines have computer monitoring features built in. Individual captains will have their own opinion if this information should be combined with the chartplotter, displayed by a separate computer application, or kept separate from the chartplotter.