Electronics

Electronics for the Coast Guard

Adapting a Common System to an Uncommon Mission. The Coast Guard needed a system-wide electronics upgrade. Raymarine proposed a system based on the operating system recreational boaters use now. See what it means for you here.

Simrad S5100 High-Performance CHIRP Sonar Module

The Simrad S5100 has three independent sonar channels that offer high-resolution sonar function throughout water column depths. With the S5100 boaters and anglers can link to either three single-channel transducers or an array including one dual-channel and one single-channel.

Vesper Marine WatchMate XB-8000 smartAIS

Vesper Marine has added new functionality to its black-box XB-8000 AIS transponder. The system adds a layer of safety through active alarms that monitor potential collision threats and alert the user. According to Vesper Marine, smartAIS uses navigation-sensor, GPS, and AIS data to prioritize alerts.

Raymarine Axiom Multifunction Displays

Raymarine introduced its latest helm units, the Axiom family of multifunction displays, featuring units with 7-, 9-, and 12.1-inch touchscreens. Each unit has an all-glass display, a quad-core processor, and Raymarine’s latest-generation LightHouse 3 operating system.

Furuno DRS12AX X-Class Radar

Furuno has increased the available power for its X-band recreational radar, and added to the available radar performance for users of the TZTouch and TZTouch2 displays. Anglers will flock to the bird mode feature, in which birds are readily marked without tuning the unit, and then tracked simply with an echo trails feature.

Improvements in Joystick Performance

Joystick performance may be up to your standard now. Joystick control has changed the game for many boaters and you could soon wish you were among them when you get a look at the features they bring. Is a joystick system the right next step for you? Find out here.

Garmin Quatix 5 Marine GPS Smartwatch

Garmin is pushing even farther into the world of wearable technology, and today the company introduced a marine smartwatch—the Garmin Quatix 5—that can put all the data you need right at your fingertips. Check out the new Garmin Quatix 5 here.

Serious Sound Systems For Your Boat

If, like most boaters, you take your fun seriously, there’s no reason to skimp on your sound system. Get your boat wired up the right way and see where she can take you when the music never stops. Learn about the latest systems here.

The New Offshore Helm

How do you think about refitting your electronics when you’re an intrepid offshore cruiser? We asked Tony Fleming of Fleming Yachts just that. Learn from his experience here

New Ways to Think About Monitoring on Your Boat

Vessel monitoring is a powerful tool to give you insight into the aspects of your boat on which you want to keep an eye. Connect your boat to the Internet the right way, and the right people can be looped in. Learn more about how these powerful systems can work for you here.

iNavX Marine Navigation Mobile App v4.7.4

The makers of the iNavX marine navigation mobile app have improved its function and practicality to make the data that boaters need more accessible. The app, introduced in 2008, brought a variety of cartography sources to Apple iOS iPhones and iPads.

Yacht Protector

Yacht Protector focuses on four main concerns that boaters have—bilge levels, battery levels and shore power status, intruder alerts, and boat location and movement—and transmits the data from an easy-to-install sensor system to a mobile device or Web site.

Prospec INFPRV315 Stereo Receiver

Why shouldn’t your boat stereo match the level of sophistication in the rest of your marine and personal electronics? That’s where the INFPRV315 Stereo Receiver from Prospec Electronics comes in.

ICOM M93D Handheld VHF

The ICOM M93D handheld VHF rolls a bunch of features into a handy package that’s ready to go to sea. For VHF function, the M93D has 5 watts of output power, along with a built-in DSC receiver, active noise canceling, and a BTL 900-mW speaker.

Raymarine i70s Instrument

The i70s Instrument from Raymarine is a 4.1-inch LCD display with LED backlighting for improved visibility in bright conditions. The unit’s low-profile design complements the company’s eS and gS multifunction displays.

Vesper Marine’s Virtual Buoy System

Vesper Marine explores innovative ways to use AIS and employ the powerful warning and messaging capabilities embedded in the system. The company just launched a project to mark a no-anchor zone over some seabed power cables and we saw it in action.

Simrad GO5XSE Multifunction Display

The Simrad GO5XSE is a small but powerful chartplotter and fishfinder that supports proprietary CHIRP sounder systems, such as ForwardScan forward-looking sonar and StructureScan HD photo-like imaging, in a compact 5-inch-display package.

McMurdo SmartFind M5 AIS Class A Transponder

The McMurdo SmartFind M5 AIS Class A is a transponder that provides name and navigation data from other vessels and can be integrated with a variety of chartplotters and networked systems, including a PC system using the PC AIS viewer included with the unit.

Any Helm Can Have Big-Boat Electronics

Marine electronics companies have taken a cue from top consumer-electronics makers and are making the software do the heavy lifting when it comes to upgraded features. This means that your boat can have much the same capability as any superyacht.

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