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.
Furuno has a scanning sonar designed for commercial fishermen that some hardcore anglers are adding to their helms. It’s not hard to see why. Have a look at the pricey unit here.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
When something goes wrong with the electronics on your boat, do you know what to do? Here are some tips to get you started, along with some expert advice on how to think about your system.
The StereoActive from Fusion is a purpose-built, portable watersports stereo that meets the needs of boaters head-on.
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 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.
CeeCoach Xtreme Edition is the watersports-friendly version of a hands-free communications system that was developed in Europe for coaches to train athletes, specifically equestrians, and operates with a range of up to 1,600 feet via Bluetooth 4.0.
Aigean Networks might just change the way you connect to the Internet from your boat.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Airmar recently introduced a line of ultra-wide-beam transducers for sportfishing applications using CHIRP technology.
Garmin released new versions of its proprietary BlueChart cartography earlier this year, and improved the accuracy of its underwater structural details, including 1-foot HD fishing contours.
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.