You may not have looked at Lowrance lately. That’s because you’ve never seen anything like this before: The HDS-9 Gen2 Touch. It’s got a lot of functions you may decide you can’t live without. And you don’t have to, anymore. Check it out here.
Time is on your side with C-MAP’s 4D charts, which include high-resolution bathymetry and additional wreck and marina data to help you plan voyages and fishing trips. Updated cartography prevents headaches and saves you fuel, and, yes, time.
Your helm may create its own Wi-Fi network and share data with you wirelessly.
Pay attention now, it’s really starting to get good.
A two-way satellite communicator with GPS, the InReach belongs to an exciting and relatively new category; it’s a Satellite Early Notification Device (SEND). Power & Motoryacht test the Delorme InReach.
Boaters and outdoorsmen may be familiar with the original mass-market SEND, an emergency beacon and tracker called SPOT, which uses the Globalstar satellite network. InReach takes the technology to a far more useful level. Like SPOT, InReach has a tracking feature that allows selected friends and family to follow a boat’s progress via the Web, as well as through Facebook and Twitter for the social networkers among us. It has an SOS function that relays a distress call to local rescue authorities, and it can send a variety of canned messages. Like SPOT, InReach contracts with GEOS, a private dispatch center that handles SOS signals and notifies the appropriate rescue authorities.
Furuno rocked the 2012 Miami Boat Show with the release of its NavNet TZtouch multifunction diplay, the first ever to boast dual-touch screens with functionality like an iPad. Furuno engineered TZtouch to run on a powerful, advanced processor, virtually eliminating redraw time and supporting a host of actions accomplished using one- or two-finger motions.
Defending the bandwidth for GPS.We’ve all had voyages that weren’t quite what we signed up for when we first got into boating—trips in which the wind and sea on the nose have made passagemaking quite a bit slower—and less fun—than it’s meant to be, and when rain has reduced the passing scenery to intermittent glimpses of a gray smudge. But suppose, just when the first sight of harbor lights promises the reward of shore power, showers, and a decent meal—your plotter loses its fix. Wouldn’t that just put the cherry on it? That could become absolutely standard if one particular company has its way.
Seeing Far & Near
Simrad adds the radar technology it developed for recreational boats to a system for ships and megayachts.
Know how the components of your helm—and the rest of the boat—communicate.
Think about each component of your boat’s electronics to create a powerful system that’s greater than the sum of its parts.
Si-Tex has introduced a new, ultra-compact GPS compass that it says is the smallest on the market...
Simrad engineers have increased the peak transmitter power of the Broadband 3G from 100 milliwatts to 165 milliwatts...
If a gyro starts spinning with its axle pointing toward a star that is rising over the eastern horizon, it will try to tilt upwards as the star rises...
Swinging-card compasses have developed quite a bit over the past 500 years but they do not “always point truly”...
Navionics App for iPad & iPhone
Try this darn thing—you might really like it!
A week ago I was driving along the waterfront of a big American city with a yacht-broker friend of mine using an iPad with digital Navionics cartography that was conveniently secured to his SUV’s dash to show us how to get where we were going. Wow! Idling
You Gotta Be Kiddin’
Can your chart (or Google Earth) give you one position and your GPS another?
Some while ago I received a letter from William P. Carter, an observant Virginian with a serious interest in all things nautical. He had a question that conveniently points out a foible of modern, GPS-reliant navigation, one that seems just a tad ridiculous, at
As GPS becomes more widely used, the potential for bad guys to create havoc expands.
Standard Horizon CPN MFDs
CPN1010i AND 700i PLOTTERS
Blurring the tenuous line between navigation instruments and computers even further, Standard Horizon’s CPN1010i and 700i plotters move away from the company’s usual conservative styling and textured casings: They have rounded corners and edges and are finished in high-gloss “piano black.” They still have the
Top of the Charts
There are numerous ways to keep your chart data up to date.
No one who has gone back to their hometown after a few years away can fail to notice how much things have changed. Maybe
Why shout when you can whisper?
How Navico’s new breed of whispering sonar promises clearer pictures at greater depths.
Three years ago, Navico introduced something that it described as a “Broadband Sounder.” Depending on which of the Navico brands you preferred, it came in either a gray (Lowrance) or black (Simrad) box that was wired in between the sonar transducer
What’s a Navico?
Deconstructing and defining an emerging marine electronics giant.
When I was first introduced to Simrad’s new NSE displays last fall, I just had to ask a company rep what the letters NSE stand for. You could have knocked me over with a feather when I was told that it means “Northstar Edition.”
Like many of you, the fate of Northstar has been a
The strange and tortuous search for a way to improve GPS reliability.
Last December CrossRate Technology introduced its first (and so far only) product: a combined GPS and Loran receiver called the eLGPS1110. Two months later, Loran was switched off. CrossRate’s timing could have been better, but their concept was brilliant.
GPS provides an
There are new models at the top of the Garmin series, as well, in the form of two new ranges of large-format multifunction displays known as the GPSMAP 6000 and GPSMAP 7000 series. Like the 4000 and 5000 series, they offer a choice between touchscreen control (in the 7000 series at right) and more conventional soft-key and cursor operation in the 6000s.
A recent addition to Garmin’s range is a series of touchscreen plotters whose size and price slot them neatly into the significant gap between five-inch GPSMap 600 series, whose prices start at about $1,000, and the 8.4-inch GPSMap 5008, which has a list price of $2,899.
At $1,499.99, the GPSMAP 740 (right) is pre-loaded with navigation-quality charts for
Sea-Me, the popular RTE (Radar Target Enhancer) or “active radar reflector” has been dramatically improved. The new Sea-Me Dual Band does exactly what its name suggests: it responds to both of the frequencies that are used by ships’ radars.
Until now, commercially available RTEs responded only to X-band radar transmissions. This meant
DeLorme launched its first handheld unit less than two years ago, but has already followed up with two more.The most recent is the midrange Earthmate PN-30.
Like last year's range-topping PN40, the new model has a 32-channel GPS chipset for quick and reliable lock-on,and a dual-core processor to minimize the time it takes to redraw charts or aerial
It’s always nice to buy presents for the one you love—even if it is difficult, sometimes, to persuade your wife that the boat needs a new plotter more than she needs that designer purse.
But maybe you figure that now isn’t the best time to be spending big money on electronics upgrades. Well, the good news is that you can often significantly improve your