By Ben Ellison
Simrad’s whole line of seven-, ten-, and 15-inch displays are now multifunctional, able to be a plotter, radar, fishfinder, or all three simply depending on which sensors are attached (except that an internal card upgrade is needed for the sounder). The CX NavStation series also features brighter screens with extended viewing angles and more powerful processors for faster screen draws. On the CX44 (starts at $4,899) 10.4-inch screen below, you see Simrad’s unique radar overlay, which cleverly puts nav aids on top of the target image, as well as a new ability to show more chart ahead as a vessel increases speed. Not yet shown but fully supported is C-Map’s new MAX chart card format, which adds animated current arrows, land data, 32-level depth contours, aerial photos, and more to regular NT+ cartography (more on this in June). Simrad has also introduced a six-inch plotter and plotter/fishfinder.
Simrad USA ( (425) 778-8821. www.simradusa.com.
This article originally appeared in the April 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.