By Ben Ellison
Garmin, a developer and manufacturer of navigation equipment, has reportedly paid $5 million to acquire the California-based research and development company Sequoia Instruments. Garmin's media relations specialist Pete Brumbaugh says the immediate impact of Sequoia's GPS Air Data systems and Attitude Heading Systems will be seen in Garmin's integrated aircraft cockpit, but added that Garmin is exploring where the technology might be applied in the marine business. ...Navionics is expanding its horizons with a recently announced alliance with SevenCs. The union brings Navionics, which has been producing electronic charts for pleasureboaters for nearly two decades, into the commercial shipping electronic chart market. SevenCs will merge its technology and experience in manufacturing commercial charts with Navionics large database. Worldwide coverage with the new charts is expected sometime this year. --Capt. Patrick Sciacca
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.