Garmin Thermal and Low-Light Cameras
GCT 30, $13,996; GCT 20, $8,996; GCL 20, $3,500
Garmin’s new line of thermal and low-light marine cameras boast some extraordinary features. Controlling them from a Garmin GPSMAP multifunction display is simple. The navigator can choose a stationary or moving target (including AIS vessels) and the camera will use its pan and tilt to stay on it. The GCT 20 and 30 thermal cameras go a step further, even in total darkness. They can be locked onto a moving “hot spot” on screen—the heat signature, for example, of a person in the water. The military term for this is “slew to cue,” but your term should be “Man overboard, keep an eye on him!”
This article originally appeared in the July 2012 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.