Garmin Quatix 5 Marine GPS Smartwatch
Starting at $600; garmin.com
Garmin introduced the next-generation Quatix marine GPS smartwatch this spring, advancing the company’s offering of wearable technology that offers remote access to compatible Garmin helm units. The watch executes useful functions such as waypoint marking on the multifunction display, and streaming of fluid NMEA 2000 data including speed, depth, and wind. When matched to a Garmin GHC 20 autopilot, the Quatix 5 allows the user to change heading, engage heading hold, and steer to an active GPS route. The smartwatch also allows simple remote control of compatible Fusion stereo systems (Garmin acquired Fusion). Independent of marine functionality, the Quatix 5 is a smartwatchequipped with a GPS and GLONASS antenna that can track health data and daily activity. Pair it with a compatible smartphone and you’ll have access to calls, texts, and email, all in a rugged case with stainless steel components that’s submersible to 328 feet, and matched to a silicone (included), leather, or stainless QuickFit band. For watersports enthusiasts, the Quatix 5 offers tide information (acquired through a paired smartphone), an anchor alarm, and fishing features, including a catch log. Also available in an upgraded version, the Quatix 5 Sapphire ($850) is Wi-Fi-enabled, has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal lens, and comes with two bands. If a wearable device like this lets a user leave a smartphone in a secure location and get the most out of his boat, it may be time to strap one on.
This article originally appeared in the July 2017 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.