Marlin - - CONTENTS - By Randy Vance

16 new prod­ucts you need to give a se­ri­ous look

Dig­i­tal is in; ana­log is out. Ev­ery­thing on your next bat­tlewagon will most likely func­tion in bi­nary code. The ad­van­tages of your NMEA 2000 back­bone are only be­gin­ning to be dis­cov­ered, but you don’t have to wait to retro­fit your cur­rently cher­ished bat­tlewagon with the lat­est, most pow­er­ful elec­tron­ics for nav­i­ga­tion, fish find­ing, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, or au­dio and vis­ual en­ter­tain­ment. What fol­lows is just a starter list of the top new elec­tron­ics we’ve found this year.


The S5100 chirp sonar is three sonars in one, thanks to triple in­de­pen­dent pro­ces­sors and room for three trans­ducer in­puts. This al­lows your NSS evo2 or evo3 MFD to read three dif­fer­ent re­gions of the wa­ter col­umn with­out noise and with crys­tal-clear tar­get re­turns that will en­sure every op­por­tu­nity to hook up. Con­nect the S5100 to any Sim­rad pro­pri­etary trans­ducer, but you’ll def­i­nitely want to use one plug for the game-chang­ing Air­mar Ul­tra Wide 40-de­gree wide-beam chirp trans­ducer. sim­rad-yacht­


The DFF3D sonar mod­ule com­bines three func­tions in one black box: side-scan, cross-sec­tion and stan­dard sonar. The trans­ducer in­te­grates a mo­tion sen­sor that com­pen­sates for roll to pro­duce the clear­est im­age pos­si­ble in any mode. The black box pro­cesses side scan out to 120 de­grees in both di­rec­tions, down and stan­dard sonar, then al­lows you to dis­play one or all images, plus a 3D sea-bot­tom chart. You can ad­just the dis­play win­dows in any com­bi­na­tion, as well as break up side scan into left, right and cen­ter imag­ing. Fish can’t slip away un­no­ticed. fu­


Virb Ul­tra 30 is Garmin’s most so­phis­ti­cated Wi-Fien­abled, livestream­ing Blue­tooth-con­trol­lable cam­era yet, and it can be set up any­where on (or even un­der­wa­ter with the dive case) your bat­tlewagon to dis­play the en­gine room, cock­pit or bridge on the MFDs. Cre­ate and livestream video or edit pol­ished sto­ry­lines in 4K, 120 fps slow-mo­tion or time-lapse video. Con­trol and view the cam on your phone as well, and even down­load and edit on the fly with the Virb smart­phone app avail­able for An­droid and iOS. Au­dio clar­ity is as­ton­ish­ing even in the op­tional dive case.


The new Ax­iom MFD is a beauty. It’s cur­rently avail­able in 7-, 9- and 12-inch screens, but we fully ex­pect to see an ex­panded line of these beau­ti­ful, op­ti­cally bonded touch­screen dis­plays move into the 16- and maybe even 20-inch mod­els, and we’ll bet they will have the but­tons and knobs most off­shore cap­tains have come to ex­pect. The Ax­iom boasts the Light­house 3 in­ter­face, and the sys­tem elim­i­nates black boxes for chirp, Side­vi­sion, Down­vi­sion and Realvi­sion 3D, all of which are in­te­grated into each dis­play — that means re­dun­dancy. Ax­iom is also ca­pa­ble of han­dling radar, FLIR and Sir­ius Weather. You can also in­te­grate your propul­sion ECM and Fu­sion or Rock­ford Fos­gate au­dio sys­tem for touch con­trol and easy mon­i­tor­ing. The built-in Wi-Fi en­ables so­cial chart sys­tems and smart­phone-app con­trol.



This one-stop GX6500 VHF ra­dio com­bines the fea­tures of one of the clear­est 80 dB com­mer­cial receivers with the crispest trans­mit­ting VHF ra­dios, and it is shipped with a 66-chan­nel WAAS GPS an­tenna to en­able its in­te­grated Class B AIS transpon­der. Its NMEA 2000 back­bone con­nec­tiv­ity sup­ports and in­te­grates with an ex­ist­ing MFD, but the ra­dio has its own large 3.75-inch di­ag­o­nal screen. You can fur­ther ex­pand your sta­tions with ei­ther the SSM-71H RAM4W wire­less re­mote or hard-wire the SSM-70H RAM4 re­mote mi­cro­phone to take full ad­van­tage of the func­tions within the GX6500 sys­tem. stan­dard­hori­


These com­pact yet pow­er­ful high-res­o­lu­tion 12-LED (SL12) spreader lights can be in­stalled any­where you wish. The hand­some fix­ture is wa­ter­tight and ready for long years of ser­vice, and two or three fix­tures will flood your cock­pit with light. In­stall them in an ar­ray to cover lines, rig­gers and deck for easy night fish­ing, or for ready­ing the cock­pit dur­ing those pre-dawn hours. Flush-mount mod­els are also avail­able.


Watch­mate XB-8000 AIS is a black-box solution for nav­i­ga­tion safety that em­ploys Vesper’s Class B AIS transpon­der and dis­plays in­for­ma­tion on ei­ther Vesper’s in­te­grated dis­play or your N2K-en­abled MFD. Vesper’s Smart AIS tech­nol­ogy mon­i­tors traf­fic to make sure you stay safe: An alarm no­ti­fies the cap­tain with enough time to take cor­rec­tive ac­tion if the sys­tem de­tects a prob­lem through Vesper’s tar­get-track­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The same tech­nol­ogy is also used to mon­i­tor an­chor po­si­tion and per­sonal elec­tronic transpon­ders for crew that will no­tify the cap­tain of an over­board sit­u­a­tion. The sys­tem is Wi-Fi ca­pa­ble, so you can eas­ily re­ceive new firmware up­dates for added func­tion­al­ity as it’s de­vel­oped.



The SCR 24 Round Light is a sur­face-mounted bronze hous­ing that con­tains 24 LEDs with a 40,000-hour life ex­pectancy. They are water­proof to 20 feet and of­fer a wide op­er­at­ing range from 10 to 30 volts. With the SCM-ZC Zone Con­troller, you choose a sin­gle light color or opt for mul­ti­color styles with cus­tom color, hue and bright­ness.


You never ex­pect to need Garmin’s in­Reach Ex­plorer+ off­shore, and we hope you never do, but a per­sonal-lo­ca­tor bea­con is es­sen­tial for peace of mind and safety for off­shore fish­er­men. Garmin’s new de­vice not only gives im­me­di­ate SOS con­nec­tiv­ity to the proven Geos 24/7 res­cue mon­i­tor­ing cen­ter, but it also al­lows you to text loved ones ashore or for them to text you us­ing Irid­ium’s world­wide satel­lite-com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tem. It dou­bles as a hand­held nav­i­ga­tor too. Sync it with a smart­phone and the Earth­mate app for so­phis­ti­cated map­ping, satel­lite images, weather fore­casts and U.S. NOAA charts.


The M605 VHF with in­te­grated AIS can serve as the main com­mu­ni­ca­tion hub at your helm and net­work with a com­bi­na­tion of three HM195 Com­mandMics, two mics and a sec­ond M605 VHF, or two VHFs and a Com­mandMic. You get full com­mu­ni­ca­tions on both de­vices, but AIS-track­ing data is vis­i­ble only on the M605. The color screen boasts a red-screen op­tion for sav­ing night vi­sion. The full key­pad makes en­ter­ing a “phone book” of friendly-ves­sel Mar­itime Mo­bile Ser­vice Iden­tity num­bers a breeze. It’s also NMEA 2000 and NMEA 0183 ca­pa­ble. ico­mamer­


The NSS evo3 16-inch mul­ti­func­tion dis­play gives you a bril­liant nav­i­ga­tion land­scape thanks to its new So­larMAX dis­play, which is clear in the sun and view­able from a wide span. The in­te­grated Struc­tureS­can HD imag­ing, For­wardS­can and dual-chan­nel chirp sonar make it a fish-find­ing ma­chine that also ac­cepts Sir­ius Weather in­put, radar and Struc­tureS­can 3D imag­ing. It’s Wi-Fi en­abled to con­nect eas­ily with Nav­ico’s GoFree chart­ing sys­tem to cre­ate so­cial maps, or pri­vate charts with your up­dated sonar read­ings.



The M400XR for­ward-look­ing in­frared-vi­sion sys­tem is nearly mil­i­tary-skunk-works cut­ting edge, but it’s un­clas­si­fied. It gives you both an in­frared cam­era with a 4x op­ti­cal zoom and a full-color 30x zoom cam­era, and an LED spot­light for tar­get en­hance­ment. With the XR sys­tem, you get tar­get track­ing to keep track of ob­jects as they ap­proach you or you ap­proach them. The cam­era is gyro sta­bi­lized to ren­der the clear­est pos­si­ble images on your MFD in any sea con­di­tions.


The PM411LWM wide-beam trans­ducer is de­signed specif­i­cally for the needs of tour­na­ment cap­tains who need the clear­est, most de­tailed and noise-free view of the wa­ter be­neath their boat. It cov­ers a 440-foot width at a depth of 600 feet and does it with un­equaled tar­get sep­a­ra­tion. Its low 80 to 130 kHz fre­quency is pow­er­ful, and the trans­ducer foot­print is de­signed to retro­fit ves­sels al­ready equipped with Air­mar’s most pop­u­lar nonchirp trans­duc­ers, so it saves money and speeds up the in­stal­la­tion process.



The Panop­tix PS51-TH for­ward-look­ing sonar em­ploys a through-hull-mounted trans­ducer with a phased ar­ray that trans­mits mul­ti­ple sig­nals to mea­sure and map the sea bot­tom ahead of the ves­sel in real time, al­low­ing you to avoid mishaps in un­fa­mil­iar waters. It dis­plays the bot­tom up to 300 feet ahead of the boat and de­liv­ers nearly in­stant feed­back to give you more time to re­act, and the Fron­tVü im­age data can be eas­ily shared with Garmin MFDs.

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