2018’S NEW ELECTRONICS
Looking at the latest debuts from NMEA
Roundup of the Latest Tech
Every year the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) holds a conference where manufacturers, dealers, distributors, installers, and the media get together to see what is new. In addition to the displays there are seminars for installers and demonstration boats from major manufacturers like Garmin, FURUNO, Raymarine/FLIR, and Navico (Simrad and Lowrance). Because of the importance of electronics to cruisers we reviewed some interesting new products.
While the latest fishfinder might not seem a top priority on a cruising boat, advances in sonar technology have given these units capabilities that are important for passagemaking. Forward and side scanning features and graphic 3D imagery that paint detailed pictures of bottom topography are now offered by all the leading manufacturers. Multibeam transducers show amazing detail, allowing identification of submerged objects and showing bottom contours that help you find ideal anchoring spots and, of course, find fish. Most cruisers have at least one multifunction display (MFD) at the helm. Now, with a compatible system, accessing advanced sonar is just a matter of plugging in a black box module or connecting a sophisticated transducer.