Ma­rine Elec­tron­ics for 2019

NEW TOOLS FOR THE COM­ING SEA­SON

Saltwater Sportsman - - Front Page - By JIM HENDRICKS, Il­lus­tra­tions by MIKE SUDAL

Who ever imag­ined a time when sonar could stream live images of fish? Who dreamed you might use your chart plotter to launch minia­ture un­manned air­craft to film fish­ing ac­tion? And who could fore­tell the use of aug­mented re­al­ity for safer nav­i­ga­tion to and from the fish­ing grounds? ¶ Whether you en­vi­sioned these break­throughs or not, they are al­ready here. For ex­am­ple, Garmin’s Panop­tix Livescope live sonar tech­nol­ogy 1, in­tro­duced last year, streams real-time sonar images of fish. And the UAV (un­manned ae­rial ve­hi­cle) flight func­tion on Ray­ma­rine’s Ax­iom se­ries mul­ti­func­tion dis­plays 2, also in­tro­duced last year, au­to­mat­i­cally de­ploys, con­trols and re­trieves video drones. (If you missed these re­views, find them on salt­wa­ter­sports­man.com.)

3. Go Live

Lowrance HDS Live with Livesight lets you look lat­er­ally, with the op­tional Livesight trans­ducer in a bow-fac­ing po­si­tion, or below the boat. Livesight images ap­pear in real time, so you see fish and bait mov­ing within the sonar beam. When us­ing Livesight for­ward with the Lowrance Point-1 GPS an­tenna, an on-screen in­di­ca­tor shows the trans­ducer’s di­rec­tion to line up on a way­point or to pin­point the struc­ture you in­tend to fish. Avail­able in 7-, 9-, 12- and 16-inch models, rang­ing from $949 to $4,499; Livesight trans­ducer is $999; lowrance.com.

4. Be­yond Real

Flir/ray­ma­rine Clearcruise AR, the first aug­mented-re­al­ity sys­tem for boaters, in­te­grates with Ray­ma­rine’s CAM210 HD ma­rine video cam­era to de­tect ob­jects on the wa­ter. With the Ray­ma­rine AR200 video-sta­bi­liza­tion mod­ule, it over­lays sym­bols for those ob­jects on a Ray­ma­rine Ax­iom MFD’S chart plotter and uses elec­tronic chart in­for­ma­tion to iden­tify ob­jects on the video dis­play. Pop-up text boxes de­scribe the ob­jects that cor­re­spond to chart con­tent, AIS data and way­points. CAM210 HD, $699.99; AR200, $499.99; ray­ma­rine.com

5. Fast Radar

Sim­rad’s Halo24 radar now of­fers solid-state pulse-com­pres­sion tech­nol­ogy in a light­weight, low-pro­file dome. The 24-inch dome pro­cesses mul­ti­ple ranges and boasts a range of up to 48 nau­ti­cal miles. The new Halo24 fea­tures Ve­loc­i­ty­track Dop­pler tech­nol­ogy that color-codes ap­proach­ing ves­sels for greater threat iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, has a fast re­fresh rate crit­i­cal in lim­ited-vis­i­bil­ity sit­u­a­tions, in­te­grates with all cur­rent MFDS, and will be avail­able in Sim­rad’s two sis­ter brands, Lowrance and B&G. $2,699; sim­rad-yacht­ing.com

6. Ex­panded Func­tion­al­ity

Garmin ex­pands its GPSMAP 8600/8600xsv chart­plot­ter se­ries to now in­clude 10-, 12- and 16-inch mul­ti­touch dis­plays with in-plane switch­ing (IPS) for en­hanced view­ing, built-in Bluechart g3 coastal car­tog­ra­phy with Navion­ics data and Auto Guid­ance, sup­port for dual-chan­nel 1 kw tra­di­tional chirp, CHIRP Clearvu and CHIRP Sidevu scan­ning sonars, plus Ul­tra HD scan­ning sonar and Garmin Panop­tix sonar, in­clud­ing Panop­tix Livescope. This se­ries also fea­tures built-in Blue­tooth and Wi-fi con­nec­tiv­ity.

$2,499.99 to $5,999.99; garmin.com

7. Sit­u­a­tional Aware­ness

Ocean Sig­nal’s ATB 1, a Class B AIS transpon­der in­cor­po­rat­ing SOTDMA (self-or­ga­nized time-divi­sion mul­ti­ple ac­cess) tech­nol­ogy, boosts vis­i­bil­ity and nav­i­ga­tional safety, and en­sures in­creased pri­or­ity for po­si­tion re­ports with no loss or de­lay of trans­mis­sion. With 99 ac­qui­si­tion chan­nels and 33 track­ing chan­nels, the pow­er­ful in­ter­nal multi-gps re­ceiver con­tin­u­ously up­dates ves­sel po­si­tion, speed, course and head­ing. The 5-watt out­put in­creases trans­mis­sion range. Avail­abil­ity of the ATB 1 is pend­ing au­tho­riza­tion, per FCC.

8. Keep Tabs

Siren Ma­rine’s MTC II, the com­pany’s lat­est boat mon­i­tor­ing, track­ing and con­trol sys­tem, fea­tures en­hanced func­tions and built-in NMEA 2000 in­te­gra­tion to keep tabs on lo­cal weather and wind data, crit­i­cal en­gine data, tank lev­els and more. Like its pre­de­ces­sor, the MTC, the MTC II works with a wide net­work of wire­less and wired sen­sors to pro­vide ge­ofence se­cu­rity, po­si­tion track­ing, and alerts for bat­tery level, shore-power sta­tus, bilge-pump ac­tiv­ity and var­i­ous other key con­di­tions. Start­ing at $599, plus ser­vice plan; siren­ma­rine.com

9. Four in One

Fu­runo’s FM4800 mul­ti­tool is a wa­ter­proof, all-in­one VHF with AIS and built-in Class D DSC GPS re­ceivers, and a sim­pli­fied loud­hailer with in­ter­com. The AIS func­tion over­lays AIS tar­gets with an in­te­grated chart plotter via NMEA 0183 or NMEA 2000 pro­to­cols. DSC calls can be placed di­rectly from a net­worked Fu­runo Tz­touch2 dis­play by tap­ping and se­lect­ing an AIS/DSC tar­get. When the MOB (man over­board) func­tion on a Tz­touch2 MFD is ac­ti­vated, you need only push the ro­tary knob on the FM4800 to ini­ti­ate a dis­tress call. $595; fu­runousa.com

10. Full-ser­vice VHF

Stan­dard Hori­zon’s ul­tra-com­pact HX40 hand­held VHF ra­dio fea­tures a wa­ter­proof case, 6 watts of trans­mit power, a speaker with 600 megawatts of vol­ume, pre­sets for 10 fa­vorite chan­nels, and scans mul­ti­ple chan­nels us­ing its easy-to-op­er­ate menu. Boast­ing a three-year war­ranty, the HX40 of­fers NOAA weather chan­nels with weather alerts and has an FM broad­cast ra­dio re­ceiver. A built-in, recharge­able lithium-poly­mer bat­tery pack of­fers long-last­ing power, and an op­tional float­ing case is avail­able. $119.99; stan­dard­hori­zon.com

11. Stay Con­nected

Glob­al­star’s Sat-fi2 Wi-fi hotspot of­fers seam­less con­nec­tiv­ity via the Glob­al­star satel­lite net­work, help­ing boaters stay in touch any­where in the world. The first prod­uct uti­liz­ing Glob­al­star’s next-gen­er­a­tion ground in­fra­struc­ture, the Sat-fi2 con­nects to eight Wi-fi-en­abled mo­bile de­vices to send and re­ceive email and text mes­sages, trans­mit voice calls, ac­cess the Web, and post to so­cial me­dia. An in­te­grated SOS but­ton en­sures ac­cess to emer­gency re­spon­ders. The Sat-fi2 app works on mul­ti­ple email plat­forms. $499, plus ser­vice plan; glob­al­star.com

12. TV at Sea

The Wine­gard Wavu W1 Ma­rine Am­pli­fied Om­ni­di­rec­tional HDTV an­tenna cap­tures and am­pli­fies UHF and FM sig­nals from any di­rec­tion at ranges of up to 35 miles , let­ting boaters free, high-def­i­ni­tion en­ter­tain­ment that can be shared by mul­ti­ple on­board TV screens. Crafted from high-im­pact, weath­er­proof and Uv-pro­tected ma­te­rial, the W1 weighs just over 2 pounds, and in­cludes a wall plate, 12-volt DC power sup­ply, sur­face-mount box, 5-foot power coax­ial ca­ble, and 30-foot RG-59 coax­ial ca­ble. $129; wine­gard.com

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