Digital Download

Tech guru and PMY Deputy Editor Jason Wood sheds light on what’s new and cool in maritime electronics. From the pages of Yachts International and Power & Motoryacht

Garmin_news Garmin GPSMAP 84/8600 Multifunction Displays
Garmin’s latest addition to the GPSMAP lineup are the 8400 and 8600 series, which offer the highest screen resolution available in a dedicated marine display, according to the manufacturer. Available in 17-, 22-, and 24-inch sizes, the displays offer full multitouch control and full HD inplane switching capability to provide accurate colors that are visible from all viewing angles, important when the displays get this big. These units are more than just pretty, sleek, glass-display installations. They also ease helm integration through built-in Wi-Fi and four wired Ethernet ports, and can be networked to show NMEA 2000 and engine and genset data.

sitex news SI-TEX Vector Compact GPS Compass

The SI-TEX Vector compact GPS compass contains a pair of GPS receivers matched to a single clock for precise heading and boat position information. Designed to reject multipath GPS satellite signals, the internal receivers allow the compass to provide heading data superior to fluxgate and rate-sensor designs, according to SI-TEX, even providing accurate headings for a stationary vessel. Added data points include accurate speed over ground and GPS positioning, which help improve performance of networked sounders and autopilots.

C-map NewsletterC-MAP High Resolution Bathymetry Fishing Charts

C-MAP’s new High Resolution Bathymetry fishing charts actually put contour-line data in a 3-D view compatible with Furuno NavNet 3D, TZtouch, and TZtouch2 multifunction displays, as well as Nobeltec Time- Zero Sportfishing software for PCs. While traditional bathymetric charts, like topographical maps, with their tight and widely spaced contour lines almost trick the eye into seeing a third dimension on a flat surface.These charts allow viewing in a 3-D format that takes the guesswork out of the equation. Through other C-MAP chart products the High Resolution Bathymetry works with Raymarine, Simrad, and Humminbird systems, and others.

smartphoneCaterpillar S60 Smartphone
Leave it to the folks at Caterpillar to help build one of the most rugged phones on the market today. Based around the unfortunately named Android Marshmallow, it sports a strengthened die-cast frame and Gorilla Glass, making it drop-proof from  feet while the screen is designed to work with wet fingers or gloves. It’s also waterproof to 16 feet for up to an hour, meaning you can take underwater photos with it. Most impressive, though, is that it features a FLIR thermal-imaging camera that allows you to diagnose overheating or underperforming systems in your engine room.

icon_news ICOM M93D Handheld VHF

The ICOM M93D handheld VHF rolls a bunch of features into a handy package that’s ready to go to sea. For VHF function, the M93D has 5 watts of output power, along with a built-in DSC receiver, active noise canceling, and a BTL 900-mW speaker. With a built-in compass and internal Global Navigation Satellite System that uses signals from various positioning systems including GPS and GLONASS, the VHF offers the ability to store up to 50 waypoints that can be named using a flatsheet alphanumeric keypad, and viewed on a 2.3-inch dot-matrix, high contrast display. A 1,500-mAh Lithium-ion battery provides better than nine hours of use, even with the integrated positioning system, according to ICOM America. The unit is made to get wet, with an IPX7 waterproof rating, and is built on a floating chassis. If dropped overboard, the VHF activates a flashing light to simplify recovery. Meanwhile, a function called AquaQuake uses low-frequency sound to clear water from the speaker grill for improved audio after the dip. A dedicated Class D DSC receiver for channel 70 is built-in with an SOS button built into the rear panel makes automated distress calls quicker and more foolproof. Though not yet approved by the FCC for sale in the U.S. at this writing, the ICOM M93D puts a lot of communication power in the user’s hands.

raymarine170_newsRaymarine i70s Instrument

The i70s Instrument from Raymarine is a 4.1-inch LCD display with LED backlighting for improved visibility in bright conditions. The unit’s low-profile design complements the company’s eS and gS multifunction displays. The easy-to-program unit can give analog or digital depictions of key navigation data, including speed, depth, wind, and more, and uses Raymarine’s proprietary Lighthouse instrument software to make it more intuitive. The unit has the LCD optically bonded to the front window for a wide viewing angle. Simple integration allows it to tap into an existing Raymarine network, using NMEA 2000 and proprietary SeaTalkng protocols. Expanding your helm by adding another quick-access source for data from the network sounds like a win.

prospecProspec INFPRV315 Stereo Receiver

Why shouldn’t your boat stereo match the level of sophistication in the rest of your marine and personal electronics? That’s where the INFPRV315 Stereo Receiver from Prospec Electronics comes in. So what if it’s named like the registrar’s code for an advanced college marketing class? This stereo is ready to rock, with 50 watts of peak power over four channels. A 3.5-inch, color TFT display makes it easy to see what you’re doing as you program tunes from a variety of available devices using the large buttons. Featuring AM and FM reception, it uses both U.S. and European tuning and also offers NOAA Weather band. Displaying the song title as it plays, using RDS as well as MP3 ID tagging, helps everyone on board get into the music selection—good or bad though it may be. The unit comes with three pairs of pre-outs, including a separate subwoofer output to help you create the listening environment you always wanted. Easy to see, simple to operate, and good-looking on the helm. What else could your internal DJ ask for to entertain a captive audience?