Category: Navigation

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FLIR introduces Raymarine Element S navigation displays

FLIR Systems announced today Raymarine Element S, a new series of navigation displays for cruisers and sailors. Building on the success of FLIR’s Raymarine Element HV Series with HyperVision sonar, the Element S models feature a superior all-weather display, best-in-class speed, and straightforward operation, while delivering confidence-inspiring GPS navigation to captains who don’t want or need the capability or extra expense of sophisticated sonar.​

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Dinghy as depth scout with Garmin QuickDraw Contours

My boating career started in the generally deep waters of the Great Lakes where the prevailing wisdom is: If you can’t see it, you can’t hit it.  But cruising the Great Loop taught me the perils of shallow water boating, especially because our props hang lower than any other part of the hull by two feet.  So I’ve gotten creative in an effort to make shallow water boating involve fewer clunks of running gear meeting bottom, and the most effective technique I’ve found so far is advanced scouting with our dinghy using the QuickDraw bottom survey feature of its Garmin Echomap 64cv.

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Raymarine Launches New Lighthouse NC2 North American Charts

Raymarine is excited to announce a new digital cartography product for Raymarine
Axiom and Element products. LightHouse NC2 North America offers high-quality vector charts for the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, western Caribbean, Baja Peninsula, U.S. and Canadian Great Lakes, and British Columbia. Covering over 80,000 miles of coastal waters and over 6,000 inland freshwater lakes and rivers, LightHouse NC2 North America offers advanced features for every class of boater and angler.  Fishing tips and waterway intel derived from expertly sourced Fishing Hot Spots® ensure you spend more time catching fish and less time looking for them.

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Glomex debuts world’s first GPS antenna with ZigBee

Glomex Marine Antennas debuts the world’s first GPS antenna using internationally accepted ZigBee® technology. Connected wirelessly to the ZigBoat system, the ZB211 delivers push notifications on fleet tracking, geo-fencing, weather forecasts and anchor watch. It has no fees, cloud service subscriptions, registrations or privacy policy agreements.

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Raymarine’s New LightHouse OS Update Revealed

Home to thousands of boaters and steeped in rich maritime tradition, the coastal city of Annapolis is situated at the intersection of the Severn River and the Chesapeake Bay. These storied waters have inspired generations of sailors, powerboaters and fishermen to take to the sea. For these reasons and more, Raymarine has chosen to make Annapolis the namesake of its latest LightHouse operating system update…

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New Simrad Cruise is the Most Intuitive and Easy-to-Use Chartplotter Available

Simrad Yachting – a leader in the design and manufacture of world-class marine navigation, autopilot, radar, communications and fishfinding systems – announced today Simrad Cruise, the most intuitive chartplotter on the market. Designed for simple and straightforward navigation, Cruise features a simple, easy-to-use interface, sunlight-viewable display, preloaded U.S. coastal charts, mounting bracket and sonar transducer…

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Aqua Map Master adds AIS, WiFi instrument data, USACE surveys and route explorer

Aqua Map has added a premium tier called Aqua Map Master that adds AIS overlays, data via NMEA-0183 and SignalK over WiFi, US Army Corp of Engineers survey data overlayed over charts and a new route explorer.   With Master, Aqua Map adds several features I haven’t seen on any other mobile app that I’m excited to try out.

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Garmin introduces the ECHOMAP Ultra series with larger, brighter screens, built-in Panoptix LiveScope support and new g3 maps, charts

Garmin today announced the ECHOMAP™ Ultra series, a new line of keyed-assist 10- and 12-inch touchscreen chartplotters designed to bring professional performance to inland and nearshore anglers. Offering a best-in-class sonar solution, the ECHOMAP Ultra series has built-in support for Garmin’s crystal-clear Ultra High-Definition scanning sonar as well as the award-winning Panoptix LiveScope™ series, including…

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Information display and Ship Control, hands on with next generation boat management interfaces

Controlling the multitude of systems on modern boats can be complex and many modern boaters expect the same level of automation and convenience they find in their cars.   It’s clear the industry has realized this and is working hard to develop systems that make controlling your boat simpler and more intuitive.  I had the opportunity to try out two such systems at the Miami International Boat Show…

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GPS date rollover affects older GPS units

On April 6th, 2019 older GPS units may experience a range of problems because of a limitation in how they handle dates.  Thos problems could include not being able to receive location data.  It turns out the way dates are stored in older GPS units has a rollover event every roughly 20 years and we are about to experience the second one since the GPS constellations came online.  The rollover last happened in 1999 but in the last 20 years, the use and dependence on GPS has increased dramatically.