Category: Navigation

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Furuno Wants You To Go On A Power Trip With Their All-New NavNet TZtouch3

Furuno set the standard for multi touch screen MFDs in 2012 with the introduction of their groundbreaking NavNet TZtouch series. NavNet TZtouch was refined in 2015 with the release of NavNet TZtouch2, introducing larger displays and more built-in features. Furuno has perfected the series with the introduction of NavNet TZtouch3, packing in more powerful features and functions, super-bright and responsive IPS displays, and a variety of screen sizes and interface options to suit any boating style or size of vessel…

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Announcing the New Simrad NSO evo3S

Egersund, Norway – Simrad Yachting – a leader in the design and manufacture of world-class marine navigation, autopilot, radar, communications and fishfinding systems – announced today the launch of the new Simrad NSO evo3S Glass Bridge display, providing an unprecedented user experience for large sportfishing and power boats…

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Aqua Map Version 20, fast scrolling and new features

Aqua Map has already established itself as an excellent app for boaters supplying valuable data at your fingertips. But one weakness has been the relatively slow rendering of charts. This made scrolling slower than you would like, but now Aqua Map is out with version 20 and an all new charting engine. The result? Lightning fast scrolling and several nice updates to make one of the leading navigation apps even better.

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Garmin GPSMap 86sci: inReach, GPS and a plethora of tools for boaters

The Garmin GPSMAp 86 family is a powerhouse of communications and connectivity. The dizzying array of technology inside this handheld provides two-way satellite messaging, GPS chart plotting, and integrations with many onboard electronics, all in a compact, weather-resistant, floating case. The marriage of a marine GPS unit with inReach satellite messaging could be the perfect tool for boaters. Can this many capabilities work in one little package? Read on to find out.

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NOAA will sunset traditional nautical charts, sad but inevitable

Things are just things, right, and they don’t really die. But during a recent conference call with NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, a genuine feeling of grief bubbled up within me. And since I can’t keep my mouth shut, I learned that some of our “Nation’s Nautical Chartmakers” are also feeling the pain. The demise of the traditional chart is going to be sad for many of us, no doubt about it. But please don’t jump to dire conclusions until you know all that NOAA plans…

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A few valuable boating apps, and what’s your favorite?

Most boaters carry around an impressively powerful and easy to use computer in their pockets: their smartphone. Smartphones have enough processing power, sensors and capabilities to augment or possibly even replace dedicated navigation equipment onboard your boat. Mobile phone and tablet apps for boating have steadily improved and today offer a compelling set of functionalities that can make boating both safer and easier.

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Announcing New Simrad HALO20+, HALO20

Simrad Yachting – a leader in the design and manufacture of world-class marine navigation, autopilot, radar, communications and fishfinding systems – announced today the launch of HALO20+ and HALO20 radars – a pair of compact, pulse compression radome units, perfectly designed for smaller sportfishing and cruising vessels…

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Garmin expands flagship chartplotter line-up, brings full integration functionality to even more boaters with new GPSMAP Plus series

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the GPSMAP Plus series, the latest addition to its flagship GPSMAP lineup of premium multi-function displays (MFDs) that brings increased engine integration and OneHelm third-party integration across the full line…

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New FLIR M300 cameras – visible light, thermal and color thermal

At the NMEA Conference last week, FLIR previewed the M300 line of marine cameras with five models including the company’s first visible light only camera. They also debuted Color Thermal Vision (CTV) and MSX edge enhancing imaging technologies. Ben Ellison and I took a night ride on the FLIR/Raymarine demo boat in busy Norfolk Harbor and saw how all this technology can enhance situational awareness.