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Garmin announces 250 watt, solid-state, open-array Fantom 254/256 radars

Garmin today announced the GMR Fantom 254/256 open-array radars delivering 250W of pulse compression power, its highest-powered solid-state marine radar on the market. The new Fantom 254/256 series uses Garmin’s signature MotionScope™ technology to detect and highlight moving targets in different colors, helping users avoid potential collisions, find flocks of birds and track weather.

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Raymarine news: Axiom Plus, new Lighthouse charts, and more

Raymarine had a busy Monday announcing new and updated hardware, software, and cartography. They unveiled an updated Axiom MFD called the Axiom+, all new LightHouse charts, LightHouse Premium subscription plan, and a new companion app called RayConnect to their Axiom line of MFDs. Raymarine recently presented the new functionality to members of the media allowing me share some more details about the announcements.

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Si-Tex introduces new SP-120C compact color autopilot

The new SI-TEX SP-120C Color Autopilot features a compact, rugged housing and bright full-color LCD display that can be easily viewed from a variety of different angles on open or enclosed helm stations. This makes the SP-120C and ideal autopilot option for a wide variety of vessels up to 38 feet in length, including center console fishing boats, sailboats and cruisers.

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Announcing New Functionality for Simrad NSO, NSS and GO Systems

Simrad Yachting – a leader in the design and manufacture of world-class marine navigation, autopilot, radar, communications and fishfinding systems – announced today a software update for its NSO, NSS and GO series systems. The 20.0 update includes a wealth of powerful new features, including C-MAP Embark passage planner sync, NMEA 2000 update capability for Mercury VesselView Link, Naviop performance improvements, accessory control of Lowrance Ghost freshwater trolling motor and Rhodan trolling motors and more…

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Aqua Map 10 for Android & Master 2.0 with USCG LNMs, Buoys, and routes from tracks released

Aqua Map version 10 is now available for Android while Aqua Map Master 2.0 is available for both Android and iOS with several new features. The new Android version brings the same speedy map performance released to iOS the end of last year. The new features in Master 2.0 add even more features to the already feature-packed $10 per year add-on package.

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“Furuno Connections” Season 2 delivers a head-to-head product shootout among the industry’s four major players!

“Furuno Connections” is back, and Furuno is bringing something very special for Season 2. They’ve outfitted four boats with complete electronics packages, one from each of their major competitors and one with NavNet TZtouch3, and they are taking you out on the water to put all of these systems through their paces in a head-to-head product shootout! …

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Raymarine: Torture tested

Raymarine owners can get underway with the confidence in knowing their electronics will perform in extreme conditions. Why? Because Raymarine electronics are literally tortured in the company’s very own Environmental Test Center in the UK, where they are subjected to hard drops, prolonged vibration, extreme temperatures, wireless emissions, relentless rain and spray, full submersion, and the simulation of months at sea inside a salt mist chamber.

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MIBS2020: Koden MDS-11R RADARpc, radar for Coastal Explorer

While walking the floor of the Miami International Boat Show something caught my eye in Si-Tex / Koden’s booth. I saw what looked like a PC screen running Coastal Explorer but with a radar display shown. It turns out this is a new version of Koden’s RADARpc that interfaces nearly any Koden or Si-Tex radar with a PC running Coastal Explorer.