Marine Review Guide to Dinghy Mounts / Dinghy Davits

After a few years of 2 foot-itisch you realise you need a Junior boat for your big ride. Your big boat is no longer one you just throw up on the beach and you don’t really fancy swimming ashore any longer.

So what do you do? You buy a dinghy – but pretty soon find out that it needs an engine. Once it has an outboard engine – it gets heavy. So hauling it up on the front deck is a chore.

So then you go looking for a dinghy mount for your boat. They come in many shapes and sizes – but common for all is most are made by small entrepreneurial companies around the world who does not have Garmin’s marketing budget. So they can be hard to track down – and hard to choose between.

Here is our list of the Dinghy Mounts and Dinghy Davits we have found so far.

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Raymarine settle DownScan patent dispute with Navico

Well that did not take long – Raymarine has entered into a license agreement with Navico for DownScan sonar technologies. The terms of the patent license and resolution are confidential says Raymarine.

So court case out – and Raymarine is now officially licensed to use the DownScan technology from Navico. (Navico is the owner of Simrad, B&G and Lowrance)

So what about Garmin then. :) DownVu could be next?


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Garmin quatix post “recall” follow up [update 2]

As you might remember – Garmin issued a recall for Garmin quatix watches during the

Garmin quatix the watch
Garmin quatix the watch

summer of 2013.

Well – FINALLY I got a “new” quatix – about 2 weeks ago. The new quatix watch works almost like the old one. But so far I have not burned my wrist :) as the old one could.

But it seems like they have changed the GPS software – now the GPS has a heck of a lot of dampening – so GPS speed indication can take 30-60 seconds to show the speed you are really doing. That is COMPLETELY useless.

Sailing in a dinghy you need fast feedback on how fast you are going. You don’t have time to wait a minute or two before you are certain what your speed is. I rather have a battery life of 4 hours than any kind of speed dampening. I have looked through the manual and cannot find anywhere to disable speed dampening – so I guess that is a “factory feature”

Anyway – I still think the watch is mostly useless due to the small screen. Racing with it on in my dinghy is close to impossible. The numbers are too small – and you need too many button presses to make it useful. When you are busy handling multiple sails while steering – sailing single handed – there are no free hands to press a lot of buttons multiple times to get to the menu you need – or the display you need for that part.

So if you sail dinghy – you are better off using a dedicated sailing computer like Velocitek or the likes where the display is huge and crisp – and GPS speed is close to instant. But on a bigger cruiser / sail boat – results might be better. I might get a “NMEA 2000 -> ANT +” interface for it and try it out on my big boat at some point. But I’m not really “burning” to try it.

But on my wishlist would be a wireless ultrasonic solar powered Wind-dicator :) that could talk to the sailing computer – and survive the dinghy being upside down from time to time. That would be neat!

So something like LCJ Capteurs CV7SF but with Bluetooth LE AND ANT+ interface. ANT+ alone would not cut it for me as it is to proprietary and owned by Garmin.

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Furuno DRS4W Wi-Fi Radar for iPad & iPhone

And here we go – the first Radar with Wi-Fi interface that connects to your iPhone or iPad


for radar images. The Furuno DRS4W Radar was launched at the Stockholm Boatshow on March 7th 2014.

The Furuno DRS4W gets it juice from a power cable only – so no thick radar cable. The DRS4W then has the Wi-Fi module built in – and can talk to iPhones/iPad’s up to 10 meters away.

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Garmin Helm now support GPSMAP 500/700/800 & 1000 series

Garmin has released the Garmin Helm 1.1 for IOS (Apple Devices) today – with support for more devices than the previous 1.0 release that only supported the GPSMAP 8000 series.

Garmin Helm allows you to Remote Control your GPSMAP Chartplotter from your iPhone or iPad.

The Garmin Helm 1.1 now also supports both landscape and portrait mode – plus you can record the “session” as a video from your iPad or iPhone.

The new version supports:

Garmin GPSMAP 8000 Series (as before)
Garmin GPSMAP 500 Series (527, 527xs, 547, 547xs)
Garmin GPSMAP 700 Series (721, 721xs, 741, 741xs, 751, 751xs)
Garmin GPSMAP 800 Series (820, 820xs, 840xs)
Garmin GPSMAP 1000 Series (1020, 1020xs, 1040xs)

To install – click here: iTunes Garmin Helm App
To update – check for Apps updates in iTunes.

To use the new Garmin Helm with the new devices – they need to be upgraded as well. To download firmware for the above mentioned devices – click here Garmin GPSMAP Firmware

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New Raymarine LightHouse v9.40 software update

Raymarine has once again updated their LightHouse software to Version 9.4

Here is a list of the updates

  • Raymarine Lighthouse Chart Support
  • Redesigned User Interface
  • Chart Data selection
  • Navionics Sonar Chart support
  • Navionics Freshest Data reminder
  • Multitouch support for a Series multifunction displays
  • Reorganization and Renaming of Menu items and structure
  • Autohide Databar
  • Increase of Waypoints (3000 Total, 100 Groups), Routes (150 containing 200 WTPs), Tracks (15 Tracks – 10000 points)
  • GPX file formation support
  • Waypoint Symbols
  • Symbol Search
  • Waypoint area search
  • Multiple Sonar selection
  • Distance unit setup (ability to set upper and lower denominations separately)
  • Expanded ETA & TTG data items
  • Expanded support of PGN 127489 (Engine alarms)
  • Added DSC support over SeaTalkNG/NMEA2000
  • Support for 8 displays (originally was 6)
  • Sonar app – In absence of speed transducer system defaults to ‘NONE’ rather than default previously
  • Various fixes and improvements
  • User manual updated

The updates are available to download from here and is suitable for everyone who owns any of the Raymarine aSeries, cSeries, eSeries and gS Series

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Garmin Helm iPad & iPhone App review

Garmin announced the new Garmin Helm remote control App for iOS (iPhone/iPad) this

Garmin Helm Display App for iOS (iPhone/iPad)
Garmin Helm Display App for iOS (iPhone/iPad)

week. So far it only supports the new Garmin GPSMAP 8000 series via Wi-Fi. Later other GPSMAP models will be included. But since we have a Garmin GPSMAP 8008 on the test-bed, we decided to take the Garmin Helm app for a test-run.

The Garmin Helm Test-Rig

As we don’t have a Garmin Wi-Fi access-point – we rigged up our own with a Cradlepoint MBR1400 router.  We configured the CradlePoint so 2 of the Ethernet ports and one virtual Wi-Fi access-points is routed to Garmin normal B class (176.16.x.x/ – then we plugged the Garmin 8008 into the CradlePoint router. Continue reading

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New Garmin Products at METS –

A lot of new products for METS from Garmin

Garmin SideVü and Garmin DownVü : New side and downscan sonar technology. Garmin SideVu DownVu

The Garmin GPSMAP 500xs and GPSMAP 700xs series will get a software update to support Garmin DownVü with the built in sonar.

New Garmin GVC 10 sonar black-box will integrate SideVü and DownVü and will be compatible with the new GPSMAP 700, 800 and 1000 series chartplotter. [ Updated] and echoMAP 70dv/70s. It has 3 network ports for networking multiple units? So does that mean the GPSMAP 700 series will be net workable now? As the GVC 10 is Garmin Marine Network compatible??  Prices $599 and available [we don't know yet]



Garmin is also expanding their GPS 700 range – with new bigger brothers – the new Garmin GPSMAP 800 and Garmin GPSMAP 1000 series (So with 8″ and 10″ screens and the 10″ got buttons!!) update : The 800 and 1000 series are NOT touch. Only button controlled. And prices are about $2000 for the 10″ models and $1500 for the 8″ models. Availability about February 2014.Garmin 1000 Series




New Radars – GMR18 xHD and GMR24 xHD – With 48 RPM and auto adjustment. Dynamic auto Gain and dynamic Sea Filter -with a range of up to 48 nautical miles. Prices : GMR24 xHD – $2400 – GMR 18 xHD $1600 – available February 2014.Garmin XhD radar

New Free Garmin Helm iPhone and iPad app for remote control of Garmin GPSMAP units that are acceciable via Wi-Fi. It will be compatible with GPSMAP 8000 series first – but more GPSMAP models will be supported in the near future. Garmin Helm iTunes Link

Garmin Meteor 300 – New Garmin in-boat audio system – with Bluetooth streaming and control. Compatible with iOS and Android.  At launch it will work with the GPSMAP 500 and 700 series plus the Garmin 6000 and 7000 series MFD chart plotters with potential future expansion to other GPSMAP models as well. 3 separate audio zones – 4 x 50 watt – NMEA 2000 control Interface.

Price $400 and available February 2014. [Update - looks like it is just some Fusion OEM based on the accessories seems all to be Fusion based]

Garmin Meteor 300 Docking Station – with USB including micro-USB cable, Apple 30 pin cable and Apple lightning cable – $150 – available in 1-3 business days??

Garmin Meteor 300 NMEA 2000 remote control – well… looks like… Fusion???

Garmin Meteor 300 Remote Control $190 and available now.Garmin Meteor 300 NMEA 2000 Remote Control

Fusion NMEA 2000 Remote Control








Garmin gWind Series – new Wind vanes from Garmin

More info from Garmin here and from us as it develops.


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