Mercury introduces VesselView 4 and VesselView 7 [updated]

Available in May 2013 – the new Mecury VesselView engine monitors steps into a new age. Upgraded with Touch Screen and in 4 and 7 inch version – there should be a lot for every “Mercruiser Engine Freak” to feel good about.

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Jeppesen C-MAP on Lowrance, Simrad and B&G chartplotters

Navico/Simrad has announced today that the current lineup of chartplotters will  support Jeppesen C-MAP MAX-N at launch time. The MAX-N charts look like they might be a “special” version of the normal MAX maps – made especially for Navico.

The C-MAP MAX-N will be compatible with Lowrance Elite-7, HDS Gen1, Gen2 and Gen2 Touch plus Simrad NSS, NSE and NSO – and B&G’s Zeus Touch multifunction displays.


Raymarine gS95, gS125 and gS165 Glass Bridge displays released

Raymarine expands the offering with the new Raymarine gS series Glass Cockpit. It is not a black box kit like the Garmin GPSMAP 8500 – but individual screens in low profile – and looks very sleek.

The series has a 9″, 12″ and a 16″ model. In short you can say they are like the E series – but has not got neither built in keypad, card slot or sonar. All the controls you have – is a single power button. But they are supplied with a wireless version of the C/E series keypad so you can control all displays from one remote.

Raymarine Remote Control for gS series

But they look great! A lot better than the C/E series. I hope LightHouse “bugs” will be ironed out – and then you have a great looking glass bridge display for any yacht. But there are a LOT of bugs in LightHouse.

Raymarine gS Series Glass Bridge Display

They  use the LightHouse interface as mentioned, supports IP cameras and but has multiple Ethernet interfaces – this time with Power Over Ethernet (POE).  There is also DVI output for external screens and BNC Video inputs.

And finally they are “polarised sunglasses” friendly.

It looks like it is going to be an interesting year for marine electronics. But congratulations to Raymarine for what I think is so far the best looking displays out there.

Raymarine Dragonfly Sonar/GPS module launched (officially)

The Raymarine Dragonfly was shown a bit early in a Magazine advert – but now it is officially released.

Dragonfly Front Dual-Sonar

The Dragonfly is combination Sonar and GPS module with “Downscan” technogly like Hummingbird and Lowrance/Simrad has had for some time. It lack the “Sidescan” though.

Downscan means it can show “picture like” image of what is below the boat.  With the new CPT-60 transducer it uses 2 sonar channels – 200 kHz and 355 kHz for fishfinder and Downscan. The 355kHz is quite unusual compared to Hummingbird and Lowrance/Simrad since they use 455 kHz for their Downscan. That means theoretically the Raymarine will go “deeper” but might not have as detailed images. Raymarine claims range is 600′ deep (200 meters)

The Raymarine Dragonfly has a VGA resolution with 1500 nits on a 5.7″ screen. It supports Navionics Silver and Gold maps at HotSpot fishing maps.


More Garmin GPSMAP 8008 & 8208 info with picture

Well I was just blind. The new products are still on Garmins page at the button of the page Garmin GPSMAP 8008


But in short – Garmin GPSMAP 8008 and GPSMAP 8208 – 800×600 multi touch screen – LED Backlight – 2 new CAN Ports ? (House and Engine??) – NMEA 2000 port – usual NMEA 0183′ ports – 4 Garmin Marine Network ports – DVI display output port – 2 BNC video input ports.

The new version introduces something Garmin calls SmartMode (TM) control. Which according to Garmin means you can setup “multi screen presets” without having to switch each screen individually.

Garmin GPSMAP 8208

They do look great – but the GPSMAP 8008/8208 are different in size from the GPSMAP 5208 (8208 – 268.9mm x 193.9mm – 5208 330mm x 173mm) and quite surprising the screen (8.4″) is actually close to 4:3 format with it’s 171mm x 130mm – which I find absolutely great and very sensible. But there is a lot of wasted space around the edges which I do not like.