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.
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 has released the new Evolution autopilot technology. The technology is according to Raymarine a combination of aerospace guidance technology with Raymarines marine autopilot technology.
That should deliver a better and more accurate autopilot control.
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.
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.
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.
The Raymarine Dragonfly was shown a bit early in a Magazine advert – but now it is officially released.
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.
And as by magic – Furuno published details on their Chirp blackbox sounder today. The Furuno DFF1-UHD is a 1 kW Chirp blackbox sounder compatible with Furuno NavNet TZtouch and NavNet 3D.
Since the Garmin GPSMAP 8012 & GPSMAP 8212 have same spec’s more or less as the GPSMAP 8008/8208 – (Which you can find here) I will not dive into specs here.
I will just give you a comparison on sizes on the Garmin 12″ displays and a little extra info.
Garmin GRID (TM) is a remote control device with rotary knob and a joystick to “remote” control ALL your Garmin GPSMAP Series 8000 displays from a single location.
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.
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.