New Lowrance Elite Chirp Chart Plotters and Fish Finders

Lowrance has announced the Lowrance Elite Chirp series, a follow up to the Lowrance Elite HDI models.Lowrance Elite Chirp

The new series of Lowrance Elite Chirp are available with 5″ screens or  7″ wide format screen models – and both with and without chart plotter capabilities.

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Guide to Dinghy Mounts / Dinghy Davits

After a few years of 2 foot-itisch you realize 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?

 

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.

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

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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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