Simrad Precision-9 Compass and Heave sensor!

The latest “ball buster” product from Simrad is the new Simrad Precision-9 electronic compass.

It has not gotten very much attention – maybe because Simrad is downplaying the most important part of the product – it outputs Heave data – at a sensible price point (about 40% less of what the cheapest other Heave Sensors cost)

[update 19/02: Seems like Heave data won’t be in the initial release and mention of it has been removed from Simrad’s Website (see source link bottom of page). Heave will become available with a later software according to the trusted writers at TheHullTruth] Continue reading Simrad Precision-9 Compass and Heave sensor!

GoFree Insight Genesis updated with more free features

Navico today announced updates to the GoFree Insight Genesis program. The Insight Genesis program is Navico’s “Custom Mapping and Content system” for the Navico range of chart-plotters that encompass the Simrad, Lowrance and B&G brands.

Navico GoFree

With GoFree Insight Genesis you can upload sonar logs recorded on multifunction chart-plotters in the Navico range. After some cloud processing GoFree Insight Genesis allows you to download your personalized contour maps to your devices.

GoFree Insight Genesis New Features

Continue reading GoFree Insight Genesis updated with more free features

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.

Continue reading New Lowrance Elite Chirp Chart Plotters and Fish Finders

New Navico Simrad Lowrance SonicHub firmware

Just a quick news snippet – Navico has released a new update firmware for Sonic Hub version 1.0.3058

Uni-Dock for SonicHub
Uni-Dock for SonicHub

The new version improves iPhone 5 support and adds support for the new Simrad Uni-Dock.

Lowrance SonicHub update: Click here

Simrad SonicHub update: Click here


Lowrance HDS Gen2 v2 software update – initial impressions – update 1

This is just a quick “flash” 🙂

I updated my HDS G2 Touch – and all went well. GoFree works perfect like on my NSS8.

The first thing I tried 🙂 was of course Map sharing between NSS8 and HDS G2 Touch – and it works! Impressive and very nice!

Lets see if my problems with “device configuration resets” have been solved.


Well – Map sharing also works with Structure Scan Maps – my NSS8 has the Navionics maps – and the HDS G2 has my StrucureScan (now HD) maps. And the HDS happily shares those with the NSS – while getting Navionics Charts the other way. Neat – but it seems like I have to reboot after adding a new structure scan map to make it available to the NSS.

And it does seem like my twin engine device configuration stays in place – but too early to tell for certain.

Lowrance HDS Gen 2 Software Update v2.0 available

Lowrance has [finally] released the HDS Gen 2 software update for Lowrance Gen 2 Touch and “normal” Lowrance Gen 2 units.

The new features are:

  • Support for GoFree wireless remote operation with the Lowrance WIFI-1 module – so you can “remote control” your HDS Gen2 from iDevices and Android devices. [HDS/Touch]
  • Insight Genesis compatible – so you can create your own maps – but unfortunately still limited to very few locations around the world. If you are not in an approved location – you can’t create an account and use Insight Genesis [HDS/Touch]
  • Map/Chart sharing – Share your Navionics/CMAP or Insight maps with other HDS Gen 2 units [HDS/Touch]
  • Navionics Depth contour shading and highlights [HDS/Touch]
  • Navionics EasyView, Dynamic Tides & Currents [Touch]
  • Internal GPS antenna updated to use 5Hz update speed from 1Hz (5 Hz = 5 times pr second) – latest Lowrance Point-1 external GPS is a 10Hz antenna
  • StructureMap HD Sonar Charts – The old version gave you very resolution limited “Sonar Charts” of your recorded structure scan logs. The new version 2 keeps high resolution. [HDS/Touch]
  • Structure Scan auto contrast [HDS]
  • Now Gen 2 supports the Lowrance Point-1 10Hz external GPS [HDS/Touch]
  • And a new feature – Dual Chart Capability – we don’t know what that covers yet but will investigate [HDS]
  • New panel setups for HDS-8 and HDS-10 [HDS]
  • A screen capture shortcut [HDS]
  • And like Raymarine a/c/e series – a built in PDF reader – for keeping manuals handy. [HDS/Touch]

Version today on release date May 10th : 2.0-45.135

Direct download location:

HDS Gen 2 Touch Software Version 2

HDS Gen 2 Software Version 2 (non touch)

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.

Continue reading Mercury introduces VesselView 4 and VesselView 7 [updated]