FROM RADIOS TO NAV GEAR to safety to fish-finding, all types of marine electronics could be found at the 2014 Miami boat show. And as we’ve come to expect, the list of new units and new tech- nologies to hit the market was both long and interesting. You didn’t make the show? No problem — we searched out the latest and the
greatest so we could share them with you.
ANDROID ONBOARD: ARGONAUT A615
If you’ve ever wished your multifunction display (MFD) acted more like your phone, the
A615 will be of interest. This is a 15-inch bonded touch-screen, waterproof, shock-protected
LCD display. What’s special about it is that it has an Android processor and a Wifi network.
That means you can use it to run apps, get live weather monitoring, and do all of the other
things you love to do with your nav gear. Or, with your phone. Unlike many crossover
electronics the A615 is built specifically for marine use, and has a shock-mounted internal
chassis. It can be flush or surface-mounted, and offers multiple inputs and outputs. $2,899;
Sailors can now enjoy touch-screen navigational functionality, including pinch-to-zoom, with
the new B&G Zeus2. Unlike most nav systems, this one’s designed specifically for sailing and
includes several helpful sail-specific features. Sail Time, for example, calculates tacks and gives
you an estimated time-to-destination figure far more realistic than straight-line calculations.
Laylines allow you to view tacking angles, tides are taken into account, and the SailSteer
MAKE YOUR HELM STATION SIZZLE
At this year’s Miami International Boat Show, the crop of new electronics did not
disappoint. Here’s what’s new, and what’s hot BY LENNY RUDOW
display details key sailing data. The Zeus2 is
waterproof to IPX7 standards (submersible
to one meter for 30 minutes) and comes
with a three year warranty. $1,629.
Also new for the navigating sailor: H5000.
This autopilot/instrument system is again
designed specifically for sailing, and runs
three software options so you can get the
data you need whether you’re a serious racer,
mellow cruiser, or a bit of both. It integrates
with the B&G Zeus system and most H3000
sensors, and displays on a five-inch bonded
LCD screen. $5,000.
B&G has been extremely busy, with
yet another new introduction this year, the
V50 fixed-mount VHF, along with the H50
wireless handset. The $399 V50 integrates
dual-channel AIS, along with the features
you expect in a modern marine radio. It’s
plug-and-play ready to match up with the
Zeus system, can store up to 20 contacts,
MMSI information, and provides DSC position polling of up to three other boats.
The H50 is IPX7 waterproofed,
has an eight-hour battery life,
and adds $169 to the cost.
The inReach satellite messenger provided a serious safety boost to plenty
of boaters, but this year,
DeLorme goes one better.
For 2014 they’re introducing the inReach SE, which
incorporates its own screen
PRACTICAL BOATER | ELECTRONICS 2014