STANDARD HORIZON has the HX870, a new handheld VHF for 2015.
The coolest thing about this radio is that it floats, so dropping it overboard
is not a tragedy. And yes, it’s waterproof, too, rated to IPX8 submersible
standards, even though it’ll bob up to the surface after submersion. It has
a built-in GPS receiver and offers DSC, pumps out a better-than-average six
watts, and even displays basic navigation data – (like lat/long, speed, and
course) on the display. More about that display: It’s far larger than those on
previous models, which makes using all that info do-able even on a hand-
held unit. $250; www.StandardHorizon.com
fishfinding capability. Best of all for small
boat owners, the buttons are back. You
can use the touchscreen when appropri-
ate, but in rough conditions or when your
hands are covered with chum, there’s a
full keypad ready and waiting.
StructureScan, DownScan, CHIRP, and
wireless connectivity are all built into
the new generation HDS, and you get
plug-and-play options like Broadband
radar, SiriusXM weather, SmartSteer
control, SpotlightScan, AIS, DSC VHF, and
SonicHub Marine Audio. Whew! $1,249 to
$3,149, excluding transducers;
FURUNO is cutting the radar cord, with their 1st
Watch Wireless Radar. Essentially this is an iOS
app, which allows you to pull up and control
your radar on an iPhone or iPad. Or, maybe
you’d like to use both at once? No problem.
Two units can connect to the 2.4-GHz wireless
LAN at the same time. Visual signals are provided
by a 4-k W 19-inch radome with
24-nautical-mile range. $1,695.
Also new from Furuno is an upgrade in the 700-series autopilot
line, with the 711C. Actually, the autopilot itself remains the same;
what’s changed here is the display unit, which (in case you didn’t
guess from the “C” designation) is now color. The unit’s face has
also been given a lift, to match the look of Furuno’s TZtouch MFDs.
$3,695 for the complete system; $3,370 for the outboard version;