BY LENNY RUDOW
FUSION is looking to tap into the current popularity of standup paddleboarding, kayaking, and canoeing with the StereoActive. What makes it different from other portable
Bluetooth speakers is the fact that it’s IPX7 waterproof and it floats. It also has a
“puck” mounting system that allows you to secure it to just about any flat surface, a
USB flash drive, and large scalloped buttons designed so you can manipulate them with
the end of a paddle. Added bonus: It has kick-butt sound qualities and pumps out 40
watts of power through dual 2.5-inch directional speakers. When we gave one a listen,
we were awed at the booming bass and titillating treble.
$299 | stereoactive.com
FURUNO is peering into the foggy future with its 6-kilowatt DRS6AX X-class radar.
Available with 3.5-, 4-, and 6-foot open-array antennas, the DRS6AX is designed
for use with Furuno’s existing NavNet TZtouch and TZtouch2 systems. Optimizing
maximum pulse length (extended from 0.8 to 1. 2 microseconds) delivers 50 percent
more power on target than previous DRS radar, and “Fast Target Tracking” can
detect and display target vectors with heading and speed for up to 30 targets. The
gearbox is also 20-percent lighter and quieter than in previous models. $5,395
(with 3.5-foot antenna) | furunousa.com
The first flurry of new
electronics were revealed
at the Fort Lauderdale
International Boat Show.
Join us for a look at the latest
Trying to keep tabs on the new- est marine electronics gear is like living in a time warp: The moment you get a grip on reality, that reality has become history.
And right now, although many boaters are shoveling snow or stuffing the
wood stove, the newest nav gear is just
becoming available. Whether you plan
on making an upgrade this spring or
you just want to keep abreast of the
most recent trends and developments
in marine electronics, read on because
here’s the scoop on what’s new and
Lenny Rudow is fishing and electronics
editor for BoatU.S. Magazine, senior
editor at Boats.com, and president of
Boating Writers International.