for compatible a, c, e, and g series owners.
Simrad has also been busy, with their
new NSO Evo2. The big news here is in
simplifying and shrinking the NSO black
box, the brains of the system, while doubling
its power. It’s one-third smaller, which may
not sound like much, but peeking behind
the helm of our Simrad test-boat, believe me,
you could see the difference – yet despite the
smaller package it houses a pair of quad-core
processors. That means it has the computing
oomph to drive two different displays independently – which can save you big bucks.
Add on the OP- 40 remote and you get full
keyboard functionality. The black box
starts at $5,695 and packages range
to $12,999 (for the NSO16 Evo2).
Over the summer Raymarine started
shipping their latest in autopilots,
the Evolution, but we’re including
it here as it wasn’t out in time for
our 2013 electronics update. The
real news lies in the Evolution
EV sensor core, a nine-axis
sensor that gathers data on motion in all
three dimensions, allowing the autopilot
to learn as you go, constantly adjusting
for sea and environmental conditions, to
always steer the most efficient course. Bonus
Feature: This little sensor is so smart it
can auto-compensate for onboard magnetic
fields – the type that can throw a com-
pass off balance. No more worries about
where you’ve stowed that toolbox. Price
varies, depending on system requirements.
Thermal imaging just got
a whole lot less expensive, with the U.S.
introduction of the
a two-camera unit
carrying both a
320 x 240 thermal imager and
740 TVL daylight
The housing is
small (slightly larger than a softball) and light
at three pounds. It has a single switchable
video output and connects to your monitor
or multifunction display via a CAT5 cable.
The housing is capable of 360-degree rota-
tion and 180-degree tilt, so you can pan,
tilt, then make good use of the digital zoom.
The housing is IP66 waterproof and feels a
bit less robust than some competitors, but
get this: List cost is $4,500. That’s less than
half the cost of some dual-payload ther-
mal/daylight cameras with similar functions.
Lower power, longer range radar
will be the new norm.
The cost of thermal vision cameras has dropped.