Marine Electronic Services Ltd has introduced the new WIB2D portable Navtex. Smaller than a pack of cigarettes, it incorporates a sophisticated dual channel Navtex receiver and built-in LCD display to show weather and navigation information available from the free of charge Navtex system. There is no need for an external antenna and it has a built-in rechargeable battery which can last up to three days. It can also be connected to a PC, and the data viewed on screen or even printed out onto hard copy.
Digital Yacht, maker of the popular AIT250 AIS transponder, has added an optional VHF antenna splitter to its system. This allows the transponder to connect to an existing VHF antenna so that there is no need for a second antenna for the AIS transponder. Splitters have been available for some time for AIS receivers, but this is one of the first available for a transponder.
Garmin announces its first touchscreen multi-use nüvi portable navigation device (PND) dedicated to boating, walking, cycling, motorbiking and driving, in one rugged easy-to-use unit. The nüvi 500 series comes equipped with the latest technology from Garmin including NavTeq sophisticated mapping data and the ability to accept different types of mapping including BlueChart cartography for marine use and TOPO for outdoor navigation.
AIS (the buzz word for automatic identification system) has become the yachtsman’s technology ‘to have’ for 2008. Part of the problem with the popularity of the system is that interpreting target data on an already crowded electronic plotter screen can be difficult. Bristol-based Marine Electronic Services Ltd has come up with an ingenious device called WatchMate, which connects directly to an AIS receiver or transponder and displays an easy-to-interpret list of targets that are within range. More
Garmin is introducing its first wind sensor for its marine networking range of instruments. The GWS 10 Wind Sensor is a modern new wind vane that not only monitors wind speed and direction but also provides barometric pressure and air temperature data – in effect, a mini weather station suitable for sailing boats and power craft.
Raymarine’s new A Series range of chartplotter/fishfinders combine all the technology and performance of the company’s top of the range multi function displays in a brand new compact unit. The five new models, on public preview at this year’s Southampton Boat Show and available later this Autumn, have been well received by boat owners keen to harness the latest developments in technology migration.
Winner of the National Marine Manufacturers Association “Best Technological Innovation 2004” at the Miami Boat Show and with more than 2000 installed units on more than 90 different brands of yachts, DUNCAN YACHTING Ltd is pleased to announce the release of the NEW Yacht Controller EVO! in the UK.