Leif Ottosson

Knut Frostad (Photo: Navico)

Navico Names Knut Frostad CEO

Navico, parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and C-MAP brands, announced on Thursday that its board of directors has appointed Knut Frostad as President and Chief Executive Officer.“Knut Frostad has been on Navico’s board for 14 years and brings solid experience in the industry and understanding of our business as former CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, as well as director and advisor to several international companies,” said Hugo Maurstad, chairman of the board of NavicoFrostad’s day-to-day leadership of Navico will begin immediately…

Darrell J. Lowrance: 1938-2019 (Photo: Navico)

Navico Mourns Passing of Darrell Lowrance

Navico, parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and C-MAP brands, announced today the passing of Darrell J. Lowrance, founder of its Lowrance brand.Darrell served as President and CEO of Lowrance Electronics from 1964 to 2006, and was responsible for many breakthroughs in marine electronics. In addition to the first recreational sonar product for anglers – the Fish-Lo-K-Tor (also known as the “Little Green Box”) – he led the development of the first graph recorder, the first integrated sonar/GPS unit, and many others.

Navico Acquires Naviop

Marine electronics manufacturer Navico, parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands, announced it has finalized an agreement to acquire marine monitoring and control systems provider Naviop. Providing the integration framework to capture data from all boating systems, Naviop creates a digital ecosystem on boats outfitted with Simrad, Lowrance and B&G marine electronics, with the multifunction display serving as the hub for complete system control and information. “For years, auto manufacturers have provided consumers with a complete integration solution at their fingertips…

Zeus3 chartplotter showing alternative PredictWind routing. (Photo: B&G)

B&G Updates Chartplotters with Weather Services

B&G, a sailing navigation and instrument specialist, has announced new software updates that will bring PredictWind weather services direct to Zeus and Vulcan chartplotter range. The online forecasting service provides the latest weather and sailing information to sailors all around the world. The software update will enable sailors with PredictWind accounts to plan routes in seconds using PredictWind data such as wind, swell, rain, cloud, isobar and air temperature information directly on a B&G chartplotter.

B&G will be providing vital race support to the organizers and crews of the race. Image B&G

B&G Selected Official Volvo Ocean Race Supplier

B&G will be an Official Volvo Ocean Race Supplier for the 2017/18 race. B&G will be the    heart of the entire fleet of Volvo Ocean 65 yachts with state-of-the-art navigation systems, tactical software and Grand Prix level  instrument systems. B&G will also be providing race support to the organizers and crews of the 2017 Volvo Ocean Race, which begins on the 4th October in Alicante, Spain. “Since the inception of the    world-renowned Volvo Ocean Race, every winning team has relied on sailing instruments from B&G,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO of Navico.

Simrad GO9 XSE (Photo: Simrad)

Simrad Releases GO9 XSE

The Simrad GO9 XSE is the latest addition to the GO Series systems. Packed full of features, it has intuitive, multi-touch controls that smartphone and tablet users will instantly find familiar and easy to use. Boaters can view charts, add waypoints and see key information on a large 9-inch screen. Additionally, the GO9 XSE is fully compatible with Simrad Broadband 3G/4G Radar systems, SiriusXM weather/radio (U.S. Only) and features an internal 10 Hz GPS receiver, StructureScan HD and CHIRP Sonar for excellent fishfinding…

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Simrad Debuts New Autopilot Range

Designed for powerboats and sport-fishing vessels, the new Simrad autopilot range features increased accuracy, easier commissioning, simple integration via NMEA 2000 networking, as well as adding Continuum Steering to the entire line of Simrad autopilots — a new technology that delivers even more responsive and reliable steering, according to the manufacturer. Powered by the NAC-2 (up to 35-foot vessels) or NAC-3 (over 35-foot vessels) autopilot computer, which can drive inboard and outboard engines, this new range of autopilot products is a major development for Simrad.

Lowrance HOOK-4 fishfinderchartplotter, with powerful CHIRP and DownScan Imaging features, will be offered as exclusive navigation option on all 2017 Crest I, Crest II, Crest II Fish and Crest II Select boats. Photo Simrad

Simrad, Crest Pontoons Ink Partnership Deal

In an exclusive partnership with Crest Pontoons, Simrad GO5 XSEmultifunction displays will be offered as the standard navigation system on all 2017 Caliber, Classic, Caribbean, Continental and Savannah boats. Loaded with today’s latest boating technologies, the Simrad GO5 XSE features a super-bright multi-touch display, internal 10 Hz GPS receiver, StructureScan HD and CHIRP Sonar, autopilot integration/control, engine data monitoring, full audio entertainment integration with SonicHub 2…

Leif Ottosson (Photo: Navico)

Navico Under New Ownership

Navico – a provider of marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and GoFree brands – announced that Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and Altor Fund IV have partnered and signed an agreement to acquire Navico from the Altor 2003 Fund. Navico is an innovative force within the recreational and commercial marine electronics market and has a rich history of investment in research and development. In the last two years, the company developed such technologies as the HALOTM Pulse Compression Radar technology…

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Simrad, B&G Introduce Network Diagnostic Software

Simrad and B&G have announced the Network Analyzer and Service Assistant available for all Zeus2 and Zeus2 Glass Helm multifunction displays, and Vulcan chartplotters, NSS evo2, NSO evo2, and GO multifunction displays with GoFree connectivity. Available in the latest Simrad and B&G software downloads, users will now be notified of system software updates no matter how far offshore they are as long as they have wireless connection with the Network Analyzer. The new Service Assistant…

ZC2 Remote Controller Simplifies Chartplotter Navigation

B&G, a sailing navigation and instrument specialist, has announced  the launch of the new ZC2 Remote Controller for intuitive command of on-screen navigation on Zeus2 series multifunction displays. The B&G ZC2 Remote Controller centralizes navigational functions in multi-display environments. Featuring a multi-axis control rotary dial with up/down/left/right, rotate clockwise/counter-clockwise and press-to-enter capabilities, as well as a keypad and a dedicated button that cycles quickly through the available displays, the ZC2 is specifically designed to operate the latest functions on the Zeus2 family of screens.

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Simrad Launches Navigational Interface TripInte

Recently launched with a free software upgrade, Simrad TripIntel navigational interface provides NSS evo2, NSO evo2 and GO7 users with an easy to use and interpret graphical presentation of real-time vital statistics and range data. Simrad TripIntel consists of a Cruise Performance Indicator and History tab, which offer users valuable at-a-glance insight that can improve safety, reduce costs and maximize performance. Estimated fuel range, total distance travelled, route taken…

B&G Introduces Vulcan F7 Sailing Chartplotter

Expandable Multi-Touch Display Offers Easy Electronic Navigation With ForwardScanTM Sonar Capabilities. B&G, the world’s leading sailing navigation and instrument specialist, announced today the release of the new enhanced Vulcan 7 FS chartplotter. B&G’s entry-level multi-touch sailing chartplotter now includes ForwardScanTM forward-looking sonar capabilities. The Vulcan 7 FS is equipped with a 7-inch multi-touch screen with pinch-to-zoom capabilities. The unit’s intuitive menus allow sailors to quickly select options for fast and easy navigation.

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B&G Gives Racers New Startline Functionality

Sailing navigation and instrument specialist B&G announced its latest software update for the Zeus2 series of multifunctional displays (MFD) and Glass Helm systems. The software update introduces a new Race Panel menu screen to the Zeus2 display, offering easy access to a selection of powerful sail racing features. Featuring four modes that provide sailors with multiple display choices, Race Panel includes: Race Timer, the “What if?” function, H5000-style Startline data and Deckman-style Startline scaled view.

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Simrad Brings a New Dimension to Soanar

Simrad announced the December 2015 launch of StructureScan 3D, which gives boaters and fishermen a unique three-dimensional underwater view of the ocean floor, its structures and fish suspended in the water. Simrad StructureScan 3D allows boaters to see fish, underwater structure and bottom contours in a three-dimensional display on the NSS and NSO evo2 navigational systems. StructureScan 3D imaging quickly scans underwater terrain to create high-resolution, 180-degree super-wide, three-dimensional views – in depths to 300 feet and as far as 600 feet port and starboard.

GoFree Hooked fishing app.

GoFree Develops GoFree Hooked

GoFree – the provider of digital content and services and part of the Navico family of marine electronics brands including Lowrance, Simrad and B&G – announced today the development and release for Beta testing of new fishing app – GoFree Hooked. GoFree Hooked app for iOS is a mobile tracking solution for anglers, with the capability to record and share every fishing trip – whether from a boat or the shore. GoFree Hooked automatically saves the time, location and navigation track of each outing.

Greatly improved for 2015, Lake Insight® and Nautic Insight® cartography packages are each available in three versions PRO, HD East and HD West.

GoFree Debuts Lake Insight & Nautic Insight Cartography

GoFree – the provider of digital content and services, and part of the Navico family of marine electronics brands including Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G – announced today the release of six updated mapping products for use in both inland and coastal U.S. waters. Greatly improved for 2015, Lake Insight® and Nautic Insight® cartography packages are each available in three versions: PRO, HD East and HD West. Delivering high-quality maps for the lower 48 United States including the Great Lakes…

the standalone multi-touch chartplotter and echo sounder—GO7

Simrad Debuts GO7 Multi-touch Display

Simrad Yachting announced today the release of the GO7 standalone multi-touch chartplotter and echo sounder. Offering boaters an affordable option for electronic navigation, the feature-packed GO7 is an ideal fit for RIBs, runabouts and cruisers, providing quick and easy access to the vital information boaters require to safely maximize their time on the water. The highly customizable user interface allows boaters to easily navigate through displays – even in the toughest offshore conditions.

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Lowrance Updates Software for HDS Displays

Lowrance released new software updates for its Lowrance High Definition System (HDS) Gen2 Touch and HDS Gen3 multifunction displays. The newest releases are version 4.5 for HDS Gen2 Touch and version 2.0 for the HDS Gen3. They provide users with features including Outboard Pilot control, C-MAP MAX-N+ 2015 compatibility and Power-Pole integration. Bringing new functionality to HDS Gen3 users, the updated software leverages built-in Bluetooth wireless technology to allow for control of Power-Pole shallow-water anchors, as well as the all-electric MICRO Anchor products.