Marine Electronics

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AIRMAR Hires Vlad as Marine Product Line Manager

Ultrasonic sonar and Chirp technology company AIRMAR Technology Corporation has hired Brian Vlad as Marine Product Line Manager. Vlad will focus on the direction and evolution of Airmar’s line of marine products, and joins with over 20 years of marine electronics experience, primarily in product development and line management.Vlad comes to Airmar following a lengthy career at Raymarine where he managed over 30 product introductions. In the role of Airmar’s Marine PLM, Vlad will…

Marine Electronics: New Display Aims to Simplify Ship Docking

Raytheon Anschütz is introducing a new “Docking Display” as an optional feature for the Conning NX navigational ship software.The Docking Display provides a navigator an overview of ship data at a glance and a chart window to facilitate docking. It is designed using Conning NX “widgets” that can be adapted and combined, as needed.“Operators will experience a never before possible situational awareness of the ship, its condition and influencing parameters in the docking maneuver,” said Jörg Schütt, Product Manager at Raytheon Anschütz.

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Vesper Marine Begins Shipping New VHF Radio

Marine electronics manufacturer Vesper Marine announced its new VHF radio Cortex has completed certification requirements and has started shipping to distributors in late July.Cortex is the world’s first marine VHF radio with wireless touchscreen handsets, built-in Class B SOTDMA smartAIS transponder and remote vessel monitoring and is available through Vesper Marine’s network of distributors and dealers.“With the intention of completely changing the paradigm of on board VHF communications…

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GOST Hires Ryan as Global Sales Manager

GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies) announced that Sean Ryan, who was recently brought in as an outside sales representative, has been promoted to the role of Global Sales Manager. Ryan’s responsibilities include guiding the sales and marketing teams to execute GOST’s long-term strategies to generate new partnerships, while continuing to service existing customers for a more fluid and efficient client experience, both in the U.S. and abroad.Based in Delray Beach, Fla., Ryan comes to GOST with over 16 years of relevant experience in customer service and technical sales…

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Furuno Launches Compact Satellite Compasses

Furuno has introduced two new compact Satellite Compasses.The SCX20 and SCX21 have added Baseline Target Architecture for multipath mitigation, accuracy. The four-antenna array of the SCX20 and SCX21 Satellite Compasses are configured in a manner that creates six unique baselines from which to calculate accurate heading information, even in severe environments.Satellite Compasses traditionally utilize a two- or three-antenna configuration that allows for a single baseline of data, which can present performance challenges on some vessels due to multipath interference caused by signal blockage.

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KVH Introduces TracVision UHD7

KVH Industries has introduced the TracVision UHD7, a high-performance 60 cm (24 inch) marine satellite TV antenna designed to provide boat owners, charter yacht guests, and commercial vessel crews with access to ultra high-definition (UHD) and 4K programming from DIRECTV as well as regular HD programming from other leading satellite TV providers. The system is on display at the Fort Lauderdale (FL) International Boat Show, October 30-November 3, in Booth 328.Designed for ease of installation and use…

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Vesper Marine Announces Cortex

Vesper Marine, a manufacturer of innovative marine electronics, announced the release of Cortex,  what the company said is the world’s first marine VHF radio with wireless touchscreen handsets, built-in Class B SOTDMA smartAIS transponder and remote vessel monitoring. “Innovation in AIS technology, touchscreen devices and vessel monitoring has skyrocketed in recent years, but marine VHF hasn’t kept pace and remains an anachronism,” said Jeff Robbins, CEO, Vesper Marine. “Cortex…

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The Relationship Between Marine Electronics and Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is becoming more prominent throughout marine electronics. Its uses range from allowing the leisure boat user to access internet-based entertainment, through to enabling commercial ship operators to monitor navigational data away from the ship.Wi-Fi itself was invented and released to consumers in 1997 and allowed two megabytes per second of data to be transferred wirelessly between devices. Over its 22-year history, Wi-Fi has developed in many ways. We are now in the age of Wi-Fi 6…

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.

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Miami-Based Shipyard Adds Electronic Systems Division

Florida shipyard RMK Merrill-Stevens is adding a new Electronic Systems Division to the company.To lead the new business the company hired David Gratton, a new RMK Merrill-Stevens employee with experience in the electronics industry. Gratton’s career in electronics began in 1980 upon entering the U.S. Air Force. Gratton later worked on the environmental testing of NASA components for Teledyne Systems Company. Gratton has specialized in navigation, communications, and audio-visual, IT/networking, and PLC systems for commercial and recreational vessels.

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KVH VSAT Shipping Reaches Milestone

KVH Industries shipped its 9,000th mini-Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) Broadband system."The milestone highlights KVH’s position as a maritime VSAT market share leader providing satellite broadband connectivity to vessels around the world," said a press release from the US-based manufacturer of mobile satellite communications solutions.KVH’s TracPhone V-series antenna systems are designed to provide satellite broadband connectivity to commercial and personal vessels globally…

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RMK Merrill-Stevens introduces electronics division.

The refit on the Miami River continues as RMK Merrill-Stevens Shipyard (RMKMS) introduces a marine electronics service and sales division led by David Gratton, past chairman of National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). Gratton is an expert outfitting megayachts with complete electronics systems, having serviced and installed equipment on thousands of vessels with Martek of Palm Beach, which closed in 2018. During his tenure at Martek and on NMEA’s board, Gratton pioneered…

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Navico Launches Nautical Navigation App

marine electronics manufacturer Navico has launched C-MAP Embark, a nautical navigation app designed to refresh the planning, cruising and fishing experience with a clear aim in mind — to make it simpler.C-MAP Embark is powered by map data from official hydrographic offices. This data is continuously updated and augmented from thousands of data sources to help complete gaps in coastal and inland water bodies, providing C-MAP Embark users with exceptional clarity where it matters most.

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NavPod Unveils New Electronics Protection Line

NavPod, a manufacturer of waterproof housings for marine electronics, has announced an all new product line – the PedestalPod 70 Degree. The new line is specifically designed for protection of marine electronics on the bow of sportfishing boats.PedestalPods are better than bracket mounting and position electronic displays 12-inches above the deck at an ideal 70-degree viewing angle. The tough and rugged, black powder coated 4-inch aluminum pedestal base is designed to accommodate the latest trend towards larger 12- and 16-inch displays.

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MARCOM Opens Florida Service Center

With the recent opening of its new service station in Florida, Trinidad & Tobago based MARCOM says it is ready to expand service assistance and faster coordination of spare parts to customers whose vessels call ports in the Caribbean, Central and South America and the Southeastern U.S.MARCOM was  founded  in 2004 by a team of marine electronic engineers, legal advisers, economists and master mariners who came together to offer sales and services to the marine electronics industry.

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Navico and C-MAP Announce Merger

Navico – manufacturer of marine electronics and C-MAP – supplier of digital navigation products to the recreational and commercial marine market – announced that they have merged. Effective immediately, C-MAP will become another powerful brand in the Navico portfolio -- alongside Lowrance, Simrad and B&G.The merger will accelerate the companies’ shared ambition to create the world’s biggest digital marine ecosystem and deliver the best experiences for customers around the world.

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Marine Electronics: ComNav P4 Autopilot

ComNav has launched the new P4 Autopilot, an adaptive autopilot system designed for all vessel types.Featuring a large 5.7” display, the ComNav P4 autopilot was built for effortless operation and intuitive control with easily accessible, customizable parameters for commercial fleets, fishing boats, yachts, and tugs. The P4 is equipped with ComNav’s Intelligent Steering Technology or ‘IST’.The P4 has automatic Sea State adjustment for course holding in all weather conditions. With proportional rate control, the unit supplies a smooth response at fast cruising speeds.

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FLIR Introduces Raymarine Axiom XL Multifunction Displays

Today, FLIR Systems, Inc. announced the introduction of the Raymarine Axiom XL line of multifunction displays (MFDs) and the immediate availability of two Axiom XL models. Designed for premium yachts and glass bridge installations, Axiom XL displays offer the largest size in the Axiom family. Engineered to perform in extreme marine conditions, the Axiom XL family is fully waterproof and can be installed in both open cockpits and enclosed bridge stations. Each model uses in-plane switching (IPS) and Raymarine’s optical bonding display technology to deliver wider viewing angles…

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Marine Electronics Heist Thwarted

GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies), a provider of marine security, tracking, monitoring and video surveillance systems, announced that its GOST NT-Evolution 2.0 security system was instrumental in thwarting an attempted electronics theft off of a 39-foot Invincible in West Palm Beach, Fla.The GOST NT-Evolution 2.0’s sensors tripped the moment the thieves stepped onboard, triggering the system’s siren and strobe and alerting the customer of the attempted intrusion via automated call, text and email.