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Garmin, Raymarine, and Simrad enclosed radars compared, part 2

Part 1 of my radar comparison generated a good discussion about the results and highlighted some opportunities to get back out on the water and complete some additional testing. I’m back with part 2 and the results of that additional testing. I’ve been able to test some additional scenarios, different settings, and more features of all three radars.

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Enclosed radars compared, including Garmin, Raymarine, and Simrad

I often shy away from recommending one manufacturer’s products over another. I feel the comparison is usually highly subjective and what works for me may not work for others. But, an on-the-water comparison of Garmin, Raymarine, and Simrad’s current radar units allows all of us to see the results and decide for ourselves what we like best.

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How do you test three radars on a 22-foot boat?

Things in Fort Myers are starting to get back to normal after hurricane Ian. For me, that means getting back out on the water and testing marine electronics. One of my first post-hurricane on-the-water tests will be comparing the current crop of solid-state, enclosed dome radar units. I’ve planned this comparison test for an embarrassingly long time. But I haven’t been able to figure out how to mount all three units on my 22-foot test boat.

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Furuno FR10 And FR12 Radar Displays Prove Standalone Electronics Are Alive And Well!

With the lion’s share of industry attention focused on Multi Function Displays (MFDs), standalone electronics often take a back seat in the press. However, Furuno knows that standalone Radars still have their place, especially on commercial vessels. With that in mind, Furuno has unveiled a new series of standalone Radar Displays with options tailored to meet the needs of nearly any vessel. The 10.4″ FR10 and 12.1″ FR12 Radars are designed for use with Furuno’s award-winning…

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New Simrad HALO 2000 & HALO 3000 Radars Debut Featuring Improved Performance and Higher Power

Simrad Yachting unveiled two of its new high-performance radar products this week with the Simrad HALO 2000 and HALO 3000 now available to customers around the world. The HALO 2000, starting at $6,399, and HALO 3000, starting at $8,499, both feature higher power pulse compression and improved detection ranges to offer the most powerful Simrad HALO radars on the market. Other key integrations like Bird+ Mode, ZoneTrack and support for Dangerous Target Alerts provide…

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SI-TEX Marine Electronics Releases New Polaris Charts

SI-TEX Marine Electronics today announced the official release of new POLARIS Charts, a content- and feature-rich vector cartography platform developed by sister company AvMap Srl exclusively for the company’s popular NavPro Series MFDs. POLARIS Charts covering the entire United States now come bundled with SI-TEX’s NavPro 900C/F and NavPro 1200C/F MFDs at no additional cost, providing powerful, yet affordable navigation, fish finding and radar functionalities for a wide range of boats. These units combine powerful chart plotting, built-in CHIRP sonar, and Wi-Fi radar capability in one convenient and easy-to-use package.

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SIONYX Launches Nightwave, Making Night as Clear as Day

SIONYX, a leader in digital color night vision technology, announces the launch of Nightwave, the first-of-its-kind marine camera system. Built around the brand’s proprietary Black Silicon BSI CMOS sensor, Nightwave allows mariners to navigate safely by easily spotting hazards and debris in moonless starlight without additional illumination, maximizing time on the water…

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Digital Yacht launch GPS160F for legacy Furuno products

Digital Yacht have introduced a new version of the GPS160 which is a simple replacement for older Furuno plotter and GPS systems.  Devices like the Furuno GP32, Navnet and GPS310/320 utilise a specific format for GPS data and this new sensor emulates that for essential compatibility.  Some of these older GPS sensors have suffered from technical issues with the GPS system roll over changes which can render a chart plotter becoming useless without a working GPS input.  The GPS160F provides an economical and reliable solution to these problems…

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Simrad NSX, an impressive debut of Navico’s next-generation platform

The Simrad NSX may be a value-oriented chart plotter in Simrad’s lineup but “value model” doesn’t tell the story of how important NSX is to Simrad’s, and Navico’s, future. NSX is the first MFD running on Navico’s Neon operating system. I’ve been using an NSX in Panbo(at) for the last several months and I’m pleased to report NSX is an upgrade from the Simrad Go it replaced in nearly every dimension. If this is Navico’s future, the future is bright.

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Garmin bolsters award-winning Reactor marine autopilot series with new GHC 50

Garmin International, Inc. today announced the GHC 50, a bright 5-inch touchscreen autopilot display designed for easier control and readability of its award-winning GHP Reactor autopilots. With a premium industrial design and edge-to-edge glass display, the GHC 50 seamlessly integrates with Garmin multifunction displays (MFDs) to create a sleek and stunning look for any helm…