XM NavWeather, via Humminbird
Check out the bigger image. That’s a new XM Satellite weather service called NavWeather that’s going to debut on a lot of Humminbird multifunction displays next January. I don’t fully understand what makes it different from the XM Satellite Weather many of us have seen on Garmin MFDs but there are some clues. The brief demo I saw and photographed at MAATS, for instance, shows NexRad radar with lightning and at least a bit of animation…which I think of as the most important elements of a live weather feed. Yet NavWeather is considerably less expensive than the current service, $10 a month with $15 activation fee and a $250 receiver. It also uses something the press release calls “Threat Matrix technology to track nationwide weather information for more than 20 different weather conditions,” and deliver appropriate alerts.
BUT NavWeather is quite out front about being a freshwater product “Not for in-shore or off-shore saltwater use.” So I assume that means no NOAA coastal forecasts, no wind and sea forecasts, and no sea temperature maps. Which is sort of odd, really, as I think any satellite weather system receives all the data coming from the birds regardless of position. A skeptic might presume that NavWeather is designed to bring in new price conscious subscribers—lake fishermen—while not cannibalizing the existing saltwater market. Time will tell.
Humminbird has also announced “the first and only marine GPS+WAAS receiver to provide position accuracy to less than one meter without the need to purchase supporting equipment.” I have no idea how that’s possible, but I’m curious. And, finally, I’m pleased to report that Dan Corcoran—aka