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Chris Grech

Chris Grech is the Product Editor for Allcoast Media. products@noreast.com

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May 28, 2014

NavPlay App

by Chris Grech

NavPlay recently released their new iPad-based navigation app, allowing anglers to plan routes, share their trips through social media, and more with the swipe of a finger. A complete, easy-to-use navigation app for iPads, NavPlay allows boaters to plan routes and navigate on C-Map by Jeppesen charts and satellite imagery. The innovative product provides access to a wealth of WiFi-networked vessel information and control such as instruments readings, weather forecasts, autopilot operation, alarms, and AIS details for collision avoidance, to name a few. A powerful and robust vessel control application, NavPlay provides the tools needed to manage many aspects of boating and serves as a vehicle for boaters to share details right from their iPad. Designed for sail and motor driven boats from 24 to 55 feet, NavPlay allows users to plan and design routes in advance of excursions with the innovative Draw Route feature; simply swiping a finger on the iPad screen automatically creates a full route complete with waypoints. Routes can be quickly and easily modified, and saved for future trips. NavPlay also automatically downloads Jeppesen weather forecast data to aid in route planning. While underway, the app gives boaters full control from an iPad. Easy-to-read navigation charts display a boat's position and customizable gauges provide real-time data in analog or digital formats in a choice of high-contrast and low-light screens. One of the few apps on the market that allow for full autopilot control, NavPlay automatically sends commands to a vessel's autopilot to maintain course, plus a virtual pilot knob allows boaters to change direction and path manually. NavPlay also allows boaters to quickly create customized bridges that display the data they need in the format they want for any boating situation. There is virtually no limit to the number of custom screens that can be saved and the app can be used in both portrait and landscape orientations to maximize configuration preferences. NavPlay is compatible with Apple iPad2, iPad3, iPad4, iPad mini and iPad Air models with WiFi running iOS 6.0 or greater. C-Map by Jeppesen C-Map charts are not included. User may purchase charts from NavPlay using the Jeppesen Marine tool located in the Service section of the NavPlay app or directly from the App store. NavPlay includes a worldwide vector background map to ensure usability when users do not have add-on mapping. Satellite images are only available while connected to the Internet.

$4.99
www.navplay.com

April 22, 2014

Simrad ForwardScan Sonar

by Chris Grech

Simrad recently announced its new ForwardScan forward-looking echosounder transducer. What makes this different than traditional sonar showing boaters only where they have been, the new technology provides a clear image on a Simrad multifunction display of the water column and ocean floor in front of the boat. This enables Captains to be alerted of potential dangers while offering complete navigation confidence and added peace of mind in unfamiliar waters. The Simrad ForwardScan transducer can be fitted on almost any kind of vessel allowing boaters to see what obstruction may be approaching. With an effective range of eight times the actual depth and a built-in user configurable shallow depth alarm, Simrad ForwardScan integrates seamlessly with other collision avoiding technologies including Broadband Radar and ensures Captains avoid costly navigation mistakes. The advanced sounder technology is compatible with the SonarHub sounder module, and Simrad NSS evo2 and NSO evo2 series navigation systems. ForwardScan images can also be viewed on a smart phone and viewed and operated from a tablet on vessels equipped with the Simrad GoFree WiFi solution.The Simrad ForwardScan sonar has a two-year limited parts and labor warranty and is protected by the Simrad Advantage Service Program.

$699
www.simrad-yachting.com


December 17, 2013

B&G V50 VHF & H50 Wireless Handset

by Chris Grech

Class D compliant for global use, the new B&G V50 VHF offers an integrated dual channel AIS receiver, allowing AIS reception and VHF use via just one antenna. In areas such as busy shipping lanes or bustling harbors, the V50 gives captains the ability to see, hear and be heard for increased safety. Plug and play compatible with Zeus Touch, the B&G V50 will display other vessels' distress calls on the chartplotter screen. The V50 AIS/VHF radio has dedicated weather, menu and channel keys, separate volume and squelch knobs, and a Distress button, an ergonomic fist microphone, selectable Dual and TriWatch modes and a large internal speaker for clear audio. Waterproof to the JIS-7 standard, the V50's additional features include the ability store up to 20 contacts with MMSI details directly onto the VHF and TrackYourBuddy™, which connects VHF DSC position polling with the Zeus and Zeus Touch to show the location of up to three captains on the chart display. Designed as a powerful and compact handheld solution, the innovative H50 remote handset is the perfect companion for the V50. Waterproof to the IPx7 standard, the H50 is energy efficient and always ready to use. The unit has an 8-hour battery life and charges wirelessly via a unique induction plate on the back of the device. The B&G H50 has an impressive range from the VHF base and can act as an intercom between another H50 unit or the V50 base station for seamless crew to navigator communication. Perfect for hands-free use the H50 also has a headphone jack and a belt clip.

V50 - $399
H50 Handset - $169


December 24, 2012

Lowrance Elite-7 Fishfinder/Charplotter

by Chris Grech

Lowrance has recently announced an exciting addition to its Elite fishfinder/chartplotter family, the Elite-7 Hybrid Dual Imaging (HDI) series. The Elite-7 models feature a 7-inch, widescreen color display that is 70-percent larger than comparably priced 5-inch products, allowing anglers to see more sonar history and more detail in split-screen mode. Its fishfinder capability also feature Hybrid Dual Imaging (HDI), which combines two award-winning technologies, Broadband Sounder and Downscan Imaging, to provide the best possible view of the water column.

To maximize fishing time on the water, signature Lowrance Advanced Signal Processing (ASP) reduces the need to manually adjust settings to see fish, structure and bottom detail more clearly. In addition, TrackBack allows anglers to scroll back in recorded sonar history to review structure or fish targets. When used on an Elite-7 model with chartplotter capabilities, users can also TrackBack and pinpoint locations with a waypoint, eliminating the need to circle back and retrace the path.

$449 to $869, depending on model
lowrance.com

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