With the upcoming Yachts Miami Beach, and the International Miami Boat Show, “boat show season,” is in full swing. That means not only will the big boat shows be showcasing the newest yacht and superyacht models, but also the latest and greatest in marine tech. Here is a look at what’s new in marine gear and gadgets for 2017.  [Source: BoatUS Magazine]

Sound on the Go – The Fusion StereoActive is a Bluetooth speaker, that like most, allows you to get big sound from your phone or other Bluetooth enabled devices. However, what is unique about it, is it is totally ruggedized and waterproof, making it ideal to take along on your water toys or tender!

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Image Courtesy Fusion

Radars – Both Garmin and Furuno have added some innovative radars to their lines. Furono has been promoting its 6-kilowatt DRS6AX X-class “Fast Tracking” radar, and Garmin has introduced both a new 18-inch and 24-inch dome into its GMR Fantom radar line.

The Furono DRS6AX

The Furono DRS6AX

 

GPS – Garmin is flush with new products and upgrades for 2017! They have also expanded their extremely popular GPSMAPS line, introducing two new models, the GPSMAP 7×2/9x2m and the GPSMAP 10×2/12×2, which both come as touch-screen chartplotter, or combo units.

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Monitoring and Mobile Apps – When you think of boat shows and Mercury Marine, engines are probably what come first to mind, and not marine electronics. But the popular outboard maker, is tossing its net into these waters with its VesselView Mobile app. The app allows you to remotely monitor a number of system conditions from fuel management to fault codes.

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Night Vision – One of the best known names in night vision and thermal imaging technology is FLIR. New this year FLIR, has introduced its handheld night vision imager, the Ocean Scout. This affordable monocular lets you see a person in the water in complete darkness at more than 1,000 feet. It’s also IP-67 submersible, has an internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and warms up in just 1.5 seconds.

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Radio and CommunicationsIcom has been making the rounds with what it claims to be “the world’s slimmest floating handheld VHF radio. The IC-M93D has digital selective calling, is less than 2 inches deep and weighs only 11 ounces.  Once again, Garmin shows up on the list with two new in-console VHF radios, the VHF 110 and VHF 210.

The Icom IC-M93D

The Icom IC-M93D

  

On Demand Yachting and Your Gear and Gadgets

Yachting gear and electronics change almost as rapidly as their land-bound counter parts. One way to keep up with the latest technology and upgrades available is through On Demand Yachting.

Getting to know the best gear and gadgets to enhance your yachting experience is only one small way that our On Demand Yachting solution removes all of the hassles of yacht ownership.

As an On Demand client, not only will we always be available to advise you on the equipment you need, we will make sure that every piece of gear, and every system on board is well-maintained and operating at peak performance, before, during and after every voyage!

Garmin VHF Radios

Garmin VHF Radios

 

 

Operating a motor yacht can be costly. You can reduce your expenses, and avoid costly repairs by keeping her well maintained. On Demand yachting from FYM can help. If you would like to learn more, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Yacht Management specialists, or call us at (954) 900-9968.