If you’re thinking about buying new electronics for your boat, either as part of a new vessel or as an upgrade on your existing one, you’ll want to take a look at this review of some of the best from NMEA Boater. It lists the winner and four other finalists for the National Marine Electronics Association Technology Award in 2019, and it’s certainly a good place to start. It has the manufacturers’ own descriptions of their entries.
The overall winner was Raymarine/FLIR ClearCruise (pictured above). The entry says it “is an industry-first navigation technology that brings leading-edge Augmented Reality to Raymarine’s family of Axiom multifunction displays. Using HD video and advanced image stabilization technology, Raymarine ClearCruise AR helps captains make smarter and faster navigation decisions with visual overlays of nearby navigation aids, AIS traffic, and destination waypoints.”
The Shakespeare Stream “wireless booster brings you internet dockside, at anchor and underway. Take advantage of your existing cellular devices and unlimited plans to bring internet onto your boat.”
Orolia Maritime M-SecureSync protects navigation signals to your boat, keeping them safe from cyber attack. It is “the first solution that tackles RF cyber security protecting GNSS, which is critical to numerous position, navigation and timing applications.”
Seatronx V-Series “displays feature superior clear image quality with a clean, sleek design. The V-Series has nine inputs that eliminate the need for additional switching systems. Now you can view cameras, vessel monitoring, navigation, communication computers and black box systems from Garmin and Furuno on each display.”
Nobeltec TZ Professional V4 is a combination of a multi-beam sonar with a high-res oceanographic forecast that “allows you to go directly to the area with the best fishing potential. The bathymetric mapping capacity allows you to make and record your own seabed maps and see them live, or review them later in 2D and 3D views.” Read more: