In 2016, the lines between “marine” electronics and “personal” electronics continue to blur as fishfinders, radars, and multifunction displays take technology and design cues from the smartphones and touch screens we use in our everyday lives. The electronics on our boats are becoming more connected to our personal devices and to the cloud, and the result is better performance, greater usability, and an incredible wealth of information at your fingertips every time you hit the water. If you haven’t upgraded your fishfinder in a few years, you’ll be blown away by what’s available and by the incredible technology that can be purchased today for a fraction of what it used to cost to consumers. Take advantage and make the most of your limited time on the water by making it safer and more productive.
$759 • raymarine.com
A 7-inch widescreen display combined with the CHIRP DownVision technology provides anglers with a photo-like view of what’s below the boat. Spray and submersion protection makes the Dragonfly 7 Pro ideal for open cockpit installations, and an intuitive user interface simplifies display choices and menu options.
C-MAP 4D MAX+ is the latest evolution of electronic charting technology, combining award-winning vector chart data with exclusive Dynamic Raster Charts and the ability to view charts in 2D or amazing 3D presentation with high-resolution satellite imagery. The 4D MAX+ is compatible with top chart plotter manufacturers including Furuno, Humminbird, Raymarine and Standard Horizon.
$99 to $949 • lowrance.com
Lowrance’s new Hook Series fishfinders represent a new approach to the basics, offering reliable technology that features loads of features without gimmicks. The series includes CHIRP sonar in 4-, 5-, 7-, and 9-inch displays, a 3-inch display with BroadBand Sounder, and a 3-inch DSI model with DownScan Imaging. All Hook models provide bright displays, easy-to-use interfaces, and multiple mounting options.
$1,699 to $2,299 • humminbird.com
The Helix 12 series includes four CHIRP models — SI (Side Imaging) GPS, DI (Down Imaging) GPS, sonar GPS and SI GPS KVD. All units boast 12.1-inch widescreen displays and built-in CHIRP sonar technology for increased target separation and reduced noise. In addition to providing pre-defined frequency bandwidths, the Helix 12 CHIRP also allows the user to select multiple bandwidth settings for full customization. The units are all networkable with Humminbird radar, autopilot, 360 Imaging and i-Pilot Link by Minn Kota.
$1,999 • raymarine.com
Engineered for serious offshore anglers, the CP570’s advanced CHIRP transceiver sees through dense schools of baitfish, identifies thermoclines, and simultaneously targets gamefish. Rated for rough offshore conditions, the CP570 filters noise while producing high-resolution targets and reliable bottom tracking to 10,000 feet via dual CHIRP-sonar capabilities and 4 kW output power. Two independent sonar channels deliver faster target identification on compatible Raymarine LightHouse II MFDs.
$299 • lowrance.com
Receive the benefits of greater fish-target separation and less interference for a more clutter-free display with CHIRP sonar, plus photo-like images of fish-holding structure on both sides of your boat with StructureScan HD, along with the same photo-like images directly beneath your boat with DownScan Imaging—all in one transducer. The Lowrance TotalScan Transducer reduces the number of separate transducers required to take full advantage of all the latest fishfinding features of Lowrance systems. The Lowrance TotalScan transducer offers additional versatility with multiple mounting options.
$129 • icomamerica.com
The M25 handheld VHF radio is a sleek, stylish unit with big features and long battery life. Although it’s compact, it has a large LCD display and easy-to-operate buttons. A built-in lithium-ion battery will typically provide up to 11 hours of operation and is charged through a micro-USB connector. If you happen to drop the fully-buoyant M25 overboard, the Float’n Flash feature lets you know where it is with a flashing red LED light.
$5,000 • simrad-yachting.com
Combining the best characteristics of traditional pulse and FMCW broadband radar systems, Simrad’s Halo Radar uses pulse compression technology to provide an unprecedented mix of long and short detection range, high target definition, and minimal clutter. Solid-state technology means minimal warm-up time and maximum ocean-going reliability, while low-power pulsed transmissions make the Halo Radar safe to run in anchorages and marinas.
$649 to $799 • simrad-yachting.com
The Simrad GO7 XSE is a powerful, full-featured standalone marine chartplotter/fishfinder packed into a compact, easy-to-use display. The GO7 XSE features a super-bright multi-touch display, internal 10 Hz GPS receiver, StructureScan HD and CHIRP sonar, autopilot integration/control, engine data monitoring, full audio entertainment integration with SonicHub 2, integrated wireless connectivity and the powerful, new Simrad TripIntel trip computer.
$149 • standardhorizon.com
The HX380 from Standard Horizon is a commercial-grade submersible handheld VHF packaged with a 1,600 mAh lithium-ion battery that provides up to 13 hours of use on a charge. It is factory programmed with all USA VHF marine channels and features a dedicated button for quick access to emergency channel 16 and hailing channel 9. A preset key allows quick access of up to 10 commonly used channels. A 110-volt AC and a 12-volt DC charger are standard.
Starting at $1,599 • raymarine.com
Setting a new standard for compact solid-state radar, Quantum delivers superior range resolution and target separation on both long and extremely short ranges. Integrated Wi-Fi simplifies installation plus Quantum’s energy efficient and lightweight design provides safe radiated emissions and substantially reduced power consumption.
$329 • simrad-yachting.com
SonicHub2 from Simrad upgrades the original SonicHub audio entertainment system to allow complete control from Simrad’s NSS evo2 and NSO evo2 MFDs and glass-helm systems. Features include Bluetooth audio streaming, a video output for playing files from a USB drive, dual USB ports for connecting and charging multiple devices, a 50W-by-4 amplifier and integrated support for Pandora internet radio via mobile device.
$3,499 • flir.com
FLIR Ocean Scout 640, the latest version of its powerful Ocean Scout line of handheld thermal maritime cameras, provides a thermal resolution of 640 x 512 and reveals the heat of vessels, buoys, floating debris, and persons in the water in total darkness at even greater distances, up to 1200 yards away.
$1,800 • furuno.com
With its 19-inch radome, the new Ultra High Definition radar from Furuno appears identical to its predecessor, the DRS2D, but a new transceiver inside boasts twice the power. This 4 kW radar features a 5.2-degree horizontal beamwidth antenna and automatic, real-time digital signal processing. The new design incorporates a convenient cable to connect to both power and the NavNet TZtouch or TZtouch2 networks.
$2899 • navnet.com
With a 12-inch multifunction display, an internal GPS antenna as well as an internal fishfinder, the NavNet TZtouch2 combines striking design with simple operation for a sonar/chartplotter combo that helps you stay on the fish.