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Best underwater boat lighting for 2020

Last week we ventured into one aspect of onboard entertainment—high-performing audio systems. This week it’s products that also qualify as entertainment but for many boaters do double duty as fish attractors and safety/security devices as well. We’re talking about underwater LEDs that can do some pretty entertaining tricks—like change colors and sequencing patterns and sync with your music.

Here are five systems that are this year’s pick of the litter. The roundup is part of an exercise we do at Marine Electronics Journal every year—we call it the Best & Brightest Boating Electronics. We ask manufacturers to tell us which model in 19 categories of marine electronics products they consider to be their best—not necessarily the most advanced or latest but the one than delivers the highest marks overall. That could be their most popular model or the one that has passed the test of time. Our product categories range from fishfinders and radars to electronic charts and wireless devices.

Lumishore TIX1603

Lumishore’s EOS thru-hull lighting systems offer high-performance full-spectrum underwater lighting. The interchangeable TIX1603 has an internal driver and can be serviced from inside the hull without hauling the vessel. It features an ultra-wide 110-degree beam angle and a brightness output of 15,500 verified fixture lumens. Boaters can control their TIX1603 lighting system with the intuitive STV 2204-I display and/or directly from their MFD, using the (required) Lumi-Link Command Center. Features include preset and customizable colors, cycles, speeds, sweeps, modes, and brightness adjust; Sound-to-Light integration with onboard sound system; Wi-Fi control via Apple, Android, or any device with web browser; preprogramed synchronized light sequencing (all lights, all colors, all modes); and auto light discovery and set up.



Clearwater, FL, July 6, 2020 – Lose The Cord is excited to be a new member of the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) network. The NMEA is committed to enhancing the technology and safety of marine electronics through installer training and interface standards. NMEA members promote professionalism within the marine electronics industry and provide access to the highest quality marine electronics products for your boating needs.

"Being a part of national organizations like NMEA is pivotal in connecting boaters to the needed gap in internet coverage. Partnerships like this help organizations like ours to offer premium internet solutions for those that directly need a stable and secure internet connection while aboard. Over the last few months, we have seen a dramatic increase in a need for solutions that could be mobile for those who have transitioned to working from home or online learning. We are excited for our new membership and look forward to offering our solution nationally.” said Paul Zoz, President & CEO of Lose The Cord.
YouTubers, Duca and Roberta, of Odd Life Crafting and Xantrex are hosting a YouTube and Facebook Live session on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at 2 PM PST / 5 PM EST. Duca and Roberta will be discussing the topic of onboard power in the marine space with Xantrex specialists, Don Wilson and Wesley Shuen. They will be taking live questions from viewers and answering questions posted on their channels. You are invited to ask questions prior to the livestream on Odd Life Crafting’s YouTube teaser video ( As well, questions can be submitted using Xantrex’s Facebook post found at ( and Xantrex’s Twitter account ( Questions can also be asked during the Live session, but to ensure the highest chance of response, please ask your questions in advance to any of the mentioned channels. This live Q&A is a great chance to get your questions answered by industry veterans. Dealers, installers, and end-users alike will benefit. A recording of the Q&A will also be available online after the LIVE session.

Digital Boat Switching Systems

Capt. Arik Bergerman faced 6- to 8-foot seas at the wheel of his Yellowfin Carbon 39 as it rocketed across the wave tops from Key West, Florida, toward a wreck near the Dry Tortugas, 88 miles away, in a no-holds-barred effort to win the Stock Island Village Marina King Mackerel Tournament in January 2016. But suddenly, the run came to a halt as Bergerman pulled back the throttles in response to an alert on one of the multifunction displays.