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As we mentioned last week, the 2020 Miami International Boat Show (MIBS) was not a huge year for introductions of cutting-edge new electronics. There were a few worthy new products that we told you about then—and here are several more noteworthy rollouts we thought you’d like to know about.

Quelling the roll

MIBS 2020 apparently was the year of the stabilizer gyro. Last week we told you about a demo ride aboard a center console fitted with the new Seakeeper 1 gyro that is tailored for boats as small as 23 feet. Also in the game to reduce vessel roll is QuickUSA, which displayed its MC2 series of stabilizers at the boat show. The gyros are designed to fit vessels from 23 to 130 feet and weighing from five to 200 tons.

QuickUSA claims better performance compared to the competition, arguing that most gyros spin around a vertical axis while MC2 gyros spin horizontally, which the company says drastically reduces heat buildup, eliminating the need for water cooling and "vacuum processing.” 

Seakeeper gyro stabilizers operate in a vacuum-sealed container, which the company says "enables the flywheel to spin roughly three times faster, cuts flywheel weight by two-thirds and halves power requirements”—and that its "patented cooling system enables the flywheel to spin at high speeds inside of the vacuum containment.”

Blast out those sounds

Garmin showed off its Fusion-branded Signature Series 3 marine speakers and subwoofers with LED lighting that deliver a wide spectrum of color variations. The lighting combines traditional red, green and blue LEDs with cool and warm white (CRGBW) for a color palette from pastels to vibrant hues There’s also a new 12-inch subwoofer that delivers 1600 watts of peak power. 

You can control the color—static or dynamic, brightness, light mode and speed—from the multi-function display via Garmin OneHelm (a lighting partner controller is required) or with the new optional CRGBW wireless remote control. The remote’s color-select wheel allows you to choose options from a wide range of color blends. The speakers come in 6.5-, 7.7- and 8.8-inch speaker sizes and 12- or 10-inch subwoofer sizes.

Also in the sound department, marine audio products manufacturer Poly-Planar displayed its Ocean Series of high-performance 6.5- and 8-inch speakers. The low-profile, waterproof (IPX6 rated) blue LED-lit coaxial speakers feature a high power, long-excursion woofer with a 35mm voice coil. The 6.5-inch speakers are peak power rated at 480 watts per pair and the 8-inch speakers at 500 watts per pair. 

Radar/MFD Wi-Fi integration

SI-TEX Marine Electronics introduced a new Wi-Fi radar system for use with its NavPro Series of MFDs. The high-resolution digital radar adds advanced features, functionality and performance to its 9-inch NavPro 900 and 12-inch NavPro 1200 chartplotters.

According to SI-TEX, Wi-Fi integration with the advanced NavPro Series makes it easy to install and rig the 4kW, 24-inch radome radar on just about any vessel. By wirelessly syncing the SI-TEX MDS-12 network radome to a NavPro unit, you can turn these MFDs into powerful 36-nautical-mile-range radars that deliver excellent target resolution and pro-grade features. 

The NavPro Series delivers precision navigation using an internal 10Hz GPS/GLONASS receiver (with external GPS option) along with C-MAP 4D cartography. It is also available with a choice of black box or integrated CHIRP sonar available in 46-65kHz, 100-140kHz or 180-200kHz frequency ranges for fish finding.

The MFDs utilize SI-TEX’s Hybrid Touch Control for operation using either the touchscreen display or a combination of hard keys, four-directional pad or rotary knob. An app enables compatible mobile devices to serve as remote displays or remote controls for operating the MFD. 

Sat weather/audio receiver

Navico’s new WM-4 marine satellite receiver for use with SiriusXM delivers weather and fishing information to Lowrance HDS Live and HDS Carbon, Simrad NSS evo3 and NSO evo3, and B&G Zeus3 glass helm systems. The WM-4 offers detailed weather forecasts, weather radar, lightning, storm warnings, sea surface temperature and more. The WM-4 requires a SiriusXM marine satellite weather or fishing subscription: Inland, Coastal, Offshore or Fish Mapping.

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Bob:(1/8/2020 7:08:01 PM) "How does Vesper Cortex win an award when its not even available to users? Last I heard, they were still awaiting FCC certification.

Anyone remember the Standard Horizon GX6500 that was introduced 3 years ago?

Thanks for the comment and my apologies for our delay in responding. In checking with NMEA, immediate availability was not a criteria for the Best New Product award. Cortex also took an IBEX award and an honorable mention in the DAME award competition--but I don't know whether their criteria included availability. In our humble opinion, a product should be on the market in order to qualify for a product award."
Jp:(8/11/2018 5:28:29 PM) "I have a 2018 Yamaha f40 la and Humminbird helix 7 di , I would like to leverage the nema 2000 capability of the helix 7 to display engine info, what do I need , Humminbird does have a gateway and lowrance makes a Yamaha nema cable, but I'm reading connectors are proprietary . How can I get what is needed?

Since these products are not NMEA 2000 certified there is little assurance that they will share data with each other.

1. Here is the link to see all NMEA 2000 certified products:

2. The NMEA 2000 cables and connectors are from many manufacturers: Here is the link for approved cables and connector manufacturers:

AC/DC grounding distance:(8/2/2018 1:29:35 AM) "What about the grounding points of AC /DC systems? can they be grounded at the same point?
If one system has both AC and DC can they both be grounded to a common buss-bar that has only one conection to the hull?

Here's what Ed Sherman, electric tech guru at the American Boat & Yacht Council, said:

The ultimate goal should always be to tie ac and dc grounds together on board at a single point. In ABYC Standard E-11, it is described as “the engine negative terminal or its buss.” It is most commonly done at a buss."
Hard-Over with Brushed APilot Pump:(12/18/2017 5:37:05 PM) "Jim.
What do you mean by ...."Garmin GHP 20 with SmartPump...Because it is a brushless system, it is fail-safe and won’t execute a hard-over turn the way a brushed pump can."

Thanks for the note. Since the description came from Garmin I contacted the company for an explanation. Here's what one of their engineers told me:

On brushed DC actuators, a single-point failure in the drive circuit (shorted wire or blown component inside the controller) could cause the motor to run full speed in one direction and take the rudder all the way to one rail. A brushless actuator relies on timing-controlled commutation, so a short or component fail would cause the actuator to stop moving rather than moving at full speed.

Hope this helps,

trawlerdeejay:(10/13/2017 3:46:51 PM) "Excellent article. I had no idea what the differences were between o183 and 2000, Thank you so much."
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