More from MIBS 2020

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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Darryl:(3/27/2017 10:17:15 PM) "Putting the MSRP with each unit reviewed would have been helpful. If each unit was actually tested, the reports on each unit would have been helpful too.

Thanks Darryl---we generally don't mention prices due to confusion over so many variations---MSRP (mfg. suggested retail price), MAP (min. advertised price), MRP (min. resale price) and then there are internet prices on some websites that go their own way. But your point is well taken--buyers need to know if something is in their price range. We'll work on it.
There is independent testing of some of these products on sites like but the information we receive from manufacturers rarely cites the results of any shootouts they may conduct against the competition's products. "
Laurie Seibert:(2/16/2017 2:00:20 AM) "Thanks EV Collier for sharing this informative blog. It is important to know the causes of EMI filters. We use these parts in our daily life in the electronic products so we should know that what are the causes are cures of EMI Filters.

Great job and keep updating!

Laurie Seibert"
Yes:(2/10/2017 7:22:40 AM) "EMI/RFI filter causes and cure. There are very few people who share such information with everyone. I was looking to read such informative blog!

Great job!

Lisa Wilson
hugo:(1/30/2016 2:00:32 AM) "Why is no integrated ais transceiver available? Only recivers.


Each AIS system consists of one VHF transmitter, two VHF TDMA receivers, one VHF DSC receiver, and standard marine electronic communications links (IEC 61162/NMEA 0183) to shipboard display and sensor systems (AIS Schematic). Position and timing information is normally derived from an integral or external global navigation satellite system (e.g. GPS) receiver, including a medium frequency differential GNSS receiver for precise position in coastal and inland waters. Other information broadcast by the AIS, if available, is electronically obtained from shipboard equipment through standard marine data connections. Heading information and course and speed over ground would normally be provided by all AIS-equipped ships. Other information, such as rate of turn, angle of heel, pitch and roll, and destination and ETA could also be provided. Check out:"
Islander Sailboat Info:(12/4/2015 9:49:32 AM) "Great post!! This is the missing introduction I've been looking for. Thank you for taking a complicated subject and making it very easy to understand."
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