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New electronic wizardry for your boat
6/29/2020

As the pandemic continues to complicate lives nationwide, we’re hearing encouraging reports that boaters in some areas are spending more time on the water than usual. The reason is obvious—you’re outside in fresh air with a lot of control over who’s sharing your space. To celebrate the pleasures of boating-and to ring in summer-here’s a look at a half-dozen new electronics products that could make that time with family and friends even safer and more fun.


Marine PC delivers on nav, entertainment and more

Digital Yacht has launched a new marine PC designed specifically for onboard navigation, entertainment and office tasks. The latest DC-powered, Aqua Compact Pro+ utilizes Intel’s 10th generation i7 processor. It has a large, rugged, solid-state hard drive (480GB) and 8GB of fast DDR4 RAM and can support up to three displays. Despite the powerful new processor, average power consumption is only around 25 watts.

PCs have found markets in ocean cruising and offshore racing where users want advanced navigation software or multiple chart systems, weather overlays and routing. They are also popular in commercial fishing, where professional mariners want charting, radar and bathymetry/sonar overlays, which demand fast 3D graphics. The Aqua Compact Pro+ has been optimized for Maxsea TimeZero and Adrena systems.
 
There’s a built-in SD card slot that is ideal for use with Digital Yacht's SmarterTrack navigation software, which can accept plug-in Navionics charting cards. Network connectivity is provided by a wired gigabit port as well as the latest AX200 WiFi card, which supports 802.11ax protocols (2.4 and 5GHz with up to 3x bandwidth) and has built-in Bluetooth 5 for easy connectivity. There’s a USB interface option for NMEA 2000 systems using the Digital Yacht iKonvert gateway.

Garmin rolls out Apollo audio system enhancements

Garmin has expanded its Fusion-branded Apollo Series with the introduction of the Apollo WB670 premium hideaway system and the Apollo ERX400 wired remote.

The WB670 eliminates the need for a stereo to be present on the dash, while the ERX400 offers users complete audio entertainment control with an all-new intuitive user experience, and an ultra-compact design that can be mounted in convenient places around the boat.

A powerful extension of the Apollo Series, the WB670 inherits the key audio innovations from the Apollo RA670, but in a compact, space-saving form that can be hidden away behind the dash or mounted in a variety of locations like storage lockers, inside of the helm console or a glovebox compartment, and controlled through a compatible multifunction display (MFD) via NMEA 2000 or Ethernet.

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