Electronics continue to pump fresh blood into a financially healthy marine industry. Competition among the major players is arguably at an all-time high, with companies consistently delivering new products in radar, sonar, GPS chartplotting, multifunction displays (MFDs) and autopiloting.
Navico (Lowrance, Simrad, B&G)
Navico develops, makes and distributes marine electronics for the recreational market and is the parent company of the Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G brands.
Navico announced the integration of new advanced Mercury SmartCraft functionality with select Lowrance and Simrad displays.
Digital content and services provider GoFree said Boatsetter chose its Connected Vessel System as the recommended vessel-tracking and remote management solution for its owners network.
DUCK KEY, Fla. — During a media event that gave journalists a sneak peek at its new products, Navico reported solid revenue growth in 2016 and said it wants to aggressively grow its business through its coastal brands of marine electronics — Simrad and B&G.
Navico said it has selected a CalAmp telematics device to support Navico’s new cloud-enabled GoFree Connected Vessel program to monitor onboard engine, sensor and navigation data.
B&G introduced the new Zeus sailing chart-plotter and navigation system, designed to meet the needs of bluewater cruisers and regatta sailors.
Lowrance said it is offering discounts on its HDS Gen3 multifunction displays.
B&G said it introduced the Vulcan 9 sailing chart plotter for coastal cruising and club racing sailboats.
Simrad said the GO9 XSE chart plotter navigation display, the latest addition to its GO Series, allows boaters to view charts, add waypoints and see other information on a 9-inch screen.
A new Simrad autopilot range is designed for sportfishing boats and other powerboats.