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FLIBS 2011: VIDEO: Navico rolls out new models

FORT LAUDERDALE — Navico introduced at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show the Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G broadband 4G radar models. The 4G radar delivers 50 percent greater range and target detection than broadband 3G radar, and all 4G radar models feature beam-sharpening technology, which provides the sharpest possible radar images, according to the company.

I had a chance to see the radar in action aboard a 39-foot Yellowfin center console at the boat show. The sharpness of the screen was impressive, and the ability to display four screens gives operators keen insight into their surroundings on the water.

Click play to watch Navico spokesman Andrew Golden talk about the innovations.

When networked with most display options, the 4G radar can deliver dual-range radar returns from a single scanner. The new Lowrance, Simrad and B&G broadband 4G radar models are compatible, respectively, with the Lowrance HDS, Simrad NSO Offshore, and NSE Expert and NSS Sport and B&G Zeus multifunction displays.

The product in November will become available throughout the United States and Canada. The new Lowrance broadband 4G radar has a minimum advertised price of $1,899; the Simrad and B&G broadband 4G radars have a suggested retail price of $2,299.

— Chris Landry

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