Garmin teams up with Mastervolt on new technology

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Garmin International today announced a fully integrated vessel solution for its GPS MAP Glass Helm series as a result of a collaboration with Mastervolt, the manufacturer of CZone intelligent technology, which seeks to make the boating experience more automated and fluent at the helm.

“Garmin strives to provide the easiest and most intuitive user experience on the market, and we’ve taken it to the next level, integrating Mastervolt’s automated power and circuit management with our GPS MAP Glass Helm Series,” worldwide sales vice president Dan Bartel said in a statement. “From controlling various lighting configurations to monitoring bait well levels and more, CZone technology puts the simplicity of automated operations at the boater’s fingertips.”

CZone intelligent technology incorporates full vessel integration and automation with the boater’s chartplotter. With the ability to monitor and control multiple functions, the user gains an elevated level of digital control over the boat while at the helm.

“Today, with recreational time being limited, boaters and their families do not want to worry about the operation of the boat,” Mastervolt global business leader G.R. Schrotenboer said in a statement. “They want to turn the key or touch a button and go have fun on the water. Our CZone technology offers the kind of intuitive operation that is common in one’s home or car, providing complete control of the vessel’s environment with a single touch.”

Mode control is another function offered by CZone intelligent technology. With mode control, circuits such as lighting, power monitoring and tank monitoring are bundled to simplify the operation of the vessel and improve safety by making the correct decisions at the appropriate time, whether via touchscreen, tablet or key fob.

A mode bar displaying these configurations allows for quick access and can be displayed at the top or bottom of the chartplotter screen. This accessibility allows for ease of visibility and control over the most important functions of the boat.

Sportfish boat builder Scout Boats will be the first boatbuilder to incorporate the technology integration of the Mastervolt CZone system with the Garmin Glass Helm.

The Scout 350 LXF, a center console featuring a dual stepped hull, will be the first model to feature the digital switching technology.

“Our LXF collection is comprised of luxury sportfish models that showcase a unique blend of high-performance fishboats with high-end cruisers,” Scout Boats CEO and founder Steve Potts said. “The cross between these two popular recreational marine mainstays allows the boater to enjoy amenities and cool features normally found on much larger sport fishers. When we were deciding which model to introduce and integrate this new technology with, the 350 LXF just made sense. We, as consumers, use this technology in our everyday lives, whether it’s operating our cars or our homes, so now we’ve brought this technology to the marine industry.”

CZone digital switching is made available as part of a free software update available now for both the GPS MAP 8000 MFD series and the GPS MAP 8500 Black Box series.

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