LOW DRAG ‘DUCER
Garmin’s first-generation Panoptix Forward transducers used trolling motors or transom-hung brackets, which weren’t ideal for those seeking a low-drag option. The company’s Panoptix multibeam PS51-TH through-hull transducer ($1,499) addresses this issue while delivering Garmin’s FrontVu and LiveVu Forward sonar imagery. The PS51-TH has a 20-degree beam that concentrates on objects in front of the bow and delivers real-time performance. Additionally, the PS51-TH can generate water-temperature and depth information.
The Seatether system (from $4,600) by Aydin Marine (formerly KEP Marine) has a black-box central processing module that talks with a network of sensors. Seatether communicates with the outside world via a built-in cellular modem and is designed to play nicely with third-party satellite-communication systems. Users can upgrade to four high-definition, closed-circuit video cameras, and can add a night-vision camera, as well as upgraded coastal Wi-Fi communications and global tracking packages.
Icom’s IC-M93D handheld VHF radio ($350) delivers digital selective calling (DSC) and positive buoyancy in a svelte package. The IC-M93D has a 2.3-inch dot-matrix LCD screen and a soft-key user interface. The slim handheld includes an embedded Class D DSC receiver that monitors Channel 70 for emergency signals, and a dedicated distress button that can trigger man-overboard alarms aboard all nearby DSC-equipped vessels. An integrated GNSS receiver provides location information.
Fusion Entertainment’s MS-BB100 marine entertainment system has all the power, sound and network-friendly technology needed to keep your foot tapping during a day at sea. The MS-BB100 ($279) includes Fusion-Link, allowing users to pair the stereo with a compatible multifunction device using either an NMEA 2000 or Bluetooth connection, and its Multi-Zone technology lets you pipe different tunes to two different zones at independent volume levels. The MS-BB100 was designed to play nicely with Apple and Android devices — allowing you to control your music via your smartphone or tablet — and its wired remote control lets you stream Bluetooth audio to the stereo system, even if the actual black box is mounted in a hidden compartment.