New Electronics: Garmin, Simrad and More

The latest marine electronics you should know about.

October 28, 2017
GMR 2524 xHD2 ($8,199), GMR 2526 xHD2 ($8,999) Courtesty Garmin

Garmin ‘s newest generation, open-array radars have more power and range than their predecessors. These radars are compatible with Garmin multifunction devices and come in two models: the 4-foot GMR 2524 xHD2 ($8,199) and the 6-foot GMR 2526 xHD2 ($8,999). Each has 25 kW of transmit power and delivers a maximum range of 96 nautical miles. Additionally, each radar has a dual-range mode, allowing users to seek nearby targets on one screen while scanning for far-off storms on another. For anglers, there’s Auto Bird Gain, and for all yachtsmen, the units have Dynamic Auto Gain and Dynamic Sea Filter, both of which reduce noise and clutter.

RS20 fixed-mount VHF radio ($279) Courtesy Simrad

Simrad ‘s RS20 fixed-mount VHF radio ($279) is NMEA 2000-compatible and has Class D digital selective calling, allowing users to call specific vessels directly via their MMSI number, or issue a DSC distress call. A high-contrast display makes the screen viewable from daylight to graveyard-watch darkness. The RS20 has a four-button fist mic, a rotary dial and several generously spaced buttons (including a dedicated Channel 16 key) that access main features.

AISLink Man Overboard Beacon ($289) Courtesy ACR

ACR ‘s AISLink Man Overboard Beacon ($289) uses automatic identification system and digital selective calling signals to alert all vessels within VHF radio range (about 4 nautical miles). A built-in GPS receiver lets the beacon send exact latitude and longitude. The beacon is manually or automatically activated, and its lithium battery ensures more than 24 hours of broadcasting. AISLink comes in a marinized case that’s waterproof through 32 feet.

Offshore ($385 to $1,245), PitMaster ($1,360 to $3,295) Courtesy Imtra

Imtra ‘s professional-grade Offshore and PitMaster LED deck lights can be ordered with a selection of beam patterns ranging from narrow to wide to elliptical. Not sure which one you need? Imtra offers 3D vessel modeling, allowing customers to simulate the results of different lights and patterns. The Offshore ($385 to $1,245) has an output of 3,300 to 11,000-plus lumens, while the PitMaster ($1,360 to $3,295) delivers 11,000 to 22,000-plus lumens.


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