Get your gadgets in the big tent
A round-up of the latest marine electronics on show at SCIBS next week.
The Main Pavilion at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) starting next week will once again set the stage for the latest marine electronics to reach Australian shores. SCIBS is traditionally an event at which many manufacturers launch their new models for the coming year, so visitors can expect a good showing of the latest technology on offer.
Here’s what the show organisers are saying will be on display next week.
Global electronics giant Navico will be exhibiting a range of marine electronics from its Simrad, Lowrance and B&G brands. Navico marketing director Michael Blackwell said the company will be showcasing the new Hook2 series of fish finders as well as fish finder and chartplotter combos from Lowrance. The Hook2 range boasts features usually found on high-end fish-finding gear, such as DownScan, SideScan, GPS navigation and premium chartplotting, at a price point aimed at the cost-conscious angler.
“We’ll be unveiling this exciting new range at SCIBS, along with a new Simrad product that is aimed at the high-end of cruising and sports fishing,” said Blackwell.
“SCIBS is the first show of the year and is the perfect event to showcase our range of electronics for all boating and fishing categories. The event attracts a variety of visitors that are in line with our target markets.”
Another major exhibitor at SCIBS, Raymarine will present the latest in its range of Axiom LightHouse Apps, the Raymarine LINK mobile app, and Axiom integration for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). With LightHouse Apps, Raymarine users can use Axiom to stream onboard entertainment from popular movie and music services as well as the Theyr GRIB global weather forecast and tide apps.
Visitors to the Raymarine stand will also see the FLIR Systems Quantum 2 CHIRP radar designed to integrate with the award-winning Axiom multifunction displays. Quantum 2 is designed to enhance boaters’ situational awareness by intelligently identifying moving and static targets at both long and short ranges.
Still on marine electronics, Garmin will present the Echomap Plus 95sv combo. This package features a bright, sunlight-readable 9-inch keyed-assist touchscreen and GT-52 transducer for Garmin high wide CHIRP traditional sonar, CHIRP ClearVü and CHIRP SideVü scanning sonars as well as support for Panoptix all-seeing sonar. It comes preloaded with BlueChart g2 charts for Australia, New Zealand and many associated islands, plus Quickdraw Contours mapping software to allow users to instantly create personalised fishing charts onscreen.
Audio specialist Fusion has chosen SCIBS for the launch of its next generation of marine entertainment, the Apollo Series. The new flagship product, the Apollo 770, includes a 32-bit DSP chipset, wi-fi, touchscreen interface, over-the-air software updates, and Party-Bus networking.
“Our system approach ensures every step of the audio pipeline is optimised through calculations by our engineers to deliver a superior listening experience – without the need for a tech-savvy understanding,” said Fusion Entertainment managing director Chris Baird.
BLA Distribution will be in the Main Pavilion with a huge stand, displaying over 30 brands and accessories catering to all aspects of boating. This year, there is a focus on technology with Clarion marine audio, C-Zone digital switching for controlling all onboard functions, Trudesign composite fittings comprising a range of next-generation plumbing, Fischer-Panda generators, Lewmar bow thrusters and the well-known SeaStar steering systems.
Also in the Main Pavilion, Dometic Seabreeze wll once again be a major exhibitor with a complete range of refrigeration, AC, watermakers and sanitation on display. Managing director Steve Quan said the company will have an array of new products on display in 2018 and looks forward to another excellent edition of SCIBS.
“SCIBS is excellent for B2B, aftermarket and retail. It’s always a successful show for us, thanks to the commitment of the organisers and boat show team.
“We believe the industry is buoyant and the 2018 show will reflect that,” he said.
Local electronics distributor, Australian Marine Wholesale (AMW), will be launching the Crew Watcher man overboard device from Weems & Plath as well as demonstrating the award-winning Mazu Skymate satellite app and Racegeek racing instrument package. AMW’s wide range of marine electronics on show will include the latest products from brands such as BlueWater, Lumitec, Raymarine, Garmin, Simrad, Fusion and Aqualuma.
AMW along with local distributor All Sat Communications will also be featuring a range of products from UK electronics manufacturer Digital Yachts. Products include the 4G Connect Internet Access Solution for fast 4G internet connectivity on the water, a SeaTalk to NMEA Gateway and SeaTalk to USB Gateway for interfacing SeaTalk data with PCs and Macs, the Nomad portable AIS transponder, and an NMEA 2000 Cabling Starter Kit for onboard electronics networking.
Australian marine electronics manufacturer, GME will present various products including two Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) units, the MT603G and MT603FG. When activated these GME EPIRBs flash and send radio signals on internationally recognised VHF and UHF distress channels. They are equipped with an integral GPS receiver which provides location co-ordinates in the UHF distress transmission.