Bigger Vulcan chartplotter from B&G

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New 9-inch sailing chartplotter launched for cruisers and club racers.

B&G has introduced the new Vulcan 9 touchscreen chartplotter for coastal cruising and club racing sailboats.

The new 9-inch chartplotter offers radar, sonar and wi-fi connectivity controlled through a multi-touchscreen and menu structure designed to make setting courses, reading wind speed and direction, depth, bearings and other sailing functions easy to access and understand.

The new unit includes SailSteer and Sailing Time that combine essential data into one screen, as well as the SailSteer chart overlay designed to enhance situational awareness of laylines and wind shifts. Other features including True Wind and tide and, for the club racer, the Startline countdown timer.

With the addition of SonicHub marine audio, V50 DSC VHF Radio and AIS transponder/receivers, the unit combines on-water entertainment, safety and communication.

B&G has also added Broadband 3G or 4G Radar connectivity to the Vulcan series enabling users to identify and track targets from up to 36 nautical miles away so they can cruise safely through crowded harbours, view very close obstacles in poor visibility and keep an eye on distant storm cells.

The chartplotter can also be connected to B&G’s ForwardScan transducer to enable full forward-looking sonar to see beneath the surface, useful for when sailing in shallow unfamiliar coastal waters and coming into harbours.

When connected to a B&G Pilot system the Vulcan 9 can act as a secondary autopilot controller providing Intelligent Sail Steering, manual and auto steering functions, and Smart Maneuver functionality.

The unit also features built in wi-fi internet connectivity, via a marina or smartphone hotspot, giving access to the online GoFree Shop where users can download charts and software updates directly to the display.

Users can also mirror the screen of the Vulcan 9 and control the chartplotter (tablet only) on a compatible IOS or Android smartphone or tablet by downloading the GoFree app and linking to the chartplotter from virtually anywhere on the boat.

The Vulcan 9 chartplotters will be available in December 2016, starting from AU$1,899/NZ$2,069 RRP. More information at www.bandg.com.

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