When on-board instruments are smart and multifunctional


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On-board instruments, whether portable or stationary, are increasingly taking on the dimensions of multifunctional devices now. That is, media that include within them various possible applications. Instruments that manage to be at the same time gps, chartplotters, depth sounders, radar and much more. Let’s take an overview of some of the tools on the market to find out their peculiarities.



The all-new GPSMAP 86i, in addition to a color screen where you can view your course and all the wireless data coming from your chartplotter (and check autopilot) includes InReach technology that provides, via the Iridium global satellite network, sharing of your location, two-way messaging to and from any mobile device. www.garmin.com



At only 9.9 cm high and 5.2 cm wide, and weighing only 100 g, the inReach Mini is the smallest two-way satellite on the market. It connects to send/receive messages via the Iridium satellite network, which offers 100 percent global coverage. It allows you to send and receive text messages and e-mail wherever you are in the world. www.garmin.com


The Furuno GP-39 GPS, designed specifically for boats professionals (or for those who fish systematically), is equipped with a display with a 4.2-inch color display and features a 12-channel SBAS antenna (WAAS, EGNOS, MASA). Several operating modes are available on the GP-39: Plotter, Highway, Steering, NAV data, Satellites, and two customizable pages. www.furuno.com


An attractively priced multifunction (starting at 492 euros) that integrates navigation plotter, with all Radar screen functions for Simrad, B&G, Lowrance, Garmin antennas and weather data analysis using grib files. Screen sizes range from 13 to 22 inches. www.nextboat.it


A powerful new multifunction navigation system from Raymarine, Axiom features RealVision integrated depth sounder, LightHouse 3 operating system and quad core processor. The touch display is full-glass optimized for panel or recessed mounting. www.raymarine.it


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Going hand in hand with Simrad’s NSS EVO series is B&G’s Zeus 3 range of multifunctionals (pictured is the one with a 7-inch display), expressly dedicated to the sailing world, incorporating specific features such as SailSteer, SailingTime and Race Panel. It also dialogues with B&G’s H5000 navigation and tactical systems, has built-in wifi with access to GoFree online services. www.bandg.com


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