AIRMAR DX900+ MULTILOG
Accurately measuring leeway is arguably the holy grail of performance sailing analysis, and now Airmar thinks it has found the solution in a solid-state electromagnetic technology already used to
monitor commercial fishing trawls.
The Bluetooth-enabled multifunction sensor measures transverse and longitudinal speed and
instantly calculates leeway angle and speed, says Airmar. It also outputs dual-axis speed, depth and
water temperature and optionally outputs heel and trim. The DX900+ connects and shares data via
Airmar’s CAST app.
The radar display is extremely easy and intuitive for even novice navigators to view and understand and helps improve their situational awareness and safety. The DRS4D-NXT also offers fast
startup, modest DC power needs and low emissions.
MCMURDO SMARTFIND G8 AIS EPIRB
The next generation EPIRB is almost here, and it adds a local rescue dimension to the renowned yet
still improving global capabilities of the 406 MHz COSPAS-SARSAT system. Upon regular 406
transmitter activation, the McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS EPIRB will also begin sending out an AIS
emergency signal, so that all AIS-equipped vessels within VHF range will immediately know you’re
in trouble and where.
SAR personnel can also use the AIS to zero in on your location in addition to the G8’s traditional
121.5 MHz homing signal. The G8 includes an advanced 72-channel GNSS (GPS, Galileo, and
GLONASS) receiver and will be compatible with the soon-to-be-added MEOSAR satellite constellation, which will improve SARSAT accuracy and speed regardless of the beacon’s GNSS abilities.
McMurdo’s SmartFind G8 AIS EPIRB shared first place in the Safety category with Standard Horizon’s
GX6500 VHF/AIS transceiver.
STANDARD HORIZON GX6500 VHF/AIS TRANSCEIVER
NAVICO GOFREE CONNECTED VESSEL
Building the first VHF radio combined with a Class B AIS transceiver was a challenge but Standard
Horizon went even further by adding unique remote station capabilities. The GX6500 can support
two RAM4 wired mics or one wired and up to four RAM4W wireless mics. All stations can intercom
with each other and have full control of the base station including access to all the VHF and AIS
data seen on the base’s big screen, which can also be shared with other boat screens via NMEA
2000® and 0183.
Moreover, the GX6500 can record and play back up to two minutes of recently received VHF
audio, and includes a dual-zone hailer with programmed fog signals and listen back. Combining
VHF and AIS into one box means relatively good value and easy installation but the GX6500 is
designed to the professional standard of individual antennas for each purpose (fitting an external
splitter from one antenna is possible but performance may be diminished).
The GX6500 awaits FCC approval.
G8 AIS EPIRB
Standard Horizon GX6500
When Navico created its GoFree brand in 2014, the ultimate goal was to create a comprehensive
connection between you and your vessel via the Internet. GoFree Track is the resulting selection of
monitoring and communications hardware, and GoFree Vessel is the bundle of web services you use
to manage the system and enjoy the results.
The minimal $799 Track WiFi kit and free WiFi SD Vessel plan can remotely warn you if your
boat has been broken into or moved, or if the bilge fills. Step up to an $8/month WiFi HD plan, and
Track will deliver the complete navigation and engine data that it constantly collects to Vessel
TripReplay pages where you can view and share a cruise (or race) in detail. HD plans also include
remote control of lights and appliances, plus the ability to cloud-store vessel documents and share
engine logs with onshore technicians.