Garmin International, Inc. and KVH Industries, Inc. have agreed to offer two marine satellite TV antenna systems made by KVH as part of a Garmin marine network package. The two dome
products—the GTV5 and GTV6—will be offered by Garmin to select
recreational boat builders and high-end marine electronics dealers.
They will be Garmin’s first satellite TV antenna dome products.
“Boatbuilders know their customers want onboard satellite TV to
enhance their enjoyment and time spent on their boats, and we are
extremely pleased to be working with KVH to add satellite TV domes
to our ever-expanding marine product portfolio,” says Dan Bartel,
Garmin Vice President of Global Consumer Sales.
“We are delighted to work with Garmin, a leader in marine navi-
gation and electronics products worldwide, and expand the marine
satellite TV market to their OEMs and select dealers,” says Brent
Bruun, KVH’s COO. “For more than 20 years, KVH has been dedi-
cated to providing the highest quality marine satellite TV antenna
products to customers, and we know Garmin shares our commitment
to the highest standards.”
“The GTV5 ( 45 cm/18 inch diameter) and GTV6 (60 cm/24 inch
diameter) offer outstanding high-performance tracking and reception,
and fast satellite acquisition no matter what the sea conditions,”
according to a joint press release. “These popular satellite TV domes
for sportfishing and cruising boats are compatible with DIRECTV U.S.,
DISH Network, Bell TV, Sky Mexico, Sky Italia, and Sky U.K., and cir-
cular and linear Ku-band services worldwide.
“They can be used to receive high-definition satellite TV programming with Ku-band services, and are fully stabilized to enable boaters
to enjoy hundreds of digital TV and movie channels via regional satellite services around the world. KVH’s exclusive RingFire technology
provides stronger signals, wider geographic coverage, and better
reception, and KVH’s IP-enabled TV-Hub is included with every system to deliver easy setup and operation.”
Garmin to offer KVH satellite TV
domes to select dealers/boat
Navico and C-MAP have merged. C-MAP is now a brand in the Navico portfolio, alongside Simrad, Lowrance and B&G. The merger will accelerate the companies’ shared ambition to create the world’s biggest
digital marine ecosystem and deliver the best experiences for customers
around the world.
“This merger is an incredible opportunity to drive innovation in the marine
industry and lead a new digital era,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico Group.
“We see huge potential to bring our two teams together and accelerate growth.”
“We’re incredibly excited to join forces with Navico,” said Sean Fernback,
former CEO of C-MAP and now Navico Group CTO and corporate executive
member. “We now have an opportunity to create a seamless experience by
developing an ecosystem that combines the best hardware, software, services
In other company news
Matt Vranich has been appointed Executive Vice President–OEM Integration
Group. He will head a global company division that addresses expectations
Navico and C-MAP merge
from Navico’s boat-building partners regarding full-system solutions that
include integration, connectivity and robust supplier support. The OEM
Integration Group now includes more than 60 professionals consisting of
project managers, boat builder product managers, the sales team and system
integrators, all of whom now report to Vranich.
“Boaters want an easy ownership experience, and to deliver a complete
package our boat-building partners are shifting focus toward designing fully
integrated vessels,” said Ottosson. “Having a talented team in place from the
beginning of the design process is key to providing the best product. With his
extensive industry experience on a global scale, Matt is clearly the right person
to drive this new team to the benefit of our partners and, ultimately, the con-
Vranich joined Navico in 2013 as director of OEM sales for the boat-
building market in the Americas, in addition to leading recreational sales
efforts in Latin America. Prior to that, he spent six years with the Brunswick
Boat Group in various sales, marketing and business development roles in
Europe and the Americas.
GOST Nav-Tracker 1.0 tracking system led to the safe recovery of a 34 foot Regulator after the boat was stolen in Miami Beach, FL. From the time the boat began moving until it was recovered, only 49 minutes passed,
setting a new record for speed of recovery. The previous record was 54 minutes, set in 2009.
When an armed geo-fence was breached, the onboard GOST Nav-Tracker
alerted the owner of the Can't Touch This, who then notified the authorities.
The United States Coast Guard pursued and found the boat at a bridge abutment where the thieves abandoned it.
“We have trusted GOST to track our boats since 2011 and am happy to
report that the system performed exactly to specification, giving us immediate
geo-fence alerts,” said Captain JD Ducanes.
“Time and again our systems are proven to globally track vessels, effectively
alert our customers of potential theft conditions and lead the authorities to
successful recoveries,” said Brian Kane, GOST CTO. “In addition to protecting
our customers’ investments, there is an ongoing epidemic of high-end center
consoles being used for human and drug smuggling. Now, more than ever it
is vital to know the location and condition of your boat and we are proud to
offer products trusted by thousands to do just that.”
Nav-Tracker leads to boat recovery
in record time