FLIR Systems manufactures thermal-imaging equipment and is well-known and respected in military, large-ship and luxury-yacht circles; until now, pricing has kept such equipment out of the hands of recreational boaters, but FLIR has changed that with the introduction of the Navigator system.
All FLIR optics use a thermal-imaging system not unlike night-vision optics that work by amplifying existing light. The Navigator's fixed-imaging system provides boaters with clear thermal pictures in zero-light conditions. Video obtained by the unit displays on a chart plotter or multifunction screen (Navigator is compatible with virtually all screens), presenting what it sees as a ghostly but definably clear image regardless of visibility. The Navigator fixed-lens model (sporting a 35-degree field of view) starts at $4,999 and has optional pan tilt and a multi-station remote-operation option. FLIR Systems, 800-727-3547, www.flir.com.