New Electronics Innovations in Radar, VHF, Displays and More

Fort Lauderdale Boat Show highlights electronics introductions
Electronics from the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show
New and current electronics displayed at the 2016 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. Chris Woodward

Here is a selection of new and current products from the electronics tent at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which showcases fish finders, plotters, radars, displays, radios and more.

Raymarine Quantum Radar

Raymarine Quantum Radar Display
Radar returns on this Raymarine Quantum screenshot show targets super close in and as distant as 24 nm. Chris Woodward

Raymarine says its new Quantum CHIRP Marine Radar, featuring CHIRP pulse-compression technology, places up to 10 times more energy on targets while using a fraction of the energy required by conventional units. Quantum uses multiple compressed radar pulses with FLIR’s exclusive ATX target-­separation technology to detect targets as close as 18 feet and as far away as 24 nautical miles. The lightweight (12-pound) radome employs Wi-Fi connectivity to display data on Raymarine MFDs and intelligently rejects interference from other radars, reducing noise in congested waterways. Units start at $1,599.99.

Raymarine Quantum Radar Radome
The Quantum radome measures 21.3 inches in diameter and weighs 12.3 pounds. Chris Woodward

Fusion StereoActive

Fusion StereoActive Portable Waterproof Stereo
Fusion’s portable waterproof stereos — StereoActive — come in three colors: red, white or blue. Chris Woodward

Fusion StereoActive is a portable, IPx7 waterproof, floating, watersports stereo that offers built-in Bluetooth audio streaming, AM/FM radio with weatherband, and USB audio playback. Boaters and kayakers can easily attach the unit anywhere aboard with the Puck-It mount system. Price is $299.99 at West Marine.


ICOM M93D Handheld VHF Marine Radio

ICOM M93D Handheld VHF Radio
ICOM’s M93D features a redesigned keypad. Chris Woodward

The ICOM M93D VHF marine transceiver with GPS and DSC offers 5 watts of output power and up to nine hours of battery life. It features a large LCD display and a redesigned flat keypad. The handheld floats and it comes with dual/tri-watch function and 50-waypoint memory. It weighs 10 1/2 ounces and costs $349.99 at The GPS Store.

Furuno DRS4D-NXT Radar with Doppler Technology

Furuno DRS4D-NXT Radar with Doppler Technology
Furuno’s NXT radar uses Doppler technology to enhance collision avoidance. Chris Woodward

Furuno has introduced a compact solid-state radar that incorporates Doppler technology, an innovation frequently touted by meteorologists for weather tracking. The DRS4D-NXT features Target Analyzer, which uses Doppler to show vessels approaching your boat at 3 knots or faster in red, and those that are stationary or moving away in green. The radar acquires and tracks targets with virtually every sweep, or every few seconds. The NXT also uses pulse compression and is packaged into a 24-inch radome with ranges from 1/16 to 36 miles; it’s compatible with NavNet TZtouch and TZtouch2 displays. NXT costs $2,600.

Furuno DRS4D-NXT Radome with Doppler Technology
The NXT’s 24-inch radome weighs 16.1 pounds. Chris Woodward
ACR AISLink Man Overboard Beacon
ACR’s AISLink MOB features a waterproof case and an LED strobe. Chris Woodward

Designed to facilitate the rescue of someone who falls overboard, the AISLink MOB can be manually or automatically activated. It will transmit within 15 seconds of activation and continue to transmit for more than 24 hours. AISLink MOB can signal the Digital Selective Calling alarm on any nearby vessel’s VHF radio. MSRP $279.


Simrad GO9 XSE

Simrad GO9 XSE Multifunction Display
Simrad’s GO9 XSE multifunction display (center) joins its smaller siblings: GO7 and GO5 XSE. Chris Woodward

Simrad‘s GO9 XSE offers multitouch controls on a 9-inch screen. The unit is also compatible with Simrad Broadband 3G/4G radar systems, SiriusXM weather and music, and comes with an internal 10 Hz GPS receiver, StructureScan HD and chirp sonar, among other features. Prices start at $1,049 without transducer.

Standard Horizon GX6500 VHF

Standard Horizon GX6500 Fixed Mount VHF Radio
Standard Horizon’s new GX6500 is not yet FCC approved; it’s expected to be available for sale in February 2017. Chris Woodward

Standard Horizon has announced its new GX6500 fixed-mount VHF with NMEA 2000 and an integrated Class B AIS transponder. The VHF can not be offered for sale until it is approved by the Federal Communications Commission, but Standard anticipates a February 2017 on-sale date.

Garmin GPSMAP 942xs

Garmin GPSMAP 942xs Multifunction Display
Garmin’s new 9-inch GPSMAP 942xs offers radar, sonar and engine-data functionality in a small package. Chris Woodward

Compatible with Garmin‘s new Fantom Doppler/MotionScope radars and featuring chirp and chirp ClearVu (down-scanning) sonar, the 942xs plotter/fish finder offers a 9-inch touchscreen display — one of the most popular sizes for inshore and offshore vessels. It retails for $1,599.