Miami International Boat Show 2015 Marine Electronics

The Must-See Marine Electronics List

Boat Show Marine Electronics
Kevin Falvey
Airmar Transducer
Airmar Single Band CHiRPTransducer
The new single-band CHIRP transducer series from Airmar includes seven models in transom-mount, flush thru-hull and thru-hull with fairing blocks. Designed to accommodate the growing number of single-band CHIRP sonars such as that found in the Simrad NSS evo2 series, the compact transducers offer boating anglers a wider range of options at lower cost than a multi-band CHIRP 'ducer. Two of the new 1,000-watt models – the transom-mount TM185HW and thru-hull B285HW – offer offer high-frequency operation and a 25-degree beamwidth for broader coverage. Pricing to be announced. airmartechnology.com
C-Map Charts for Raymarine
C-MAP CHARTS FOR RAYMARINE
Now you can run C-Map by Jeppesen electronic charts and data products with Raymarine multi-function displays. All existing Raymarine models will support C-Map 4D, giving anglers access to Jeppesen's worldwide map library, but this requires the most recent upgrade (Release 13) of the Raymarine's LightHouse II operating system, which is free online. C-Map is also compatible with Raymarine's line of Dragonfly sonar/GPS units. C-Map 4D includes full-featured vector charts and dynamic raster charts, as well as 3D and satellite chart options. Pricing to be announced; c-map.com; raymarine.com
Fusion MS-BB300 Black Box Entertainment System
FUSION MS-BB300 BLACK BOX ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM
The new MS-BB300 black-box sound system from Fusion offers Bluetooh connectivity with Apple iOS and Android/Windows media players, as well as USB/AUX connection options. It also offers Fusion-Link plug-and-play compatibility NMEA-2000-enabled multi-function displays to control the Fusion Tue-Marine audio system. The MS-BB300 also includes a MS-NRX200i Wired Remote Control with a large LCD display and rotary encoder. The system provides three independent audio zones, each with its own volume control options,or you can also adjust all three zones at once. The MS-BB300 also features an AM/FM/Sirius-XM-ready tuner. $479; fusionelectronics.com
GARMIN GPSMAP 7400/7600 MULTI-FUNCTION DISPLAYS
GARMIN GPSMAP 7400/7600 MULTI-FUNCTION DISPLAYS Available in sonar and non-sonar versions, the new GPSMAP 7400 and 7600 series of multifunction displays (MFDs) boast 7-, 8-, 10- and 12-inch displays and built-in 10Hz GPS. Each offers pinch-to-zoom touchscreen capabilities, and can integrate functions such as digital switching, weather, radar, and thermal and IP cameras. The GPSMAP 7400xsv and 7600xsv series feature sonar, including traditional HD-ID sonar, 1kW CHIRP sonar, and CHIRP DownVü and SideVü. Every GPSMAP 7400 model has a worldwide basemap series. BlueChart g2 coastal maps are preloaded to the GPSMAP 7600 MFDs. Sonar models start at $1,699.99, non-sonar models at $1,499.99; garmin.com
Icom at Miami Boat Show 2015
ICOM M324, M324G and M424G VHF RADIOS
ICOM M324, M324G and M424G VHF RADIOS The new fixed-mount M324, M324G and M424G VHF radios feature built-in Class-D DSC and an integrated GPS (on G models). The soft-key assignments and directional keypad allows you to quickly navigate settings and radio functions. For better readability and nighttime operation, the dot-matrix displays are backlit. The M324 and M324G feature amber screens, while the M424G emits a white backlight. With the G models you can view current position/time and access GPS waypoints. The M424G features public address, foghorn and active noise cancelling. All three are rated IPX7 submersible. Available in black or white. $199.99 (M324), $259.99 (M324G), $399.99 (M424G); icomamerica.com
LOWRANCE HDS GEN3 SERIES
LOWRANCE HDS GEN3 SERIES
The new HDS Gen3 multi-function displays from Lowrance combine lightning-fast processors with advanced fishfinder technologies in 7-, 9- and 12-inch models. Touch-screen icon-driven scrolling menus and slider bars offers simple access to functions such as StructureScan HD, DownScan Imaging and CHIRP sonar. Wireless connectivity lets you directly download mapping and software updates. All HDS Gen3 models offer plug-and-play compatibility with Lowrance Broadband Radar, SonicHub, SiriusXM, Class B AIS, DSC VHF, and Lowrance Outboard Pilot. Each has built-in Insight USA charts, but can also run Insight HD and Pro, and Insight Genesis, as well as C-MAP MAX-N+ and Navionics. $1,199 to $3,199; lowrance.com
SHAKESPEARE’s NEW SEAWATCH HDTV ANTENNAS
SHAKESPEARE’s NEW SEAWATCH HDTV ANTENNAS
SHAKESPEARE's NEW SEAWATCH HDTV ANTENNAS Shakespeare's new line of SeaWatch TV antennas can deliver over-the-air digital HDTV reception aboard just about any boat. There are three new permanent-mount models – the ultra-compact 3004 with a four-inch dome and the saucer-shaped 3015 and 3019 (15- and 19-inch diameters, respectively) are threaded to accept common one-inch threaded antenna mounts and include 20 feet of low-loss RG-59 coaxial cable, F-connectors, and a 30dB low-noise amplifier with AC and DC power supplies. When paired with an optional 2-way band separator between the antenna and the amplifier, these antennas can also receive AM/FM radio signals. A full line of mounts and extension masts are available to fine-tune the installation specifically to your boat. $161.95 (3004), $170.95 (3015), $244.95 (3019); shakespeare-marine.com
STANDARD HORIZON HX870 VHF
STANDARD HORIZON HX870 VHF
STANDARD HORIZON HX870 VHF The new floating, waterproof HX870 from Standard Horizon includes a 66-channel GPS receiver allowing the radio to transmit a DSC distress call with your vessels position or navigate to a waypoint. It also has an oversized 2.3-inch diagonal dot-matrix LCD and intuitive menu system. DSC calling, position sharing, waypoint and route navigation and DSC distress calls can all be performed with just a few simple steps. It is also capable of saving up to 200 waypoints and 20 routes for navigating via the radio's unique compass page. Other advanced features include a water-activated SOS strobe light and weather alert. Supplied with a 1800 mAh Li-Ion Battery, 110VAC and 12VDC chargers. $249.99; standardhorizon.com

If you're in South Florida this week, go to the Miami International Boat Show (Feb, 12-16). You won't be sorry. One of my favorite places to visit is Electronics Hall in the Miami Beach Convention Center where you'll see amazing new marine electronics from companies such as Furuno, Garmin, Icom, Raymarine, Simrad and many others. There are also retailers selling the latest marine electronics, including my list of 8 must-see new marine electronics.

Scroll through the gallery above to see the choices, and check back during and after the 2015 Miami International Boat Show. Since many new products are kept under tight wraps until the show opens, we'll be posting the hottest new marine electronics as they are debuted. ( You can also monitor us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, for live boat show updates.)