15 Must-See Electronics at the 2014 Miami Boat Show

Check out these hot new electronics while you’re at the big show.

15 Must-See Electronics at the 2014 Miami Boat Show

The 2014 Miami International Boat (Feb. 13-17) will be abuzz with new marine electronics from a host of brands, most of which will be exhibiting in the vast Electronics Room at the southwest corner on the main floor of the Miami Beach Conventional Center. Keep in mind that manufacturers don't sell direct to consumers at the boat show, but marine electronics retailers such as The GPS Store (booth 1631) and others will be selling. The prices we list here are manufacturer suggested retail, but you might find them for less at the show and elsewhere. While there are way too many new items to mention, here are 15 electronics products you've got to see at this year's show.

15 Must-See Electronics at the 2014 Miami Boat Show

ACR Firefly Pro
ACR's Firefly Pro rescue strobes flash continuously for 56 hours on a pair of AA alkaline batteries, emitting a circle of white LED light that's more than 41 candelas and can be seen from 3.5 miles away, far exceeding the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and U.S. Coast Guard standards.The Firefly Pro Waterbug, when armed, automatically activates on contact with water; it also has manual activation. The Firefly Pro SOLAS has manual activation only. Each offers three modes – steady strobe, flashing SOS and steady-on to avoid disorienting search and rescue personnel during close-up recovery. $88.99 (SOLAS), $99.99 (Waterbug); booth B97

15 Must-See Electronics at the 2014 Miami Boat Show

FLIR MD-Series Night Cameras
FLIR's compact MD-Series fixed-mount thermal night-vision cameras allow you to see other vessels and obstructions in the dark. The camera weighs three pounds and stands seven inches tall, allowing for the installations on the hardtop of virtually any boat. The FLIR MD-324 feature 320×240 standard-resolution, 24-degree field of view, and 2X e-zoom, while MD-625 features 640×480 high-resolution, 25-degree field of view, and 2X and 4X e-zoom. Both are ethernet-enabled for integration with current electronic displays. Starting at $3,499, booth 1657.

15 Must-See Electronics at the 2014 Miami Boat Show

Furuno Multi Touch Monitors
Furuno's big-screen Multi Touch Monitor series offers an edge-to-edge glass and bright LED backlighting, making it easy to see and operate your fish finder, chart plotter, radar or other functions at virtually any angle and in bright sunlight. Designed to integrate with Furuno's NavNet TZtouch Black Box system, the touch-screen monitors are available in three sizes: the MU170T (17 inch) and MU190T (19 inch) with a 5:4 aspect ratio, and the MU240T (24 inch) with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Each can also be fully dimmed, to help preserve your night vision. $8,595, $9,295, $9,695; booth 1617

15 Must-See Electronics at the 2014 Miami Boat Show

Garmin echoMAP 50dv
Look for a host of new products from Garmin, including the echoMAP 50dv chartplotter/fishfinder combo unit, which now features DownVu scanning sonar for a life-like view of fish and bottom structure. This compact unit also includes Garmin's HD-ID sonar, and is available with preloaded BlueChart g2 and BlueChart g2 coastal mapping. The 5-inch-diagonal VGA display that can be split to view sonar and chartplotting simultaneously. The GPS updates boat position 10 times per second. The 50dv can also record sonar readings and correlate them to GPS coordinates for playback on a computer using Garmin HomePort planning software. $599 (with transducer); booth 1689-1692

15 Must-See Electronics at the 2014 Miami Boat Show

Humminbird ION Multi-Function Displays
Humminbird's new ION10 and ION12 touch-screen multi-function displays feature Cross Touch technology that lets you tap, swipe or pinch to navigate menus, as well as traditional touch-pad controls. They can be customized with Side Imaging, Down Imaging, 360 Imaging, CHIRP broadband sonar, Humminbird radar, autopilot, Minn Kota iPilot Link, wireless connectivity, even a built-in web browser. Cartography choices include Navionics, C-Map and Humminbird maps. You can also add AutoChart to map your own waters, $2499.99 (ION10), $2.999.99 (ION12); boothB94.

15 Must-See Electronics at the 2014 Miami Boat Show

Icom M506 VHF Radio
Icom's new M506 fixed-mount VHF series supplants the long-standing M504 series. The M506 is 1/8-inch wider, but has a larger display for better viewing of channel info and a louder 10-watt speaker. The M506 also features a menu-driven user interface, two-minute last call voice playback, active noise cancelling and a bigger, yet thinner mic. It's available in number of iterations, including one that has built-in AIS. You can also add an optional remote Command Mic. $479.99 to 699.99; booth 1687

15 Must-See Electronics at the 2014 Miami Boat Show

Jeppesen C-Map Sportfishing Value Added Data
For 2014, Jeppesen has expanded the Sportfishing Value Added Data (VAD) of its C-Map 4D and MAX Wide electronic cartography to include thousands of new reefs, updated state record information and the latest angling regulations. VAD can also help identify the types of fish in a given area with photos and descriptions; the size, depth and reef composition; the type of bottom, seasonal and gear restrictions, and size/bag limits. Free with $199 MAX Wide charts; $19 extra with $199 with 4D Local charts; booth 1609.

15 Must-See Electronics at the 2014 Miami Boat Show

Lowrance Elite-7/Elite-5 CHIRP
Lowrance's Elite-7 CHIRP and Elite-5 CHIRP each combine three fish-finder technologies, including CHIRP, DownScan Imaging and Broadband sonar to create a vivid underwater view. The CHIRP uses the affordable Lowrance HDI Skimmer transducer with high, medium and low CHIRP menu choices. You can also overlay DownScan Imaging onto the CHIRP sonar or Broadband Sound returns for an even-more-detailed hybrid screen view. Both the Elite-7 CHIRP (with a 7-inch color screen) and Elite-5 CHIRP (with 5-inch color screen) have built-in GPS antennas and chart plotters with imbedded coastal contour mapping out to 1,000 feet. Chart upgrades include Nautic Insight Pro and HD; Navionics Gold, Premium and Fishing Hotspots; and C-Map Max-N. $869 and $669, respectively (without transducers); booth 1611

15 Must-See Electronics at the 2014 Miami Boat Show

NightRunner Thermal Imaging Camera
The new competitively priced NightRunner Dual Payload Thermal Imaging/Daylight Color Camera from Iris Corp. has a high-resolution thermal core that provides crisp, detailed images not only in the dark, but also through fog, smoke and dust. The system can also provide daylight color imaging. The NightRunner features full pan, tilt and zoon capabilities, and can display imagery on a dedicated monitor or multi-function display. The compact waterproof camera housing with integral base can be secured above or underneath a hardtop or radar arch, and only a single cable is require to connect the camera to the distribution module, which typically connects to a controller and a display. $4,500 (plus $500 for a controller); booth 1652

15 Must-See Electronics at the 2014 Miami Boat Show

Si-Tex T-760 Touch-Screen Radar
Si-Tex's new T-760 series radar features like touch-screen control, AIS target tracking and standard MARPA (Mini Automatic Radar Plotting Aid). Measuring 5.4 inches wide by 8.9 inche high by 3.5 inches deep with a 7-inch color LCD display, it will fit on even the most crowded helm stations. It features 4kW output with a up to a 48nm range. The series offers a choice of 18- or 24-inch radome antennas. Features include relative motion; true motion; north-up, head-up and course-up presentation modes; auto or manual sea/rain clutter modes; and 11 trail indication settings. FCC approval is pending. Starting at $2,095; booth 1655.

15 Must-See Electronics at the 2014 Miami Boat Show

Raymarine CP100 CHIRP Sonar
Raymarine's CP100 CHIRP sonar module integrates easily with Raymarine's latest generation multifunction displays, including the HybridTouc e-Series and the gS -eries glass bridge screens. The CP100 works to depths to 600 feet, using two CHIRP sonar channels, transmiting across a wide spectrum of frequencies to generate high-fidelity returns in both DownVision and fish-targeting sonar modes. Transducers for the CP100 are available in transom-mount, plastic through-hull and bronze through-hull versions. $899 with transducer; booth A100

15 Must-See Electronics at the 2014 Miami Boat Show

Shakespeare CA-VAT Cell Booster
Shakespeare's CA-VAT Anywhere Voice and Data Cellular Booster Kit from Shakespeare is designed to extend and optimize cell coverage for up to five users. The kit includes a Verizon-, AT&T- and T-Mobile-enabled signal amplifier, marine antenna, indoor antenna and UV-resistant coax cable. Dual bands make it compatible with 2G and 3G wireless networks. $612.86, booth 1663

15 Must-See Electronics at the 2014 Miami Boat Show

Simrad NSO evo2/MO Monitors
Simrad's NSO evo2 high-speed quad-core multi-function module allows for processing, display and control of two independent sets of navigation, radar, sonar, video and other information on a pair of side-by-side displays. Complementing the powerful NSO evo2 is the new Simrad MO Series low-profile marine monitors in 16-, 19- and 24-inch Pilot House (P) non-touch and high-bright Multi-Touch (T) models. These feature on-glass menu keys, and can be flush mounted in a dash or installed on a VESA mount. $5,695 for evo2, MO monitors start at $4,449; booth 1630-1634.

15 Must-See Electronics at the 2014 Miami Boat Show

Spot Trace
Globalstar's compact Spot Trace uses the company's satellite network to alert you on your cell phone to possible theft of your boat or tow vehicle. The unit measures just 2¾ inches tall and 2 inches wide, so you can stash it where would-be thieves won't notice. When movement is detected, it automatically sends a text/email with its GPS coordinates, then tracks, sending updates to your smart phone or computer. Powered by four AAA batteries, it has a variety of simple mounting options. $99.95 plus $99.99/year basic service; booth 1647.

15 Must-See Electronics at the 2014 Miami Boat Show

Standard Horizon Matrix GX2200 VHF
Standard Horizon's GX2200 Matrix represents the first fixed-mount VHF radio from Standard Horizon with both GPS and AIS (receive only). With a 66-channel WAAS GPS and internal antenna, the GX2200 eliminates the need to wire the VHF to a GPS for DSC (Digital Selective Calling) or AIS (Automated Identification System). The radio displays AIS target information, allowing you to contact an AIS ship directly using DSC, and alerts you when an AIS ship may be approaching too close. It is also includes 30-watt hailer with listen-back and preprogrammed fog signals. $399.99; booth 1662