Salt Water Sportsman digital editor Devin Golden took photos of the newest marine electronics featured at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and electronics editor Jim Hendricks also traveled through with a video recap of the newest features and products.
Garmin Fantom 18 and 24 dome radars
The Garmin Fantom 18 and 24 dome radars feature no warm-up time plus motion scope, allowing anglers to see if a target is approaching or swimming away from the boat.
ACR GlobalFix V4
The ACR GlobalFix V4 offers an internal GPS and 10-year battery, separating it from most EPIRBs on the market.
Simrad AP44 Auto Pilot
The Simrad AP44 Auto Pilot features automated turn patterns and an optically bonded 4.1-inch color display.
Raymarine ES Series Display
The Raymarine ES Series Display is part of the Quantum Wireless Radar and features a Lighthouse 2 V17 with 24 miles of range performance.
ICOM Handheld VHF
The ICOM Handheld VHF is waterproof and floats, plus offers anglers 10 hours of battery life on top of a GPS-connected DSC distress signal.
Below is the Salt Water Sportsman video overview of the new electronics on display at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Raymarine gs Series 16 and Series 12
The Raymarine gs Series 16 is a great option for inshore or offshore specialists because it provides an array of chart options from your choice of manufactuer: Navionics, C-Map, Standard Mapping and more. You can switch on the fly, with some charts even free to download. It comes in two sizes, the 16-inch for the Series 16 or the 12-inch Series 12.
Garmin GPSMap 942xs
The new Garmin GPSMap 942xs has built-in Wi-fi in addition to autopilot and pre-loaded maps with inland and coastal charts for versatile anglers.
The new Fusion StereoActive is waterproof for 1 meter up to 30 minutes. It is available in three colors and can float, with high-quality audio performance in a saltwater setting.
The new Fusion ActiveSafe provides anglers — notably those on kayaks — a storage container for cell phones, keys, wallets and other valuables during a day on the water.
Fusion Active Puck
The new Fusion Active Puck provides a place to securely fit either the Fusion StereoActive or Fusion ActiveSafe while out on the water.
The new Furuno FCV-1900 upgrades the FCV-1200 with three models — the basic version, the CHIRP-option 1900B and the CHIRP-and-convenient-combination 1900G.
Simrad GO9 XSE
Simrad’s GO9 XSE features a larger screen than the previous GO5 and GO7 and can switch between flush against the dash or surface-mounted.
Garmin’s Vivoactive allows boaters to adjust the volume and settings on the Fusion StereoActive wirelessly through their watch.
The Fusion MS-RA55 is brand new to the market — being released this week — and is small enough to fit in your hand but powerful enough to provide full bluetooth capabilities and remain 360-degrees waterproof.
Furuno DRS4D-NXT Solid State Doppler Radar
The Furuno DRS4D-NXT is a Solid-State Doppler Radar that rivals the punch of open-array antennas with its RezBoost functionality. It works with both NavNet TZtouch and TZtouch2 MFDs.
The Furuno GP1870F provides anglers a fishfinder-chartplotter combination on a 7-inch color LCD display screen.
Furuno FCV 628
The Furuno FCV 628 is a 5.7-inch color LCD fishfinder with improved separation for accurately targeting fish.