AT YOUR FINGERTIPS: The touch-screen on the Lowrance HDS-7 Gen2 Touch lets you quickly switch between engine instruments and other functions, such as the fish finder.
SPACE SAVER: Raymarine’s a7 touch-screen display is so compact it fits on the helm of just about any boat, even a flats skiff.
DYNAMIC DISPLAY: Simrad’s NSS9 evo2 displays engine and nav info on one screen.
Garmin‘s new free software updates include a host of upgrades. Among the most -significant is the company’s GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm -Series to use the Garmin’s GCV 10 black-box scanning sonar with DownVü and SideVü compatibility. In addition, the software upgrades allow multiple sonar black boxes to coexist on the same GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm system, offering the ability to switch between Garmin’s GSD 26 CHIRP sonar and GCV 10 scanning sonar. The new software allows internal sonar sharing between compatible systems such as the GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm series, new GPSMAP xs and non-xs series and the echoMAP 70. For the free update, visit garmin.com.
C-MAP by Jeppesen has partnered with Insight Genesis to offer boating anglers a special value: Buy a C-MAP MAX-N Wide or MAX-N Local chart before the end of the year, and you’ll get a free one-year subscription to Insight Genesis, the user-generated online mapping tool for Lowrance and Simrad chart plotters. C-MAP sees Insight Genesis as an excellent complement to its MAX-N charts, which can be used in current Lowrance and Simrad chart plotters with updated software. An Insight Genesis annual subscription – a $99 value – allows you to upload personally recorded sonar logs, view them and download the enhanced chart to an SD card to use in a compatible Lowrance or Simrad MFD. MAX-N charts start at $199; jeppesen.com/marine/lightmarine
Snow LizardSLXtreme Navigation Series waterproof, shock-resistant cases for iPads embed a Bad Elf 66-channel WAAS-enabled GPS receiver to give the device marine navigation capabilities. Designed to support Wi-Fi-only iPads (Gen 4), the cases provide latitude/longitude, speed and GPS tracking, accessible through a number of navigation apps. With an IP-68 waterproof rating, the cases also have a battery booster that nearly doubles the battery life when away from power. The SLXtreme Navigation Series cases come equipped with keyholes and screws for securing the device to a standard VESA mount (sold separately) for mounting at the helm. $349.99; ****snowlizardproducts.com