August 2008 New Electronics

A look at the CVS-126 Digital Echo Sounder from SI-TEX. Also, Bahamas Special Edition charts from Navionics and the Autotether

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Deep Look
The new 600-watt CVS-126 Digital Echo Sounder from** SI-TEX** incorporates digital signal processing for a clearer, enhanced image at the helm. With 8, 16 or 64 echo-level colors, the image is tunable for specifi c targets. An Auto function provides an optimized balance of setting and performance at 50 and 200 kHz, down to 2,700 feet.

The 5.7-inch color LCD display, coated to eliminate refl ection, provides high readability in direct sunlight. Selectable backgrounds in seven colors plus contrast and brightness adjustments maximize the image for specific conditions.

In addition, "Sona-Tone" differentiates particular targets with distinctive audio alerts. When linked with GPS, the Homing function recalls up to 10 saved positions in memory. $999. 727.576.5734; www.si-tex.com.

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New Bahamas

The new Bahamas Special Edition charts from Navionics have been announced as an upgrade to Gold+, Platinum and as a component of Platinum+ packages. Compatible with all Navionics plotters, the set encompasses an area from Grand Bahama and Abaco to Long Island in the south and South Florida in the west. Exclusive to this release are newly-surveyed and previously unpublished depth soundings and updated contour detail. The three levels of packaging provide an escalating set of information. The Gold+ version includes ports, marinas and tide tables. Bahamas Special Edition Platinum adds 3-D bathymetric views, satellite and high-aerial photography overlays, and panoramic port photography.

The Platinum+ premium version is augmented with high-resolution satellite and high-aerial photography plus XGA-resolution port photography. Starting at $129. 800.848.5896; www.navionics.com.

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Hooked Up**
The Autotether provides simple, economical security for managing man- or dog-overboard situations on outboard boats. A radio receiver replaces the kill-switch lanyard and monitors a signal to remote "fobs" worn by every person or pet aboard. When the fob is submerged, as it will be when it goes overboard with the wearer, the radio signal is broken, and an alarm goes off. The Skipper's fob also shuts down the engine. Each battery-powered fob has an alert button, which allows anyone wearing it to stop the engine and sound the alarm. Autotether is available for Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Mercury and Evinrude outboards and comes with two fobs. Extra fobs are $69 each. $295. 888.593.4181; www.autotether.com