Garmin has introduced more connectivity and features to its range of multifunction displays, chartplotters and sonar equipment. Following an acquisition in 2017, Garmin has integrated ActiveCaptain into its electronic chart displays, echosounders, solid-state pulse compression radar and sonar displays.
ActiveCaptain enables masters and mariners to access, update and purchase charts from the OneChart online store. They can use the application for downloading navigational safety notices and creating their own charts and contours on existing electronic charts, using the Quickdraw function, said Garmin Europe technical sales executive Nick Meadow.
Using ActiveCaptain, mariners can plan routes, transfer voyage plans and create waypoints. They can synchronise these between chartplotters and their own mobile devices, said Mr Meadow.
Garmin has also introduced new versions of its multifunction chartplotters, EchoMap Plus. It has introduced touchscreens for its 7-in and 9-in versions, added CHIRP and wifi connectivity. These are compatible with ClearVu scanning sonar and support Panoptix sonar transducers. They are preloaded with ActiveCaptain and BlueChart electronic charts.
In addition, Garmin has integrated functions from other suppliers into its multifunction displays under the OneHelm programme. This includes functions for controlling lighting, seakeeping stabilisers and Boning automation systems, said Mr Meadow at the London Boat Show, in the UK.
Garmin will be integrating more electronic charts and functions into its chartplotters and multifunction displays in 2018 after it acquired chart specialist Navionics in December 2017. Navionics has introduced new high resolution electronic charts covering nine regions in the UK and Ireland.