Boating Gear

On this page you’ll find articles relating to new and innovative boating gear tests and reviews as well as product releases and updates.

Lightweight Simrad HALO24 revolutionises dome radars

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ANNOUNCING the Simrad HALO24, an innovation in pulse compression radar. HALO24 combines the performance and reliability of Simrad’s award-winning radars with the advantages of innovative technology, a new profile and lightweight design. Boasting 60rpm high-speed rotation at distances up to two nautical miles, an industry first, the Simrad HALO24 dome radar allows for increased safety and improved performance. The extremely …

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Navico launches c-map Embark

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NAVICO, the world’s largest manufacturer of marine electronics, recently announced the launch of C-MAP Embark, a nautical navigation app designed to refresh the planning, cruising and fishing experience with a clear aim in mind – to make it simpler. C-MAP Embark is powered by map data from official hydrographic offices. This data is continuously updated and augmented from thousands of …

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Raymarine ClearCruise Augmented Reality navigation technology

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FLIR Systems has delivered a marine industry first with the introduction of the Raymarine navigation technology, ClearCruise Augmented Reality, which brings enhanced on water awareness to Raymarine’s family of Axiom multifunction displays. With ClearCruise AR, Raymarine Axiom users can make smarter decisions with physical navigation objects overlaid directly on Axiom’s high-definition video display. FLIR also announced a new video stabilisation …

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Lowrance Hook2 9 sounder review

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I RECENTLY fitted a Lowrance Hook2 9 GPS/sounder to my boat and have subsequently tested the product. This sounder features an inbuilt GPS with map as well as sonar with CHIRP, StructureScan and DownScan all in one as a standard unit. The unit only runs one transducer, which simplifies installation. Straight out of the box it came with everything needed …

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Lowrance announces price drops on Elite Ti

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LOWRANCE has just announced a price drop across its Elite Ti range of multi-function displays. The new recommended retail prices incorporate savings of 20 percent off the previous RRPs, with savings up to $700. With displays available in 5”, 7”, 9”, and 12” screen sizes, the Elite Ti series features clean yet rugged styling anglers have come to expect from …

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MotorGuide releases new Xi3 and 72″ Xi


MOTORGUIDE’S newest release – the Xi3 – is the quietest and easiest to use motor in its class. Indeed, rigorous testing has proven it to be up to 40 percent quieter than its nearest competitor. But there’s a lot more to it than that. MotorGuide’s latest offering also has wireless control straight out of the box, with a hand-held remote …

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JL Audio launches the MM50 marine audio unit

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JL Audio, an innovator in high-end marine audio solutions, recently announced the launch of a new 2.8” weatherproof, powered marine source unit. The MM50 is a high-performance, single-chassis, powered source unit with outstanding audio performance and advanced audio features, specifically designed for marine applications. An easy-to-read, high-brightness, 2.8” full-colour LCD display with separate day/night lighting and display themes, an intuitive …

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New V8 and V6 Mercury Pro XS outboards

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MERCURY has announced the addition of multiple new Pro XS outboards – V8 4.6-litre engines in 200hp, 225hp, 250hp and 300hp, along with an all-new V6 3.4-litre 175hp model. These powerful and precise new engines further expand Mercury’s already outstanding offering, representing the next generation of performance. Mercury Marine vice president of global category management John Buelow said, “The unveiling …

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Minn Kota Ultrex now available in Australia

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THE ICAST award-winning Minn Kota Ultrex is now available in Australia! Minn Kota has introduced the trolling motor anglers have only dreamed of – a hybrid that merges the body of a Fortrex with the brains of i-Pilot, complete with Spot-Lock electronic GPS anchoring and more. The Ultrex gives anglers the control and responsiveness of a Fortrex, plus effortless Power …

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Lowrance HDS-12 Carbon sets new standard

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And while a 16” model would probably just squeeze in the dash on the Polycraft, I’m more than content with the images on the 12”. I guess the crux of it is you will usually try to get the biggest unit you can afford that fits on your dash because it will make it easier to see and identify the …

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