For years I have said that marine electronics should be made by marine companies for durability and for the specific applications. But now you can't deny the crossovers as we bring smartphones and tablets onboard our boats and we take charts and recorded fishing trips off the boat and work with them at home.
Many marine chart companies have embraced the smartphone craze and now Raymarine becomes the first and largest hardware builder to tie iPads and wireless connections into their new product line. ... Read More
Is CHIRP just another way of showing the same old picture on your fishfinder or do you gather lots of worthwhile information from this state-of-the-art technology? I was really impressed when I played with a new Garmin GSD26 off of Pompano Beach, and I'm looking forward to investigating Raymarine's new CP450C Clear Pulse™ CHIRP Sonar introduced at the Miami Boat Show. It's easy to see that finders using this new technology are far better than anything previously available.
With this new technology you will be able to target a big kingfish feeding in the middle of a school of bait, and you can operate these new sounders at a higher boat speed. ... Read More
Because the boating market is not as large as the consumer electronics world, new electronic designs for your boat have always been adapted a few years late to match up to consumer things like CDs, iPods, and mobile phones. Some years ago, government funding for wars made for new products for military ships, but then we had to wait for the secrets to become public before we got the technologies on boats.
I was out with friends jigging for bluefin tuna last week and having a great time of it. The lump we were drifting was loaded with bait holding near the bottom in 150 feet of water and the LCD screen clearly showed big red blobs mixed in with the bait schools. Those blobs were the tuna tearing up the sand eels and occasionally some of the baitfish would be driven to the surface.