|The Simrad Nx40 NavStation and the Simrad IS20 instrument displays. |
Simrad electronics have long been standards of excellence aboard commercial vessels, and since Simrad was purchased by Navico, we're starting to see more Simrad offerings for the recreational market. Two new plotters, the Simrad NX40 NavStation and the Simrad NX45 NavStation have, respectively, 8.4-inch and 12.1-inch daylight-visible displays that use C-Map Max charting. These multifunction displays are capable of displaying charts, radar, echo-sounder, camera, and engine data and have been designed with extremely intuitive keypad controls.
Simrad also has a new line of instrument displays, the Simrad IS20 range, which come in either digital or analog format, depending on the information displayed. For example, compass, rudder-angle, and wind-direction information is in analog format, which is easier for a busy helmsman to decipher. Speed, depth, water temperature, and similar information is displayed in digital format. These sensors are connected via the flexible Simrad data bus.
Simrad NX40 NavStation ($2,500), NX45 NavStation ($3,000), Simrad IS20 (starting at $450); (425) 712-1136, www.simrad.com