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New Marine Electronics For 2021

Marine electronics keep getting smarter and are helping our boats become ever more integrated.

Raymarine Axiom +

Raymarine Axiom + family

Raymarine gave its Axiom system a big boost for 2021, and now it's called Axiom +. This version gets a brain-boost with 16 GB of internal storage, an upgraded in-plane switching (IPS) touch screen with enhanced visibility, 25% more brightness, and has new LightHouse cartography onboard. Starts at $749 | raymarine.com

Axiom+ Multifunction Navigation Displays

Infinity by Harman REFPRV415

Infinity by Harman REFPRV415

What could be better than cool tunes on a hot boat? How about tunes delivered via a 4 x 50-watt internal amp that can take input from just about any source ranging from Bluetooth to USB. Multiple added bonuses: The USB ports double as charging stations, the unit is NMEA2000 compliant and can display video input, and it's compatible with multiple plug-and-play remotes. $429 | prospecelectronics.com

Simrad NSS evo3S

Simrad NSS evo3S

The new NSS evo3S has multiple upgrades over the previous NSS evo versions. Processing power comes from an iMX8 chip, the screen is a SolarMax IPS, 1-kW CHIRP fishfinding is built in, and you can enjoy connectivity with your phone via the Simrad App. The evo3S also features Simrad's TripIntel navigational interface, which displays both current cruise data and performance history. Starts at $2,499 | simrad-yachting.com

Simrad NSO Evo3s

Minn Kota Raptor

ICAST Best of Category in Boating Accessories

Minn Kota Raptor

Here's a new shallow-water anchor for anglers. So, why the heck are you seeing it here lumped in with new electronics? Well, this is the first "smart"anchor around, with enough brainpower to constantly monitor how much pressure is being exerted and then change anchoring force to keep you nailed down in place. It also automatically detects bottom hardness and modifies the amount of force it applies as appropriate. In fact, Raptor is so dang smart it integrates with Humminbird electronics systems and can be controlled from the helm, or even from an app on your phone. $1,899 | minnkotamotors.com

Introducing Raptor™ Shallow Water Anchors

Si-Tex SP 120C

Si-Tex SP 120C

If you need a simple but reliable autopilot, the Si-Tex SP 120C belongs on your short list. An upgrade of the existing SP 110C, this new model includes Si-Tex's nine-axis gyro compass for quick course detection and steering adjustment. The display is a 4.1-by-4.1-inch waterproof color LCD, and can be used with both cable and hydraulic steering applications on boats up to about 38 feet. $2,049 | si-tex.com

Author

Lenny Rudow

New Boats, Fishing & Electronics Editor, BoatUS Magazine

Top tech writer and accomplished sports fisherman, BoatUS Magazine Contributing Editor Lenny Rudow has written seven practical boating books, won 30 awards from Boating Writers International — many for his marine electronics articles – and two for excellence from the Outdoor Writers Association of America. He judges the NMMA Innovation Awards, and is Angler in Chief at FishTalk, his own Chesapeake-based publication. A great teacher and inspirational writer, Lenny hosts many of BoatUS Magazine’s very-popular how-to videos, which can be found on the BoatUS YouTube channel, or at BoatUS.com