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Best night vision equipment for 2021

Sailing unfamiliar waters after dark can be intimidating even for an experienced boater. Radar and AIS (Automatic Identification System) are great help but nothing takes the place of being able to see what’s ahead and around you almost like it was daytime. Night vision cameras have become must-have equipment for boaters of many stripes, especially since prices have come down on most brands and models. Five of the best are described below.

The lineup is part of an exercise Marine Electronics Journal does every year as part of our Buyers’ Guide. It works like this: We ask the top manufacturers to identify the one model they produce in a particular category (17 in all) that they consider to be their Best & Brightest—not necessarily the most technically advanced or newest but rather the one they rate highest in the product line for one reason or another. Could be the functions and features it offers, or maybe it breaks new ground in maximizing effectiveness or utility, or maybe it’s the most popular as measured by sales to boaters.


Featuring a high-definition low-light camera and one of the most advanced FLIR thermal imaging cores ever, the M364C provides an elite level of awareness on the water. M364C uses multispectral imaging to deliver exclusive FLIR Color Thermal Vision (CTV) technology. CTV blends visible camera details with a thermal image, overlaying vital color imagery that allows captains to positively identify navigation aids and other vessels within the thermal scene. Outstanding imaging performance, intelligent object recognition technology, and enhanced gyro-stabilization make the M364C an indispensable tool for law enforcement professionals, commercial mariners, and serious recreational boaters.

Iris Sentinel

Available in a number of models depending on your requirements and your budget, and available also in a range of colors to suit your application, Iris Sentinel cameras take their style cues from Iris’s popular NightRunner range and build them into a far more robust cast, anodized and powder-coated aluminum housing. Everything about the Sentinel range has been subject to a major overhaul, improving motor strength, internal temperature management, repositioning connectors centrally to simplify installation and much more. There are currently two thermal resolutions to choose from (384×288 and 640×512) with a higher resolution IP device in the pipeline featuring Augmented Reality built into the camera. Cameras are available as either single-payload or in dual-payload formats, pairing up the thermal core with a high-quality daylight camera.

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Wireless WASSP Multibeam Sonar - Simple, Real-Time Remote Seafloor Mapping Delivered Wirelessly From The Tender!

Camas, WA - As the premiere global trailblazers in multibeam technology, Furuno and WASSP have teamed up to change the game once again with their latest innovation, the new W3P Wireless Multibeam Sonar. Using tested and proven, real-time 3D seafloor mapping, the new W3P offers updated WASSP multibeam features in a compact and portable single housing with wireless communication between tender and mothership. W3P provides the convenience of a complete "all in one” system, allowing the technology to be quickly and easily deployed on a wide range of vessels and applications while delivering the high-quality mapping data of the original W3 fixed-mount system.


Is it time to buy an Autopilot?

Buying and installing a new Autopilot is satisfying for any boat owner. The addition is bound to save you headaches and you’ll finally be able to focus on other things such as the weather or your surroundings. But how much can you actually rely on your Autopilot, and is it really worth the hefty price tag?


Vesper Marine Releases Remote MMSI Programming for AIS

Auckland, New Zealand – Vesper Marine, a leading manufacturer of innovative marine electronics, announced today the release of remote MMSI programming capability and improved "Stealth Mode” for Cortex Hubs when upgraded to software version 1.6. Remote MMSI Programming is the latest in a series of updates that improve the functionality of existing and new Cortex Hubs. Software version 1.6 uses a patented technology for remotely validating and setting vessel data, such as the MMSI. Installers and re-sellers can now enter the relevant vessel details via a secure login to the Support Portal. Vesper Marine will validate that the information is entered correctly and send it over the air to the Hub, either immediately or when it next connects to the Vesper Cloud.