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Garmin enters the instrument (depth, speed, etc.) biz...

Looks like Garmin has released an NMEA2000/0183/proprietary display and a series of NMEA2000 and NMEA0183 "Intelliducers" to show things like depth, speed, wind, etc. It looks pretty nice, but I'm wondering how it looks at night (does it kill night vision?). I think Raymarine will have a run for its money against the new ST70 series. Click here for more info... https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=11625#

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I'd assume they have a day/night function like on their GPS equipment that changes it all over to a red dim screen.
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Very pretty; but for me the compass heading is way more important than the gps speed. I'd like to see that reflected in the relative number size. Maybe it's a display option, shouldn't be difficult.
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About how accurate are GPS speedos? I'm thinking it might be an easy way to log speeds & courses w/out poking holes in my boat. (Nice looking unit -- can it display both speed and depth at the same time? Cuz grounding slows a boat right down.)
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As far as I can see, Garmin has no wind instrumentation yet... just speed, depth and GPS.
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As far as I can see, Garmin has no wind instrumentation yet... just speed, depth and GPS.
Gawd knows there's enough $ in wind instruments. Any one price out the latest B&G stuff lately?..........
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Garmin's entry into this arena is interesting. Judging by the speed displayed on the picture, their target demographic is powerboaters. I sure would like to see someone make a suite of instruments that let me display a graphic representation of a wind speed/direction gauge as a window on a chartplotter instead of having multiple, seperate instruments.
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I have 2 Garmin GPS's, one handheld for the boat and one for my car. Both are excellent, well thought out devices. Hopefully their instruments are as well done. I'll certainly consider them when the time comes.
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I'd assume they have a day/night function like on their GPS equipment that changes it all over to a red dim screen.
The Garmin chartplotters have a day/night function but the 12 inch display I used at night last week was still blinding at the lowest intensity. I spoke with another guy who has a Garmin 5 inch and he says he has to put his hat over it at night and peak now and then. The red would be pretty cool. Garmins are still my favorite.
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As far as I can see, Garmin has no wind instrumentation yet... just speed, depth and GPS.
With the NMEA2000 interface Garmin doesn't need to make their own. There are a few standalone NMEA2000 wind instruments available.
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