Best vessel safety monitors for 2021
1/4/2022

For the past few weeks we’ve told you about devices that report on the performance of many of your boat’s key components and when they may need attention. These components are serious items such as engines, generators, batteries, electrics and if the drive shaft is running too hot. This week we shift to products that are designed to increase the safety of your boat and all its occupants by tracking a variety of functions, from on-the-water perception of what’s around your location to setting alarms for any onboard monitored event and lots more.

This is part of an exercise Marine Electronics Journal does every year in 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. 


ClearCruise Augmented Reality

Raymarine’s ClearCruise Augmented Reality is bringing enhanced on-water perception to Raymarine’s family of Axiom multifunction displays. Using the new AR200 Augmented Reality Stabilization Module and a CAM210, CAM220IP or FLIR marine camera, ClearCruise AR applies easy-to-understand labels to nearby navigation aids, AIS contacts as well as stored waypoints. At a glance you can see and understand complex navigational situations with instant, heads-up recognition. Day or night, ClearCruise AR technology makes it easy for boaters to see critical navigation aids and confirm their locations. The system supports up to 10 marine thermal cameras for up to 360° coverage, if desired.

GOST Nav-Tracker IDP

The new GOST Nav-Tracker IDP supports a wide range of greatly enhanced speed, security and location-based machine-to-machine (M2M) services. With 100x higher messaging capability, lower power consumption, 99.99% reliability as mandated by the IMO (International Maritime Organization), global coverage with the exception of the poles and two-way satellite service, the Nav-Tracker IDP offers customers a reliable way to track their vessels from anywhere in the world. In addition, Nav-Tracker incorporates an accelerometer into the antenna, allowing users to set a reporting interval when the boat is moving over a certain speed. This reporting interval begins when the boat is in use, even if the geofence system is disarmed.

N2KView V3 with Anchoring

N2KView is a comprehensive vessel monitoring and control software that monitors your vessel’s systems while underway or remotely from your home or office. Display the information you need including engines, generators, tanks, rudders, navigation instruments, and more. Additional functionality includes alerts, video, switch control, anchoring supervision and fuel management. N2KView software runs on your vessel’s computer or on standalone products like the Maretron TSM810C display or the Maretron Black Box (MBB300C) vessel monitoring system. To run N2KView software on your vessel’s computer, you will need either a Maretron USB100 or an IPG100 to get sensor information from the NMEA 2000 network to the computer. Download N2KView Mobile for use on your Android or Apple phone.

Oceanic Systems Alarm Sounder

Ensure you are kept alert to any monitored condition with the Oceanic Systems Alarm Sounder. It generates an extremely loud 105 dB SPL (sound pressure level) piezoelectric sounder and a ring of red high-brightness LEDs to ensure full awareness of the alarm condition when it sounds, both audibly and visually. Additionally, a blue LED indicates that the unit is powered and communicating to Oceanic’s alarm, control and monitoring system, Poseidon. Featuring eight distinct selectable alarm patterns, alerts are distinguishable and the alarm sounder can also be triggered by alarms generated by Poseidon. The unit is well designed to mount either by surface or flush mount and is completely waterproof, meaning the unit can be mounted inside or outside the vessel.

Böning AHD-GAP F

The AHD-GAP F panel is designed for control of acoustic and optical signals in emergency situations. In addition to manual activation of the horn, common mandatory signals such as Abandon Ship, General Alarm, and Fire Alarm are already hard-coded and can be activated in selectable intervals. The first keystroke activates the preprogrammed signal sequence, while a second keystroke deactivates the previously activated signal sequence. The AHD-GAP F is designed for installation in bridge consoles and other locations. The front panel’s surface is coated with a waterproof, UV-resistant and durable plastic film. All controls are illuminated glare-free for a safe operation at night. Brightness of the signal LEDs is automatically adjusted to the ambient light by a built-in photosensor.

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