Geonav Introduces Sleek, Sophisticated MFDs
December 15, 2010
Geonav is the newest player in marine electronics, having made its U.S. debut at this fall’s Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show. The company, which is owned by Johnson Outdoors (makers of Humminbird, Minn Kota and Cannon), offers 4 sophisticated multifunction displays: the GIS 12, GIS 10, GS 12 and GS 10. All are slim, elegant models that offer advanced fishfinding (including side-scan sonar), plotting, radar, AIS and communications functions in an easy-to-navigate system.
The Geonav MFDs (12.1” and 10.4” screens are available) utilize a clever user interface called BlueLogic that involves colorful graphics and animation to guide the user through the functions. The MFDs also feature ergonomic panels with tactile controls and smart menus. Blue backlit LED rotary controls provide attractive accents and easier operation at night.
The BlueLogic interface includes Geonav’s unique Pane Manager and HaloView screen selector, which allow easy customization of navigation information set up in a carousel of screen views to suit the user’s preferences.
GeoNav’s exclusive DualFuel Cartography allows users to choose from either Navionics or C-MAP Jeppesen cartography, including the latter’s new 4D platform, which currently can only be used with the Geonav MFDs.
Thanks to their powerful embedded processors and high-speed memory, the MFDs instantly refresh all views of charting, radar, sonar, AIS and sensor data. The UltraClear Display provides superb clarity via an anti-reflective, direct-bonded XGA resolution in conjunction with modern graphics and clear text fonts.
The units also offer waterproof front-panel USB access via an exclusive QuickConnect Data Port. Sealed behind a double-watertight door, the data port allows instant USB connection for easy data upload/download, plus two SD memory-card slots for chart cartridges and waypoint upload/download and storage.
The top-of-the-line GIS 12 and GIS 10 are fully integrated MFDs that seamlessly link to multiple onboard displays to share charts, radar, sonar, AIS data and video. Data is delivered to any GIS display on the boat at a fast speed thanks to the 1 gigabit GNS 5 Ethernet switch. Instrument data such as heading, speed, fuel and engine monitoring can be displayed using the built-in NMEA 2000 or NMEA 0183 serial data formats.
When linked to the optional GSM 2000 Sonar black box, the GIS 12 and GIS 10 display picture-like images of objects underneath the surface. Using patented Side Imaging and Down Imaging technology, users can locate structure and fish, as well as identify navigational hazards more clearly. The GSM 2000 also includes a traditional down-looking sounder using Geonav’s XD Sonar with dual-frequency beams of 200 kHz and 50 kHz for shallow- and deep-water performance.
The G 12 and G 10 are simpler MFD systems for boaters who want charting, radar and sonar on a single helm-mounted display. The G 12 and G 10 are the only MFDs in their class that include built-in 50/200 kHz, 2 kW sonar. The XD Sonar features BackTrack Data Recall, which allows boaters to easily scroll back on the sonar trace to review the sonar history. XD Sonar also integrates waypoints, provides instant screen capture, sonar zoom and customizable color palette.
- Geonav Marine
- GIS 12: $4,699
- GIS 10: $3,699
- GS 12: $4,299
- GS 10: $3,299
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