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NV Charts Puerto Rico Update; Simrad's New Navigation Processor

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The German charting company, NV Charts, has updated its region 11.1 chart set covering the area from the north coast of the Dominican Republic to the Spanish Virgin islands.

Currently in use by Baltic-Kiel-Pilots, the USCG, racers and cruisers everywhere; the company produces some 600 different available charts covering cruising grounds around the world.

North American editions are based on NOAA data and supplemented with the company’s own surveys of the area along with additional cruiser information.

Like most of NV Charts products, the region 11.1 update is offered as a package with a variety of formats including paper, a digital CD, chartplotter memory cards and a new mobile app for iOS and Android devices. This particular chart set also includes three passage and 18 coastal charts, tide tables, charted GPS waypoints and recommended routes from destination to destination.

According to the company’s press release, unique color differences featured in the new layout aim to make specific depths, shoals, reefs and exposed tidal areas stand out for quick and easy recognition. For ease of use, all NV Charts are built to international chart standards.

The release comes just in time for winter months, when most long-range cruisers head south to the warm waters of Caribbean.

Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show attendees also saw new technology unveiled from Navico, the parent company of Simrad, Lowrance and B&G.

Simrad's new quad-core black box, the NSO evo2.

Simrad's new quad-core black box, the NSO evo2.

Released under the Simrad brand name, a new multifunction navigation system dubbed the NSO evo2 aims squarely at commercial and blue water boaters. The NSO evo2 features a quad core processor and is the first multifunction system to offer dual-discrete video outputs with full HD resolution. Simrad’s new marine processor can be configured to a side-by-side monitor setup or a monitor and “GoFree” tablet combination.

Compatible with both touch and traditionally operated screens, the NSO evo2’s MO series of displays feature a low profile and large screen area that discerning boaters will find very attractive.

Compatible cartography options include C-MAP MAX-N, Navionics Gold and Platinum, Insight, Lake Insight, Nautic Insight, Insight Genesis and other suppliers such as NV Charts. Simrad’s new processor also comes jam-packed with drivers allowing for easy, “plug and play” connectivity to most marine displays, sounders, radar as well as Simrad 4G broadband and Sirius satellite radio.

The NSO evo2 processor currently has a suggested retail price of $5,695 and can be packaged with two of Simrad’s MO series touch monitors for just under $13,000 with a two year parts and warranty.

Simrad and NV Charts will begin shipping their new products this November.