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Global Leaders in Sailing Electronics call for boat owners to have better safety preparation ahead of the sailing season

B&G survey finds yacht and boat owners need to do more to stay safe over the summer boating season

Romsey, UK – B&G®, the world’s leading sailing navigation and instrument specialist are advising sailors and boat owners to ensure they prepare better for the sailing season. A recent survey conducted by B&G found just over a quarter of yacht and boat owners took very little or no pre-season boat checks on its electronics or vital safety equipment after their boat had been moored or laid up over the winter months.  Based on recent [1]figures on yachting ownership in the UK, this could equate to just over 53,000 yachts across the country not being properly prepared  for the sailing season during the summer months.

The B&G survey of over 700 boat owners resulted in a surprising 26% admitting they didn´t adequately prepare their boat for the summer season, performing only very basic tasks or nothing at all.  

“We were alarmed a quarter of those people surveyed did very little or nothing at the start of the season to get their boat ready for the open water.” Said Jonathon Putney from B&G adding, “The survey was not all bad news as the vast majority of sailors take sailing safety and preparation very seriously, but those that don’t, really do take the risk of their sailing trip ending in disaster.”

B&G also noted that whilst marine electronics are key to improve safety at sea, 15% of boat owners admitted having experienced problems because they failed to check their electronics at the beginning of the season. Some of the examples of issues experienced were inaccurate readings from wind or transducers due to poor calibration or fouling, and faulty connections due to corrosion and poorly set up wiring. All these issues mentioned could be avoided if checks were carried out pre-season.

45% of respondents also reported they didn’t update the software on their electronics system, which means nearly half of boat owners surveyed are not benefitting from the new features and functions available for their products.

On the positive side, there are many responsible boat owners who thoroughly prepare their boat in one way or another, carrying out key tasks like applying anti-fouling, cleaning the transducer, checking electronics and importantly the safety equipment on board.

 [2]B&G have pulled together a number of tips to help get a boat ready for the summer season:

Boat

  1. Physically inspect the boat to check for the condition of the hull, deck surface condition, ropes and deck gear.
  2. If you have any doubts of the condition of the boat in the water, get the boat lifted out of the water and put in dry dock. Before this is done always establish as much as you can in advance and plan any work that needs to be done, as this could save time and money.
  3. If out the water, thoroughly clean the hull and closely inspect its condition.
  4. Remove any molluscs from the propeller and hull - To help clean any fouling, use a high-pressure water jet while the boat is still wet, this will make them easier to remove. Any that withstand high-pressure water jet should be carefully scraped off with a flat scraping tool. In areas such as bronze propellers or stainless steel shafts, a product such as hydrochloric acid or vinegar can be applied in advance to soften up biofouling and make it easy to remove.  If using any chemicals users should follow the manufactures instructions and apply any chemicals in a well ventilated area.
  5. If possible, apply anti-fouling paint - This is the fundamental task when the boat is out of the water and a recommended treatment on a yearly basis. A heavily fouled hull can reduce speed by between 20% and 25%, with a clear impact on fuel consumption.
  6. Check the paddle wheel inside the engine cooling pump. If the rubber is damaged, the paddle needs to be replaced.
  7. Check all engine hoses and wiring.
  8. Check the oil levels, and if the dipstick comes out dirty, change the oil and the filter.
  9. Check the batteries to make sure they are fully charged. If they are not the sealed type, then check the electrolyte level. Use a voltmeter to check the voltage, a good tip is to use up a few amps to see if the voltage drops sharply, in it does you will have to consider replacing the batteries.
  10. Check the safety equipment such as life vests, beacons, lights and flares to ensure they are in date and fully working. 

Electronics

  1. Ask yourself if your current electronics system is going to meet your expectations during the new season? Is your VHF working correctly, AIS system, chart plotter, instruments, sonar and radar?  
  2. Whilst checking the electronics check all the software is up-to-date. Updating the software will give you the latest version which may fix any glitches and importantly could install new features in your existing equipment. Updating software is usually pretty simple, however if in doubt you can get good advice online from manufacturers website or by asking your local dealer.
  3. It is essential to get your wind, speed and compass sensors calibrated correctly as good data starts with good calibration.
  4. Check to see if you have the latest cartography,   if necessary consider buying new charts, especially if you are going to be sailing in new unfamiliar areas. If you feel the need for any back up charts, consider getting the paper versions.  
  5. Always try to pre plan and log any routes with family or friends to ensure that in the event of any emergencies there will be a recorded route of your trip and make sure you know how to use the systems on board the boat.


The B&G survey is directly linked to B&G’s focus of making navigation safer, easier to use and more fun for both the recreational and competitive sailors. Risks at sea can be minimized by carefully following some preparation safety tasks at the beginning of the boating season, including checking the boat, the electronics system and the type of navigation sailors will need over the season. Boat owners should contact their local boatyard or dealer for professional advice if they have any doubts over the condition of their boat and any maintenance which is beyond their skill set.

[1] Figures based on the 2013 the recreational boating industry statistics produced by ICOMIA

[2] This list of tips is not an exhaustive guide to getting your boat ready for the sailing season. Owners are advised to consult a comprehensive guide.


21 June 2016

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B&G Precision-9 Compass Offers Constant Heading Updates Along Multiple Axes

B&G Precision-9 Compass Offers Constant Heading Updates Along Multiple Axes

Compact and Versatile Unit Provides Unparalleled Heading Accuracy

Romsey, UK – B&G®, the world’s leading sailing navigation and instrument specialist, announced today the release of the B&G Precision-9 Compass, which delivers heading and rate-of-turn information with an enhanced level of accuracy to B&G autopilot, radar and navigational systems over an NMEA 2000® connection.

The Precision-9 Compass incorporates a sophisticated solid-state sensor array measuring motion on nine separate axes. Data from all nine axes is used to calculate the most accurate heading and rate-of-turn information possible, avoiding common limitations of conventional fluxgate electronic compasses. Once the compass is calibrated, it delivers heading accuracy of ±2 degrees, with a pitch and roll range of ±45 degrees.

Measuring 4.69-inches across and 1.42-inches tall, the more compact Precision-9 Compass housing is ideal for discreet installations. An easily adjustable mounting bracket allows the unit to be installed on any sailing vessel, in almost any location. It also may be mounted directly to any flat surface, and external up-mast installations are possible to avoid magnetic interference from steel hulls. Installation is further simplified by NMEA 2000 connectivity, with a single cable carrying both power and data.

“Navigational accuracy is critical to our core values of enhancing sailors’ enjoyment on the water, and helping to keep them safe,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico. “By incorporating today’s more advanced heading technology, the new Precision-9 Compass maximizes the performance of our award-winning displays, autopilots and radars for the greatest level of accuracy.”

The new Precision-9 Compass is scheduled for February 2016 availability from authorised distributors at a suggested retail price of €600. For more information about the new B&G Precision-9 or the entire line of award-winning B&G sailing tactical and navigational electronics visit www.bandg.com

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11 February 2016

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The New Enhanced Vulcan 7 Sailing Chartplotter

Expandable chartplotter brings easy electronic navigation to all sailors

Romsey, UK - B&G, the world’s leading sailing navigation and instrument specialist, is pleased to introduce the new enhanced version of the Vulcan 7 FS chartplotter. B&G’s entry level Vulcan 7 multi-touch sailing chartplotter now comes with forward scan sonar capabilities.   The easy to use, Vulcan has been designed as the perfect companion for cruising and racing yachts of all sizes. In its basic form as a standalone sailing chartplotter, Vulcan offers all of the standard navigation features sailors expect from B&G including waypoints, routes and a choice of cartography providers, integrated autopilot control and more. Vulcan is an easy addition to existing NMEA 2000® networks.

Vulcan’s unique innovation shows when it is integrated with instruments or sensors, like Wind and Boat Speed. By simply adding a Wind transducer, sailors gain access to B&G’s award winning SailSteer feature, and by integrating with further sensors, sailors can unlock a whole host of other sailing features including True Wind and tide, making Vulcan a fantastic central navigation display for sailors.

When paired with a ForwardScan transducer, Vulcan offers sailors a unique perspective on what’s in front of the yacht. Designed for boats of every size, the ForwardScan transducer can be fitted on almost any kind of vessel, allowing sailors to see obstructions that may be approaching. With an effective range of eight times the actual depth and a built-in user configurable shallow depth alarm, B&G ForwardScan integrates seamlessly with other collision avoiding technologies and helps sailors to avoid costly navigation mistakes. 

Vulcan has a multi-touch screen and intuitive menus, so sailors can pinch-to-zoom and quickly swipe their way through options for fast and easy navigation. Compatible with GoFree wireless technology, thanks to built-in Wi-Fi, sailors can control and view charts and other features of Vulcan via a tablet, wherever they are on board. Navigators can even view data on a Smartphone and carry a chartplotter in their pocket! GoFree technology also allows for the download of software updates and purchasing of charts and apps via the GoFree Store when in range of an Internet hotspot.

Leif Ottosson, CEO of Navico, parent company to B&G said: “From its internal high speed GPS to SailSteer and the ability to use ForwardScan sonar, every part of the new Vulcan has been designed to meet the needs of sailors, no matter the size of their boat. Vulcan can grow with a navigator’s need, thanks to being easily expandable.”

The 7” Vulcan FS chartplotters will be available from February 2016, starting from RRP (excl.) €749.00.

To find out more about the B&G passion for sailing and the award-winning range of sailing electronics and navigational products, visit www.bandg.com

11 December 2015

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B&G Launches New Sonichub®2

Marine Audio Entertainment System

Built-In Bluetooth® Design Simplifies Installation and Operation

Romsey, UK – B&G®, the world’s leading sailing navigation and instrument specialist, announced today the release of the B&G SonicHub®2 marine audio server and entertainment system. The system gives users complete control of songs, radio stations as well as video from B&G Zeus2 multifunction displays and glass-helm systems. SonicHub2 is also the first marine audio system built on the newly implemented NMEA 2000® Audio Entertainment protocol.

A newly released, drop-in replacement for the original SonicHub entertainment system, the enhanced, black-box solution provides independent dual-zone control and features built-in Bluetooth audio streaming, dual stereo AUX-IN connections, integrated support for Pandora® internet radio via smartphone or tablet without the need for additional hardware (U.S. only), and compatibility with the WM-3 SiriusXM® satellite radio/marine weather module (U.S. only, subscription required). SonicHub2 is compatible with both iOS and Android platforms, comes equipped with a video output for USB video playback, has dual USB ports for connecting/charging multiple devices, and includes a built-in AM/FM antenna.

“Helping sailors enjoy their time on the water has always been our top priority,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO of Navico. “Our multifunction displays offer an efficient and user-friendly interface for navigation, radar and sonar information. With SonicHub2, we offer boaters an integrated, high-quality audio entertainment solution for the complete boating experience.”

B&G research and development was instrumental in developing the NMEA 2000® Entertainment protocol for marine accessory manufacturers. The protocol will be used to connect, control and monitor any audio-visual source with any controlling device such as a multifunction display, personal computer, smartphone or tablet. In addition to playing songs, radio stations and video, the protocol allows for standardization of other entertainment functions such as: file status queries, independent sound zone control, system configuration status, pre-defined and user-defined equalizer pre-sets, access to playable files library, USB access and organization, Sirius® XM radio sourcing, personal playlist recall and editing, audio-video library search, saving of favourites, and Bluetooth device connection and source status.

The B&G SonicHub2 blackbox RRP (excl.) €349. Simrad-branded 200-Watt, two-way, 6.5-inch marine-grade speakers can be purchased separately for RRP (excl.) €85.00 a pair. 

SonicHub2 is available from authorised distributors.

For more information on the B&G SonicHub2, Zeus2 series navigation systems or the entire line of award-winning B&G sailing tactical and navigational electronics visit www.bandg.com.

11 December 2015

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B&G ZC2 - The Ultimate Controller

Helping to control the vital functions of the yacht so you can concentrate on sailing.

Romsey, UK - B&G, the world’s leading sailing navigation and instrument specialist, is pleased to announce the launch of the new ZC2 Controller for the award winning Zeus2 series of sailing navigation systems, from the 7” multi-functional displays (MFD) to the 19” Glass Helm products.  

The ZC2 is the easiest and most intuitive way to control the multi-functional displays covering information, communication and navigation functions. The goal is to give access to the display using the most modern principles available. 

The B&G ZC2 Remote Controller centralizes navigation functions in a multi-display environment. Featuring a multi-axis control rotary dial with up/down/left/right, rotate clockwise/counter-clockwise and press-to-enter capabilities, as well as a keypad and a dedicated button that cycles quickly through the available displays, the ZC2 is specifically designed to operate the latest functions on the Zeus2 family of screens. The ZC2 can operate up to six displays and can be used to control the autopilot via a network display, efficiently and reliably in all conditions, regardless of the sea state.

Purpose-built for intuitive operation, the ZC2 integrated LED indicator lights clearly show the selected display number, and included cursor functions allow for easy on-screen navigation. Notification of vital information is also relayed by critical alarms using the built-in high-decibel speaker.

The ZC2 is easy to use and can be operated with one hand without the need to watch what you’re doing with the controller. The most frequently used functions are located next to the dial with special attention given to a MOB button to issue an alert warnings over all the networked screens and a Mark/GoTo button to mark waypoints and destination points. 

Further intuitive control buttons cover displays settings, controlling which screens are displayed, a ‘Standby Auto’ button to control the autopilot, three detailed  menu buttons to control specific windows within the screen pages, alongside the cancel/back (X) button to get you back to the last screen or function. The power button will control the display brightness menu function or turn the display completely off.  

“The new controller has been engineered to perfection and is available in both portrait and landscape versions to ensure the best integration with the widest number of navigation station designs.” Said Leif Ottosson, CEO Navico, adding, “It has an intuitive keypad and a multifunctional highly precision engineered dial, much like you would find in a top of the range car in the automotive sector. The ZC2 allows navigators to keep track of the important things, giving complete control over many of the vital functions with one hand and allowing them to concentrate on sailing their yacht.” 

The height and width of the ZC2 can be optimally positioned to suit the owner, either neatly in a cockpit pedestal, by the chart table or other locations suited for either a portrait or landscape operation. It has one simple NMEA 2000 connection that networks with Zeus2 and other NMEA 2000 B&G equipment. It is also compatible with the Vulcan 7 sailing chartplotter with multi-touch and pinch-to-zoom, packed with innovative sailing features. 

The B&G ZC2 Remote Controller scheduled for January 2016 availability and will be offered by authorised dealers worldwide. For more information B&G visit www.bandg.com

11 December 2015

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The New Enhanced Vulcan 5 Sailing Chartplotter

Expandable chartplotter brings easy electronic navigation to all sailors

Romsey, UK - B&G, the world’s leading sailing navigation and instrument specialist, is pleased to introduce the new Vulcan 5 chartplotter. B&G’s entry level Vulcan 5 multi-touch sailing chartplotter comes with all the great features of the bigger Vulcan 7 plotter but in a more compact form. 

The easy to use, Vulcan has been designed as the perfect companion for cruising and racing yachts of all sizes. In its basic form as a standalone sailing chartplotter, Vulcan 5 offers all of the standard navigation features sailors expect from B&G including built in GPS, waypoints, routes and a choice of cartography providers, integrated autopilot control and more. The new Vulcan 5 is an easy addition to existing NMEA 2000® networks.

Vulcan’s unique innovation shows when it is integrated with instruments or sensors, like Wind and Boat Speed. By simply adding a Wind transducer, sailors gain access to B&G’s award winning SailSteer feature, and by integrating with further sensors, sailors can unlock a whole host of other sailing features including True Wind and tide, making Vulcan a fantastic central navigation display for sailors. 

When paired with a ForwardScan transducer, Vulcan 5 offers sailors a unique perspective on what’s in front of the yacht. Designed for boats of every size, the ForwardScan transducer can be fitted on almost any kind of vessel, allowing sailors to see obstructions that may be approaching. With an effective range of eight times the actual depth and a built-in user configurable shallow depth alarm, B&G ForwardScan integrates seamlessly with other collision avoiding technologies, and helps sailors to avoid costly navigation mistakes.

Vulcan has a multi-touch screen and intuitive menus, so sailors can pinch-to-zoom and quickly swipe their way through options for fast and easy navigation. Compatible with GoFree wireless technology, thanks to built-in Wi-Fi, sailors can control and view charts and other features of Vulcan via a tablet, wherever they are on board. Navigators can even view data on a Smartphone and carry a chartplotter in their pocket! GoFree technology also allows for the download of software updates and purchasing of charts and apps via the GoFree Store when in range of an Internet hotspot.

Leif Ottosson, CEO of Navico, parent company to B&G said: “From its internal high speed GPS to SailSteer and the ability to use ForwardScan sonar, every part of the new Vulcan has been designed to meet the needs of sailors, no matter the size of their boat. Vulcan can grow with a navigator’s need, thanks to being easily expandable.”

The 5” Vulcan  chartplotters will be available from February 2016, starting from RRP (excl.) €549

To find out more about the B&G passion for sailing and the award-winning range of sailing electronics and navigational products, visit www.bandg.com

11 December 2015

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Redesigned Network Sensors Enhance Boating Integration And Convenience For Sailors

NMEA 2000® Sensors Offer Enhanced Processor Capabilities for Advanced Integration with Zeus2 Multifunction Displays

Romsey UK. – B&G®, the world’s leading sailing navigation and instrument specialist, announced today the release of a redesigned line-up of easy-to-install, intelligent sensors designed to monitor an array of vital engine and boating functions. Compatible with NMEA 2000® networks, the newly released products include the B&G Fluid Level Sensor, Fuel Data Manager, and Fuel Flow, Pressure, Paddlewheel Speed and Temperature Sensors.

Following is a summary of the redesigned sensors and the functions they monitor

  • Fuel Data Manager and Fuel Flow Sensors feed data to compatible Zeus2 displays for effective management of onboard fuel levels.
  • Fuel Data Manager stores fuel-use data from an engine or engine interface connected to the network and can support data from up to three engines.
  • Fuel Flow Sensors track gasoline flow and calculates fuel used, trip fuel used, as well as seasonal fuel use. When combined with a GPS speed source or the transom-mounted Paddlewheel Speed Sensor, sailors can use the Fuel Flow Sensor to calculate fuel economy to optimize time spent on the water.
  • Fluid Level Sensors allow boaters to maintain awareness of tank levels and can be configured for any liquid – fuel, oil, live well, fresh water, gray water or black water tanks.
  • Pressure Sensors are pre-configured for engine water pressure, but may be set for engine boost pressure, engine oil pressure or transmission oil pressure.
  • Temperature Sensors (available in standard and thru-hull models) are calibrated for water temperature, but can also be used to monitor live well, bait well, outside, inside, engine room, cabin, refrigeration and heating system temperature. Configuration and display of this information is completed using B&G Zeus2 multifunction displays.

Available from authorised B&G dealers worldwide, the Fluid Level Sensor, Fuel Data Manager, Pressure Sensor, Paddlewheel Speed Sensor, Temperature Sensor and Thru-hull Temperature Sensors are priced RRP (excl.) €99.00. The Fuel Flow Sensor is priced at RRP (excl.) €218.90. For more information about the new sensors, Zeus2 series navigation systems or the entire line of award-winning B&G sailing tactical and navigational electronics visit www.bandg.com.

11 December 2015

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B&G Announces Wireless Pilot Controller

New autopilot control device frees skippers from the helm

WR10 Wireless Remote

B&G, the world’s leading sailing navigation and instrument specialist, is pleased to introduce the new Wireless Pilot Controller with Bluetooth® base station.

Providing control to sailors, no matter where they are on the boat, the Wireless Pilot Controller is compatible with B&G Triton and H5000 Pilot systems and is easy to install, thanks to the Bluetooth base station with micro-C connection.

The waterproof Bluetooth base station is small and lightweight, offering pairing for up to 4 Pilot Controller remotes, has a huge range of up to 30m (98ft) and can be installed directly on deck or with a pole mount.

The Pilot Controller Wireless device is perfectly sized to fit into the user’s palm, it has a series of clearly marked keys and an LED status light to allow for fast and accurate Pilot access. A mode button allows skippers to toggle through the available Pilot modes, such as Auto or Wind. Two dodge keys enable the skipper to programme turns by 1 or 10 degree increments and these keys also allow the user to trigger Auto Tack/Gybe functions, when the Pilot is in Wind Mode. There is also a Pilot standby button for the ultimate in safety and a large Auto key.

Ideal for single or short-handed sailors who need independence from helm, the Wireless Pilot Controller also comes with a handy lanyard or optional wrist strap, for instant device access.

Leif Ottosson, CEO and President of B&G said: “Our Wireless Pilot Controller system allows sailors the freedom to move about their boat, safe in the knowledge that they can access and control their Pilot in an instant. When combined with a Triton or H5000 system, sailors will experience unbeatable sailing-specific navigation.”

The Wireless Pilot Controller and Bluetooth base station will be available from Spring 2015 and will be priced at around €399/£320. For more information about the B&G range of sailboat electronics visit www.bandg.co.uk/en-GB/Products/WR10-Wireless-Remote.

10 April 2015

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B&G Vulcan Sailing Chartplotter

Expandable chartplotter brings easy electronic navigation to all sailors

Vulcan 7" chartplotter

B&G, the world’s leading sailing navigation and instrument specialist, is pleased to introduce the new Vulcan chartplotter. Packed full of B&G’s dedicated sailing features and easy to use, Vulcan has been designed as the perfect companion for cruising and racing yachts of all sizes.

Vulcan is a truly expandable 7-inch multi-touch sailing chartplotter, which is just as at home when used as a standalone unit on a 24ft cruising yacht, as it is as part of an integrated system on a larger yacht.

In its basic form as a standalone sailing chartplotter, Vulcan offers all of the standard navigation features sailors expect from B&G including waypoints, routes, a choice of cartography providers, integrated autopilot control and more.

Vulcan’s unique innovation shows is when it is integrated with instruments or sensors, like Wind and Boat Speed. By simply adding a Wind transducer, sailors gain access to B&G’s award winning SailSteer feature, and by integrating with further sensors, sailors can unlock a whole host of other sailing features including True Wind and tide, making Vulcan a fantastic central navigation display for sailors.

Vulcan’s offerings are fully scalable and sailors can choose to take advantage of as many or as few sailing navigation features as they require. All data is shown relative to the boat — so it’s quick and easy to relate onscreen navigation to the realities of sailing.

Vulcan also excels on larger sailing boats, providing the perfect solution for a secondary display. Its flexible design allows it to be used in many locations including as a cockpit repeater, as additional support at the chart table, to provide navigation information in the owner’s cabin or even as a mast display. Vulcan is an easy addition to existing NMEA 2000® networks and enhances any large-scale navigation system.

When paired with a DownScan transducer, Vulcan offers sailors a unique perspective on what’s beneath the boat, thanks to Cruise Sonar – a picture-like representation of bottom structure. This technology aids the identification of anchoring or swimming spots and can also be used to identify areas that contain fish, for sailors who want to catch a meal!

Vulcan has a multi-touch screen and intuitive menus, so sailors can pinch-to-zoom and quickly swipe their way through options for fast and easy navigation. Compatible with GoFree wireless technology, thanks to built in Wi-Fi, sailors can control and view charts and many other features of Vulcan via a tablet—wherever they are on board. Navigators can even view data on a Smartphone and carry a chartplotter in their pocket! GoFree technology also allows for the download of software updates and purchasing of charts and apps via the GoFree Store when an Internet hotspot is enabled.

Leif Ottosson, CEO of Navico, parent company to B&G said: “Good things come in small packages, and we’re proud to welcome Vulcan to the B&G sailing-specific family of chartplotters.

“From its internal high speed GPS to SailSteer and WindPlot, every part of Vulcan has been designed to meet the unique needs of sailors, no matter the size of their boat. Vulcan provides longevity, as it can grow with a navigator’s need, thanks to being easily expandable.”


For Images and further information contact:
Anthony Chmarny
Navico PR EMEA
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+44 1794 510010

About B&G: The B&G brand is all about passion for sailing -  totally dedicated to the needs of sailors, whether cruisers, racers or Professionals, it is wholly owned by Navico, AS. Navico is currently the world’s largest marine electronics company and produces products under leading marine electronics brands: Lowrance, Simrad and B&G. Navico has approximately 1,500 employees globally and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide. www.navico.com

24 March 2015

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B&G Introduces Forwardscan™, Forward-Looking Sonar System

Sailors can now benefit from seeing what’s directly ahead of their bow

B&G, leading manufacturer of sailing navigation and instruments since 1955, is pleased to announce the launch of ForwardScan, a forward-looking sonar device perfect for finding anchoring spots and highlighting rocks and obstructions below the water’s surface.

Forwardscan allows sailors to avoid potentially dangerous areas and sail with confidence in unfamiliar waters, the ForwardScan echosounder/transducer can be fitted on sailing boats of every size. With an effective range of eight times the actual water’s depth, real time updates and a built-in configurable shallow depth alarm, B&G ForwardScan integrates seamlessly with other collision avoiding technologies, such as Broadband Radar; ensuring sailors avoid costly navigation mistakes.

ForwardScan combines with SonarHub and the B&G Zeus2 and Zeus2 Glass Bridge systems to provide a 2D representation of the water and bottom structure ahead, removing the need for a separate display and saving on precious helm space.

Leif Ottosson, CEO and President of B&G said: “This new, affordable forward-looking technology will help sailors eliminate the worry of potential groundings in unfamiliar waters and is up to ten times faster than many other forward sonar systems on the market today.

“ForwardScan provides navigators and skippers with peace of mind by showing obstacles in the water or the perfect spot to drop anchor and because it partners with B&G’s Zeus2 and Zeus2 Glass Helm chartplotters, there’s no need to fit another expensive display.”

The easy to use Forwardscan system, gives a clear 2D underwater depth view and at the same time also provides a depth interpretation, known as Heading Line View, that uses a clever colour coded heading line extension to illustrate shallow water (shown by a red line), medium water depth (yellow line) and deep water (Green).

Sailors can also learn from historical sonar logs, as the ForwardScan screen shows depth history in relation to the boat’s current position. ForwardScan sonar operates at 180kHz to reduce interference from tradition 200kHz echo sounders, so sailors get the clearest picture available of what’s up ahead.

ForwardScan images can also be viewed on a smartphone and viewed and operated from a tablet, when used on vessels equipped with the B&G GoFree™ WiFi-1 system.

ForwardScan sonar will be available from Spring 2015, the transducer retails for around €199/$199/£199 and a complete system is available from €699/$699/£699 (EX VAT) Please note that the SonarHub sounding system is required in order to use ForwardScan.

For more on why B&G sailing electronics are trusted by sailors across the globe, check out www.bandg.com.

25 February 2015

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GoFree™ shop now available on B&G® Zeus² and Zeus² Glass Helm

Industry leader adds GoFree cloud-based software update and mapping download capabilities to its advanced multifunction marine displays

B&G leader in the manufacture of instruments and marine electronics for sailing announced today the availability of the newly launched GoFree Shop and wireless, cloud-enabled features on its full line of Zeus2 and Zeus2 Glass Helm multifunction displays.

GoFree cloud-enabled technology gives users the capability to receive software updates that can be wirelessly downloaded and installed directly into B&G displays.

One of the most exciting new features is access to the online GoFree Shop directly from the home screen of a Zeus2 or Zeus2 Glass Helm display. B&G customers have the ability to purchase, download and immediately use Insight maps and other third-party maps from GoFree partners.

The GoFree technology also provides access to Insight Genesis®, free software that allows users to create custom inland and coastal maps from sonar logs recorded with their B&G sonar and chartplotter. It’s also a portal to the Insight Genesis social mapping community where user data is collected and shared with other users and has information on both inland and coastal waters from across the globe.

“With the addition of the GoFree cloud-enabled technology on our Zeus2 and Zeus2 Glass Helm displays, we have changed the face of electronic navigation,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico. “Sailors will be able to download charts and updates and upload sonar logs directly to the units on their boats. Sailors can get on their boats and go, confident that the charts and software they are using are the latest and most accurate versions, so they can make the most of their time on the water.”

To take advantage of the GoFree technology users must install the latest free software update. A 3G/4G phone signal or Wi-Fi is required to connect to the internet to access the GoFree shop. A Simrad WiFi-1 wireless module is also required.

For GoFree visit www.gofreemarine.com and Insight Genesis visit www.gofreemarine.com/insight-genesis.

25 February 2015

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B&G ForwardScan Wins Newport For New Products™ Best New Product Award

Newport, R.I. – Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today that ForwardScan from B&G of Merrimack, NH and Tulsa, OK, was named the 2014 Newport International Boat Show Newport For New ProductsTM (NFNP) award winner for Best New Navigation Product. The NFNP Awards are a highlight of the industry and are open to domestic and foreign products launched in the U.S. after April 1, 2014 that made their boat show debut at Newport. Judged on Thursday during the opening day of the Show, the B&G ForwardScan was selected by a team of industry experts on the basis of innovation, value to the consumer, safety and aesthetics.

On selecting the ForwardScan, judges’ comments included: “The B&G ForwardScan delivers something every boater should know – how deep is the water ahead of my boat? With a range of 10 times the depth of the water under the boat, this product is applicable for any boating type – whether yachting, power cruising, sailing or fishing – in any size boat and in any waters. What’s more, it is insanely affordable – this is a must have!”

The Newport International Boat Show opened on Thursday, September 11th and continues through Sunday, September 14th, 2014 along the Newport Waterfront on America’s Cup Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. One of the largest in-water boat shows in the country, this year’s event had over 750 exhibitors from around the world with an exceptional assortment of boats of every type and style from 15 to 110 feet, and a variety of accessories, equipment, electronics, gear and services for boaters. For more information on the 44th Annual Newport International Boat Show and the 9th annual Newport For New Products awards, please visit www.newportboatshow.com. Event updates are being posted as they become available and communicated on the show’s Twitter and Facebook accounts: @NewportBoatShow and www.facebook.com/newportboatshow, respectively.

Learn more about ForwardScan here.

About Newport Exhibition Group:

Based in Newport, Rhode Island, Newport Exhibition Group has produced the highest quality consumer/trade shows for more than 30 years. A subsidiary of Newport Harbor Corporation, the organization owns and produces the annual Newport Charter Yacht Show and the Newport International Boat Show. 


15 September 2014

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B&G Announced As Official Race Supplier Of Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15

B&G Sailing electronics to be fitted across all race boats and organiser vessels

Leading sailing marine electronics manufacturer B&G is proud to announce its role as an Official Race Supplier for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15. Following the decision by the Volvo Ocean Race team to purchase B&G navigation systems to equip the entire fleet of one-design Volvo Ocean 65 yachts, B&G will also be providing full electronic navigation systems, tactical software and race support to the organisers of the 2014 Volvo Ocean Race, which begins on the 4th October in Alicante, Spain.

Since the inception of the world-renowned Volvo Ocean Race, every competing team has relied on sailing instruments from leading manufacturers B&G to give them the knowledge to compete successfully in the race, and this is set to continue with the 2014 race. The newly designed Volvo Ocean 65 yachts benefit from a B&G system which has been developed from the ground up to specifically meet the demanding needs of the gruelling 39,000 nautical mile race.

Each boat has a vast array of equipment including Zeus2 Multifunction displays/chartplotters with CZone control, Broadband 4G Radar™, Class-B AIS systems, 20/20 HV displays and an instrument system based on WTP3 – the extremely powerful Wave Technology Processor that monitors the yacht's systems and eliminates the effects of boat motion from critical wind data. Integrated with wind, boat speed, heading, GPS, load cells, keel angle and rudder angle sensors - to name but a few – WTP3 provides the teams with highly accurate real time information.

As well as a complete line of B&G products, race participants will be supported at every stopover by a team of B&G specialists, they will also have access to 24/7 emergency technical assistance.

The Volvo Ocean Race technical, race and media teams are supplied with live data, which is transmitted from the B&G systems onboard the yachts to the race HQ in Alicante, this allows monitoring of each vessel, as well as providing an overview of current weather conditions.

Alan Davis, Product Line Director for B&G, said: "We have worked closely with the Volvo Ocean Race team and their partners to provide technical solutions to integrate the new Volvo Ocean 65's systems, and are jointly developing innovations for the race boats and committee boats of the future."

Jack Lloyd, Race Director from Volvo Ocean Race said: "In a race as high profile and challenging as the Volvo Ocean Race, it is essential that Race Control is up to date with the latest and most accurate race information, which is why we chose B&G to supply systems to both our race boats and our Race Control in Alicante."

B&G have a long winning history in Volvo Ocean racing, having helped navigators win all the previous events. For more information on the B&G range of marine electronics, whether for Grand Prix racers or cruising visit www.bandg.com. To keep an eye on the progress of the Volvo Ocean Race and its teams visit www.volvooceanrace.com.

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About B&G: The B&G® brand, which is dedicated to sailing, is wholly owned by Navico AS., a privately held, international marine electronics company. Navico is currently the world’s largest marine electronics company, and is the parent company to three well-established marine electronics brands: Lowrance, Simrad and B&G. www.navico.com.

10 December 2013

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B&G Proudly Supports Steinlager 2 Refit

B&G Proudly Supports Steinlager 2 Refit

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Having arrived back in NZ in July 2012, the legendary maxi ketch Steinlager 2 has undergone a major restoration. B&G was quick to jump on board and support a full electronics package including Zeus multi-function displays, VHF communications, 20/20 HV sailing instrument displays, 4G Broadband Radar, and additional performance modules like GoFree Wifi, SonicHub, and a wind, speed and depth pack. B&G electronics helped Steinlager 2 dominate in 1990, so it was only natural to be part of the refit.

Originally designed by Bruce Farr to race in the 1989/1990 Whitbread Round the World Race, Sir Peter Blake’s winning yacht will now carry out a new role as a youth development vessel taking students on training voyages around New Zealand. The NZ Sailing Trust worked with many leading marine manufacturers to restore Steinlager 2 to its original glory. Whilst making minimal modifications to retain the yacht’s original design and history, changes had to take place to house 3 crew, 2 teachers and up to 25 students –a far cry from the 14 crew who were on board with Sir Peter Blake back in 1990.

B&G’s support to the project means that the vessel is now equipped with all the latest technology to ensure the safety of the boat and all those on board is guaranteed. Designed by sailors for sailors, both crew and students can ensure they have total situational awareness at all times in all conditions. They can take advantage of the industry’s only marine electronics brand that is made specifically for sailing, so things like laylines, heading and COG, current layline, opposite tack layline, calculated tide, and key navigation data can be displayed and interpreted through the unique SailSteer screen on the Zeus multi-function display. This totally integrated system is so simple to operate that anyone new to the boat can quickly learn how to use it.

Tony Stevenson, NZ Sailing Trust Chairman, comments: “we are indebted to the team at B&G who embraced 'Steinies' restoration early on and were instrumental in all stages of design, supply and installation. Thanks to B&G, Steinlager 2 is now sporting an incredible electronics package that greatly assists the Trust deliver on all its programmes”.

The support given to this project is a testament to both Steinlager 2 and Sir Peter Blake’s legacy. The refit was supported with sponsorship of everything from anti-foul to new bunks, and she set sail again on November 25th on a 5 day voyage to Great Barrier Island with students on board from Auckland Grammar School’s Leadership Programme.

B&G look forward to continuing their relationship with Steinlager 2 and the NZ Sailing Trust in helping students to understand the ins and outs of sailing navigation. B&G’s online Academy will be an invaluable tool to students in this process.

04 December 2013

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New B&G Zeus² Multi-Touch Sailing Chartplotter

Zeus² dedicated sailing chartplotter, brings performance and integration to sailors' fingertips


Egersund, Norway –B&G the world's leading sailing navigation and instrument specialist is pleased to introduce the new Zeus² chartplotter. Packed full of B&G's dedicated sailing features, Zeus² is designed for cruising yachts, cruiser/racers and racing boats. Zeus² offers enhanced sail navigation features such as SailTime calculations, which display Time To Waypoint, Distance To Waypoint and Estimated Time of Arrival at waypoint using layline calculations.

Navigators and cruising enthusiasts alike will benefit from Enhanced Laylines, which offer the ability to view tacking angles on your Zeus² chartplotter, even without an active waypoint. While the Enhanced Tides sail navigation function offers internal tidal calculations and Navionics® Dynamic Tides and Currents data (requires Navionics Platinum+ cartography) to ensure a clear overview of tides and currents.

Zeus² also boasts SailSteer, a composite sailing screen unique to B&G, which combines key sailing data into one clear display. The SailSteer navigation screen shows Heading and COG, Current Layline, Calculated Tide, True Wind Angle indicator, Rudder Angle Indicator and Opposite Tack Layline to name but a few features. All data is shown relative to the boat — so it's quick and easy to relate to the realities of sailing.

Zeus² stands out from the crowd, with multi-touch screen and intuitive menus, sailors can pinch-to-zoom and quickly swipe their way through navigation options. Thanks to dual chart slots, navigators can choose to add C-MAP® and/or Navionics® mapping, Insight Genesis custom bathymetric maps and/or NV Charts.

From the ultra-fast processor, which offers seamless chart redraw and super sharp graphics, to the bonded glass, bright LED backlit screen, every inch of the Zeus² has been engineered to provide style and performance in the toughest of environments, whether racing or cruising.

Zeus² integrates seamlessly with the sailboat's network supporting Broadband 4G™ Radar, AIS, CZone Digital Switching, sensors, instruments and much more. Perfect for the sailor who likes to spend more time on the water than reading manuals, the Zeus² has an array of options to help improve on water navigation and maximise sailing success.

Zeus² is compatible with GoFree wireless technology when paired with a WIFI-1 module, so you can control and view charts, radar and many other features of the Zeus² via your tablet—wherever you are on board. You can even view data on your Smartphone and carry a chartplotter in your pocket!

Leif Ottosson, CEO of Navico, parent company to B&G said: "We're proud to welcome Zeus² as the latest member of the dedicated B&G sailing-specific family of chartplotters, navigational products and instrument systems. From the SailSteer screen to internal tidal calculations, every part of the Zeus² has been designed to meet the unique needs of sailors."

Zeus² chartplotters will be available from Spring 2014, with the Zeus² 7-inch starting from $1629 (SRP)/ €1399/£1185 Excl. VAT. To find out more about the B&G passion for sailing and the award-winning range of sailing electronics and navigational products, visit www.bandg.com.

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Navico PR
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About B&G:The B&G brand is all about passion for sailing - totally dedicated to the needs of sailors, whether cruisers, racers or Professionals, it is wholly owned by Navico, AS. Navico is currently the world's largest marine electronics company and produces products under leading marine electronics brands: Lowrance, Simrad and B&G. Navico has approximately 1,500 employees globally and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide. www.navico.com

19 November 2013

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B&G LAUNCHES NEW H5000 INSTRUMENT AND AUTOPILOT SYSTEM

H5000 sets the bar for performance, functionality and integration 

B&G is pleased to introduce the innovative new H5000 instrument and autopilot system, featuring the most powerful race-proven technology and advanced data processing available today.


The new H5000 system integrates exclusive sailing features and all of the critical instrumentation, sensors and sailing data together for fast analysis. At the centre of this powerful system is the H5000 Central Processing Unit (CPU), which has a dual processor capable of running up to 50 times faster than its closest rival.

The sophisticated H5000 CPU has 3 software options: Hydra, Hercules and Performance. This flexibility ensures that cruising and racing owners can choose the system best suited to them and upgrade according to their unique requirements.

The H5000 CPU supports the H5000 Pilot, a dedicated autopilot designed for the exacting needs of performance sailboats. The H5000 CPU also works with many existing H3000 sensors including Wind, Speed and Heel, making the switch to H5000 straightforward for current B&G users.

Designed to provide highly accurate, easy to read data, the H5000 system also integrates with existing B&G products such as the Zeus chartplotter range to provide the most cost effective and flexible instrumentation system available today – whether you are a serious cruiser or professional racer.

The sleek, compact system fits well into an established NMEA 2000® network or can itself be the heart of a new network of instruments. The H5000 system is comprised of:
H5000 Graphic Display: This high resolution, full colour, graphical display has a highly intuitive user interface and allows new ways of visualising sailing data in digital or graphical forms. The H5000 Graphic Display provides access to exclusive sailing features including the unique Start line function and SailSteer page. With a large 5-inch bonded screen, the H5000 Graphic Display delivers clear, accurate information to the user.

H5000 Race Display: An extremely low power, lightweight bonded display with digital backlit LCD screen that provides segmented text and numbers, for clear and easy to see information at a glance. The Race Display is designed for the racing sailor who needs the most accurate numbers, delivered fast.

H5000 Pilot: The record-breaking B&G Pilot has been refined and improved thanks to continued development with Grand Prix racing and cruising sailors. The H5000 Pilot has dedicated sailing algorithms, which allow this autopilot to meet the exacting needs of a performance sailboat and its crew – whether short-handed or just looking for an extra pair of hands.

H5000 Pilot Controller: Waterproof to IPx7, this compact Pilot display and control unit gives users dedicated access to the H5000 Pilot functions.
Browser-based setup: Connect your PC or tablet to the CPU’s Ethernet network to access to the most detailed parts of your H5000 system. An easy to use web-style portal lets you calibrate instruments, configure displays and choose from an array of features. You can also access product manuals, data backups and system diagnostics through this powerful configuration tool.

H5000 Modules: Choose from an array of precision sensors and modules including 3D Motion – providing Heel and Trim angles alongside Roll, Pitch and Yaw rates to provide H5000 users access to B&G’s unique motion correcting Wave Technology. A High Resolution Barometric pressure sensor with integrated air temperature and a network alarm module is also available. Sailors can choose from B&G’s wide range of performance sensors, which provide unlimited options for system customisation.

Leif Ottosson, CEO of B&G said: “B&G’s commitment to sailors has never been greater – the H5000 is the fruit of the most committed sailors and engineers in the marine electronics industry. We took the most celebrated instrument system available and bettered it, leading the way yet again and proving that B&G is a unique brand with unique values.
“This is just the start of a wave of new and exciting products to come from the B&G range in the coming months, we are continuously working hard to meet the needs of sailors, whose demands and expectations are our benchmark.”

An evolution of the leading H3000, the H5000 builds on the best sailing instrument and autopilot system on the market and makes it even better. B&G has spent countless man hours of research and development time refining and improving a system which has set the bar for sailors everywhere – collaborating with navigators to win Volvo Ocean Races, America’s Cups and the Vendee Globe.

The H5000 Instrument system will be available from Spring 2014, basic systems will be expected to start from $5,000 USD / €4,000/ £3,500 Excl. VAT. To find out more about B&G’s award-winning range of sailing electronics, tactical and navigational products, visit www.bandg.com

For Images and further information contact:
Lori Foster
Navico PR
[email protected]
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About B&G: The B&G brand is wholly owned by Navico, AS., a privately held, international marine electronics company. Navico is currently the world’s largest marine electronics company and is producing products under leading marine electronics brands: Lowrance, Simrad and B&G. Navico has approximately 1,500 employees globally and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide. www.navico.com

19 November 2013

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B&G Announces Advanced Sailing VHF Range

B&G debuts feature-packed VHF radio range for sailboats

B&G,the world leader in marine instruments, autopilot systems and navigation solutions for sailing, is pleased toannounce the new V50 fixed mount, Digital Selective Calling (DSC) VHF radio and the H50 Wireless Handset. The B&G V50 combines an inbuilt dual channel AIS receiver and the latest VHF functionality, while the H50 Wireless handset offers an impressive range and inductive wireless charging – great for use away from the chart table.


Class D compliant for global use, the new V50 sailing VHF also offers an integrated dual channel AIS receiver, which allows AIS reception and VHF use via just one antenna. In areas such as busy shipping lanes or bustling harbours, the V50 offers sailors the ability to see, hear and be heard for increased safety.

The B&G V50 also benefits from plug and play integration, which has many uses such as viewing another yacht’s DSC distress call from aZeus Touch chartplotter screen.

The V50 AIS/VHF radio has dedicated menu and channel keys, separate volume and squelch knobs and a Distress button, along with an ergonomic fist mic.The V50 has selectable Dual and TriWatch modes and a large internal speaker for clear audio.

Additional features include the ability store up to20 contacts with MMSI details directly onto the VHF and TrackYourBuddy™, which keeps you up to date with your friends’ positions by allowing you to connect your VHF DSC position polling with your chartplotter to show the location of up to three sailing friends on the chart display.

Leif Ottosson, CEO ofB&G said:“The new B&Gsailing VHF radios offerunrivalled functionality and flexibility, from AIS integration to the freedom to move around the sailboat with the H50 handset, this VHF system is the ultimate on water radio solution for every sailor.”

The innovative H50 remote handset is the perfect companion for the V50, offering a powerful and compact handheld solution. With a battery life of 8 hours and wireless charging, thanks to a unique induction plate on the back of the device, the H50 is energy efficient and always ready to use!

The B&G H50 has an impressive range from the VHF base and can act as an intercom between another H50 unit or the V50 base station – great for crew to navigator communication! The H50 also has a headphone jack and a belt clip for those who want to keep their hands free to trim sails or move freely.

The V50 is waterproof to JIS-7, with the H50 obtaining IPx7 standard. The V50 VHF and H50 are protectedby the B&G Advantage Service Program, which provides a whole host of benefits at no extra cost.

With expected availability from September 2013,the B&G V50 DSC VHF can be purchased from €399 Ex. VAT, the H50 handheld wireless device is available from €169 Ex VAT. For more information on the B&G V50 and H50, or B&G’s range of unique sailing electronics, please visit www.bandg.com


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13 September 2013

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Insight Genesis now available in UK and Europe

Marine Electronics Leader’s Enhanced Consumer-Level, Map-Making Tool Delivers New Level of Cartography and Situational Awareness

Navico, world leader in recreational marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G brands, announced today that its revolutionary personal map-generation tool, Insight Genesis™, is now available in selected European countries*.

Insight Genesis is a powerful service that uses sonar recordings from Broadband Sounder™ and StructureScan® sonar imaging transducers when connected to the Lowrance Elite HDI, HDS, Simrad Yachting NS Series and B&G Zeus multifunction displays. This tool provides boaters with the ability to create custom contour maps of their favourite fishing and boating areas. Whether mapping previously uncharted waters or ensuring surveyed water details are accurate and current, Insight Genesis delivers a new level of personal cartography and situational awareness.

Designed to meet the needs of inland, coastal and offshore boaters and anglers*, Insight Genesis is the only mapmaking tool that offers a choice of easy-to-generate depth shading, bottom composition and vegetation layer overlays on customised high-res contours and depth soundings. Data can be recorded and saved during multiple boating trips, giving individuals the ability to build a map over time to increase the coverage and quality of each map. Insight Genesis also features an automatic tide adjustment — using time and location of collected soundings to ensure map accuracy at any tide level for inshore, coastal and offshore data. Transforming the charting experience, Insight Genesis provides secure online storage of sonar logs, merged maps and critical trip and waypoint data — accessible from any internet-connected device. It does not require a specifically pre-programmed SD card like other solutions, as sonar logs and maps can be transferred directly from chartplotter to PC using a generic SD memory card.

Unlike other map generation tools, Insight Genesis provides individuals with a choice of either keeping recorded sonar data private or, with a community sharing option launching later this Autumn, users can choose to share selected trips with the Insight Genesis community.

“Insight Genesis demonstrates commitment to add value for Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G customers, offering the most comprehensive mapping options and best charting solutions on the market,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico. “Insight Genesis complements our supported Navionics®, Jeppesen C-MAP® and NV Charts™ cartography options, as well as an extensive collection of niche mapping-chart compatibility. It is a powerful solution that offers the most recent date specifics on boating and fishing areas, and provides a resource for boaters and anglers to save and retrieve trip information including sonar logs, maps, waypoints, weather detail and more.”

To create custom Insight Genesis maps, simply activate the standard sonar logging feature on a compatible multifunction display to record all subsequent sonar data to an SD card. Once recorded, users can upload the sonar log file to the Insight Genesis cloud service via a PC, where it is converted into a map. The chart and related sonar log can be viewed for free using an embedded web viewer or downloaded for onwater use on a Lowrance Elite HDI, HDS Gen2/Touch, Simrad NS Series or B&G Zeus Touch chartplotter. Downloads of the Insight Genesis maps can be purchased on an individual map basis or through an annual subscription service.

An Insight Genesis one-time map purchase, standard subscription and premium subscription are priced EX VAT at $19,95 download**, £123.00 /year and £247.00 /year, respectively. For more information on Insight Genesis, please visit https://insightstore.navico.com/insightgenesis.


For more information on the complete range of Lowrance, Simrad or B&G marine electronics, please visit www.lowrance.com, www.simrad-yachting.com and www.bandg.com.


*Available in Belgium, Denmark, Finland (restricted to inland use), France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden (restricted to inland use), Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

** download only available for purchase in USD

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02 August 2013

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B&G With Giovanni Soldini And Maserati For The Transpace Race

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A new challenge for Giovanni Soldini and Maserati: the 47th Transpac Race

Milan, Italy - B&G will support Giovanni Soldini and Maserati during their next challenge, the 47th edition of the Transpac Race, a classical race for sailors, that the Italian champion is going to take on together with an international team of professionals.


B&G will be again between the key names of sailing, for a new sportive challenge.

The Transpac, is the third challenge in just 12 months that the Maserati team have undertaken.In 2013, Soldini has tackled New York to Lizard Point and also set a new world record for the Golden Route - New York to San Francisco - all with the tactical advantage of having B&G equipment onboard.

Maserati sets off on the 13th July from Los Angeles and will reach Honolulu, Hawaii after 2,225 nautical miles. The route of the 52 yachts which have entered the race, 7 of which in Maserati's class, will start by the cliffs of Point Fermin, San Pedro, Los Angeles and end in front of the Diamond Head's lighthouse, Oahu.

The crew on board is composed of 9 professionals: Guido Broggi, Boris Herrmann, Corrado Rossignoli, Jianghe "Tiger" Teng, Gwenael Riou, Carlos Hernandez, Michele Sighel and John Elkann.

Soldini and Maserati will be able to rely on the award-winning technology of B&G. In particular, the team will be equipped with the H3000 system, perfect for demanding regattas and races, providing real time sailing data and information. One of the key features of the H3000 is the high performance autopilot with features specifically developed for sailing and provides excellent performance in the toughest conditions.

As in the past, also for this regatta, the reliability of the award-winning B&G Broadband 4GRadar will support Giovanni Soldini, providing a stunning visibility, with a working range of 36 nautical miles. The past year, in the North Atlantic waters, the B&G radar has been essential in identifying dangerous obstacles, such as icebergs, which were hard to see due the weather conditions.

Another winning tool for the team will be the Zeus 8 Multifunction display, a sailing-specific chartplotter for accurate navigation, which helps the sailor with tactical planning for sailing, thanks to the ability to use sailing-specific functions such as uploading GRIB weather files.

Other products will be available on board, as the GFD Graphical Function Display, the Fluxgate compass Halcyon 2000 & Halcyon Gyro, the vertical and horizontal Mast Head Wind transducers, the hull speed and depth sensors and also the rudder angle sensor and clinometer.

To date, the fastest time in the Transpac history belongs to a monohull Alfa Romeo, that completed the race in 2009 in 5 days, 14 hours and 36 minutes. The new challenge will start soon and B&G is ready to sustain the Italian champion in this new ambitious contest.

The video of the Soldini and Maserati's press conference is available on the Giovanni Soldini's You Tube page (http://bit.ly/16aWJxP). Please visit also the B&G You Tube page going clicking on http://www.youtube.com/user/BandGsailing .

For more information on the award-winning range of B&G electronics, please visit www.bandg.com. To find out more about Maserati and Giovanni Soldini check out http://maserati.soldini.it.


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10 July 2013

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B&G Launches Online Academy for all Sailors

B&G, leader in marine electronics for sailing, is pleased to announce the launch of its new online sailing academy. Devised to help all sailors, whether expert or novice, to brush up on their sailing theory and improve technique, the B&G Academy consists of  innovative e-learning tutorials designed by experienced sailing tutors.

The tutorials provide practical examples of key sailing techniques and topics – everything from the Wind Triangle to start lines, instruments to safety and race strategy is covered via animated video tutorials.

Whether a budding cruiser or a Vendée Globe hopeful, all you  have to do is sign up to gain access to the free B&G Academy content and take part in the tutorials.  Each tutorial comes complete with an interactive quiz to ensure that users have understood the information they have learned.

The tutorials not only provide key sailing data, they also allow users to identify areas where they wish to improve their knowledge further. With a matrix of tutorials that can be chosen from, participants can pick the topics they find most interesting. Completion of an entire tutorial level also brings with it rewards in the form of exclusive B&G merchandise.

Leif Ottosson, CEO of B&G said: “B&G has a history of providing the very best sailing electronics and continues to set the standard for sailors – we even helped the latest Vendee Globe 2013 winner to battle hostile seas and navigate ice gates with B&G equipment onboard.

“B&G is now set to share its vast collection of knowledge and help sailors of all levels and abilities to improve their sailing technique and confidence. Having the best equipment helps sailors keep safe and ahead of the competition, but we know that this isn’t the whole story- we want to provide a good knowledge base and up to date information to help them in every aspect of their sailing journey. That’s is why we’re proud to be the first marine electronics provider to launch tailored online e-learning for free!”

To find out more about B&G sailing electronics visit www.bandg.com and why not sign up for the B&G Academy and begin your journey to a better sailing future?

Choose your area of interest from the extensive tutorial matrix.

Learn fast with easy to understand video tutorials



24 April 2013

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B&G TO SHOWCASE RANGE AT HAMBLE BOAT SHOW

B&G — world leader in the design and manufacture of sailing instruments and navigation, is pleased to announce that it will be attending the Hamble Point Boat Show 27th-28th April.

The Hamble Boat Show is one of the most popular local on water shows in the UK, welcoming over 250 boats in both the sail and power arenas, visitors can explore new and used dayboats, sportsboats, cruisers and RIBs, as well as meeting the B&G team and finding out why they’re the world’s most trusted sailing electronics company.

As if that wasn’t enough, there are changes for visitors to make the most of B&G’s Spring Upgrade Campaign, where Cashback is offered on purchases of selected electronics. The award-winning Zeus Touch chartplotter has also entered into the spirit and is now available to buy from just £799!

So why not get down to the Hamble Boat Show this weekend to get advice on your Sailing electronics and make the most of the new sailing season!


23 April 2013

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B&G Spring Upgrade

Claim up to €1000* cash-back when you upgrade your electronics today.

B&G, the innovative leader in the design and manufacture of marine electronics for sailing, is pleased to announce the arrival of its Spring Upgrade Cash Back programme, perfect for helping customers make the most of the new season on the water and the money in their wallets!

From Saturday the 30th March 2013 through to the 1st June 2013 customers may submit for rebates when they purchase one of many award-winning B&G products, with the potential of receiving up to €1000* in cash-back.

B&G products eligible for the Cash Back Programme during this promotional period include selected Zeus and Zeus Touch chartplotter/multifunction displays, award-winning Broadband 4G Radar, the GoFree WIFI-1 wireless module, Triton instrument displays and much more!

For more information on the B&G spring upgrade, or for a closer look at the entire product range head to www.bandg.com/springupgrade

* Estimate based on a typical dual station installation.


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About B&G: The B&G brand is wholly owned by Navico, Inc., a privately held, international marine electronics company. Navico is currently the world’s largest marine electronics company and is producing products under leading marine electronics brands: Lowrance, Simrad and B&G. Navico has approximately 1,500 employees globally and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide. www.navico.com


02 April 2013

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Jeppesen and Navico Announce Compatible Mapping Products

C-MAP by Jeppesen Cartography Available on Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G Chartplottersand Multifunction Displays

ENGLEWOOD, COLO., February 14, 2013 — World navigation expert, Jeppesen, and Navico — the worldleader in recreational marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G brands— have teamed up to provide consumers with a new charting option. C-MAP MAX-N now provides boaters andfishermen with an enhanced navigational experience by offering C-MAP by Jeppesen cartography for Lowrance,Simrad Yachting and B&G brand chartplotters and multifunction displays. C-MAP MAX-N will be compatible atlaunch with Lowrance Elite-7, HDS Gen1, Gen 2 and Gen2 Touch; Simrad NSS, NSE and NSO; as well as B&GZeus Touch multifunction displays.

“We are excited to partner with Navico, one of the world’s foremost manufacturers of marine electronics,” saidJames Detar, Jeppesen portfolio management director. “We are proud to work together to offer their customers aseamless, best-in-class navigation solution for boaters and anglers around the globe.”

“With C-MAP by Jeppesen charts on board, we are able to give boaters and anglers an information-rich view oftheir world on the water,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico. "We will continue to define the future of marinenavigation, as we work with industry-leading data providers for best-in-class charting compatibility and unrivaledproduct integration with our family of chartplotters and multifunction displays.”

About JeppesenJeppesen is a market-leading provider of vessel operations services and digital navigation solutions, based onworldwide vector chart data type approved to ISO19879, meteorological information and transmissiontechnologies. Jeppesen offers a wide range of navigation and operations products and services to bothrecreational and commercial marine markets. Safety-conscious boaters and operators of vessels ranging fromcoastal to SOLAS class, rely on Jeppesen for innovative navigation solutions that improve safety and efficiency.

Jeppesen is a subsidiary of The Boeing Company. Jeppesen corporate information is available online atjeppesen.com.

About Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G: The Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G brands are whollyowned by Navico, Inc. A privately held, international corporation, Navico is currently the world’s largestmarine electronics company, and is the parent company to leading marine electronics brands: Lowrance,Simrad Yachting and B&G. Navico has approximately 1,500 employees globally and distribution in more than100 countries worldwide. www.navico.com

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14 February 2013

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B&G ANNOUNCES ZG100 GPS ANTENNA

Romsey, UK.
B&G, the world leader in marine instruments, autopilot systems and tactical software solutions for sailing, is pleased to announce the new ZG100 high precision GPS antenna with a built-in compass. Compatible with all Zeus navigational systems, this highly accurate GPS antenna offers enhanced functionality and situational awareness for all sailors.


The B&G ZG100 best-in-class GPS/GLONASS antenna with integrated e-Compass/Gyro, is a rugged precision positioning and heading sensor that ensures access to exact vessel orientation. In addition to reliable location information, when used with a B&G Zeus navigational system, the ZG100 greatly enhances navigational data by providing course over ground (COG) information at any speed and enabling radar overlay on charts.


Delivering a configurable update rate — 1Hz, 5 Hz or 10Hz — for smooth and precise location updates, the GPS antenna features an advanced chipset that offers enhanced time-to-first-fix and supports multiple Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). The highly precise antenna will also communicate with GPS, GLONASS and WAAS/EGNOS/MSAS. The B&G ZG100’s compact size and NMEA2000® antenna compatibility enables ease of installation anywhere on a vessel, allowing boaters to select the ideal mounting site for optimal positioning and best performance.


Leif Ottosson, CEO of B&G said: “The new ZG100 GPS antenna is the perfect complement to B&G’s award-winning Zeus sailing navigational systems. Both recreational and professional sailors will benefit from the feature-packed new GPS antenna for exceptional location and situational awareness.”


Available from April 2013, the B&G ZG100 GPS can be purchased from authorised dealers and distributors for €215 ex VAT. For more information on the ZG100, B&G Zeus navigation systems or the entire range of B&G marine electronics, visit www.bandg.com.




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Navico Holding Acquires Sportmanship Marin AB

Romsey, UK.

Navico — the world leader in recreational marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands today announces the acquisition of its Swedish distributor, Sportmanship Marin AB.

This acquisition strengthens Navico’s long term go to market strategy, whilst maintaining and utilising existing relationships in Sweden. Business will continue to operate without interruption in the new subsidiary with all current employees retaining their positions and customers will benefit from a more direct relationship with Navico.

“Despite the tough climate we’ve faced within recent years in the marine market, Sportmanship Marin has continued to increase market share, which we believe relates directly to an innovative product offering from Navico and the hard work and dedication of the staff here in Sweden,” said Fredrik Lewren, CEO of Sportmanship Invest (former parent company to Sportmanship Marin). “With Navico at the helm of Sportmanship Marin, our existing customers will gain access to further expertise and a streamlined supply chain. It also allows Sportmanship Invest to realise their ambition of focusing the group in the direction of sports and fashion.”

Leif Ottosson, CEO of Navico said: “We have been extremely satisfied with Sportmanship Marin as a distributor over the past few years, but in an ever challenging market, it is important that we build a closer working relationship with our customers to ensure we are satisfying their needs in the best possible way. Navico has established a strong product development process, releasing innovative new products to the market every month, and we now strive to become a world-class partner to our customers. This acquisition will help us to achieve this goal in one of our key territories.”

Sportmanship Marin AB has distributed the Navico brands with great success in Sweden over the past years alongside the worldwide leader in marine hardware, Lewmar. Sportmanship Marin will continue to distribute Lewmar products in Sweden.

For more information on Navico, or its entire line of Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G marine electronics, please visit www.navico.com.

  

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About Navico: A privately held, international corporation, Navico is currently the world’s largest marine electronics company, and is the parent company to leading marine electronics brands: Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G. Navico has approximately 1,500 employees globally and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide. www.navico.com

04 February 2013

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TripCon app now available for B&G GoFree wireless solution

B&G, leader in marine electronics for sailing, is pleased to announce that the TripCon logbook PC application is now compatible with B&G Zeus Touch multifunction displays, when used in conjunction with the GoFree WIFI-1 module.

The TripCon PC application captures and stores essential elements of a boating journey to create a dynamic, digital logbook. Users can access vital pieces of information regarding their journey using TripCon, thanks to instant data sharing via the NMEA 2000® protocol from the B&G Zeus Touch multifunction display.

Information displayed from the B&G Zeus Touch includes a mirror image of the chartplotter screen within the TripCon log, as well as dynamic data such as wind speed, heading, chart position, air temperature and much more. This allows TripCon users to create highly accurate logbooks without having to manually enter information or transfer between their PC and chartplotter to access data.

TripCon log entries can also be enhanced by adding photos, audio, video streams and comments, then shared at the push of a button as printouts, slideshows, Facebook posts or GoogleEarth™ overlays.

Robert Langford-Wood, Product Manager for B&G, said: “The TripCon PC app allows B&G Zeus Touch users to create detailed and accurate logs of their journeys, without having to leave the chart table.

“No longer does a navigator have to spend hours painstakingly creating logs – with TripCon, B&G Zeus Touch and GoFree wireless, a log can be automatically created in seconds and users can even upload their adventures to Facebook to share with others!”

Dr. Uwe Lang, Director of, EES GmbH, creators TripCon said: “The TripCon PC application is incredibly versatile and users can add comments and edit logs to create an entirely bespoke digital log – this is the first time that sailors have been enabled to submit logs to web pages, social media and email whilst including data taken directly from a B&G multifunction display, without first having to manually input information.

“The TripCon PC application marks the start of a digital revolution, it is technology that makes live easier and more interactive onboard your boat.”

The TripCon PC application is available thanks to the GoFree Developer Toolkit, which makes the GoFree open protocol available for use by application developers. If you are interested in developing an application for use with GoFree, please contact [email protected]

For more information on the TripCon PC application, please visit www.tripcon.de.

To find out how B&G Zeus Touch and GoFree wireless can free your navigator from the deck and give you the racing advantage visit www.bandg.com

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About B&G: The B&G brand is wholly owned by Navico, Inc., a privately held, international marine electronics company. Navico is currently the world’s largest marine electronics company and is producing products under leading marine electronics brands: Lowrance, Simrad and B&G. Navico has approximately 1,500 employees globally and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide. www.navico.com

25 January 2013

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B&G Reveals New Triton HV Displays

New HV Displays add to the celebrated Triton sailing navigation system

B&G, the world leader in instruments, autopilot systems and tactical software solutions for sailors, is pleased to announce the new range of Triton HV Displays. These practical displays are dedicated for use on the mast, providing cruising and club racing sailors with high quality, professionally proved systems.

Complementing the Triton Instrument Display and Triton Pilot, these new mast displays benefit from B&G’s unique LCD display bonding process to provide unrivaled contrast with zero risk of condensation, coupled with LED backlighting for outstanding clarity and longevity.

Available as 10/10 and 20/20 Triton HV Display format, users can select display data via their Triton Instrument Displays and even change backlight options (20/20 only). Whether looking for True Wind Angle, COG or SOG, getting the crucial information in the right place is simple, as Triton HV Displays provide an answer for every need.

Installation of Triton HV Displays is straightforward due to the use of industry standard connectors. Triton HV Displays have wide compatibility with networked products and will fit perfectly into existing B&G marine electronic systems.

Leif Ottosson, CEO of B&G said: “The Triton Navigation system has already gained a reputation for excellence with cruising and racing yachtsmen alike. These new Triton HV Displays only serve to strengthen this and offer more choice to the wider yachting market.”

Adding to the practicality of the new mast displays, owners of the Triton Instrument Display are also set to benefit from a free software update. This update, known as RTM 2, enables increased functionality such as Windplot – a wind trend histogram, engine data support, heel angle data support, air temperature data display and expanded language profiles such as Norwegian, Swedish and Croatian. This update also enhances the representation of analogue screens, which now include Rudder, Heel and alarm functions.

Triton HV Displays will be available in December 2012, perfect for a winter installation, and the displays are priced from just €539 (ex VAT). The brand new Triton Instrument Display software update will be available for free from 16th November 2012. For more info visit www.bandg.com



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01 November 2012

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Sailing Specific Navigation At A Touch

B&G brings Touch Sensible™ technology to new Multifunction Display range


B&G, the world leader in instruments, autopilot systems and tactical software solutions for sailors, is pleased to announce the new Zeus Touch range of multifunction displays. These unique sail-specific networked devices are packed full of functionality and are easy to use thanks to the intuitive Touch Sensible interface.

Joining the award-winning Zeus sail navigation family, the new Zeus Touch includes all of the sail specific functionality familiar to Zeus users such as configurable layline overlay, water and ground vectors and adds even more features.

Zeus Touch provides enhanced SailTime calculations, which removes reliance on Estimated Time of Arrival and distances that only prove useful for powerboats. Laylines have been maximised to allow view of tacking angles on the chart, even without an active waypoint.

Tide information has also been optimised with internal tide calculations, which include Navionics® Dynamic Tides and Current data when used with Navionics® cartography, to ensure a clear overview of surrounding tides and currents.

Zeus Touch introduces SailSteer – a brand new feature that combines essential sailing data into one clear and informative composite screen. All information is shown relevant to the user’s boat and can be displayed alongside Chart, Radar or other function screens.

The user configurable SailSteer screen includes; Heading and COG, Current Layline, Calculated Tide, True Wind Angle indicator, Rudder Angle Indicator and Opposite Tack Layline. It also highlights Navigation Data including active waypoint, Mag/True heading reference and Magnetic Variation. SailSteer also integrates a Compass Scale, which provides True Wind Direction, Tide Set, Opposite Tack Heading and Bearing to Waypoint.

The use of touchscreen in combination with minimalist keypad and a rotary controller ensures that even in the roughest seas, the navigator is always in ultimate control and ready to make race-winning decisions.

The Zeus Touch is the key to your entire network, compatible with a wide range of performance modules including Broadband Radar™, AIS, CZone digital switching, ZG-series GPS antennas, Triton Pilot and SonicHub™ entertainment, Zeus Touch is the sailor’s solution.

Zeus Touch is also wireless enabled, as when combined with the B&G WIFI-1™ GoFree hardware, users can control their displays using a tablet or view data with their smartphones in combination with the GoFree Controller app. Perfect for checking up on data whilst at the bow or below deck and freeing crew up to undertake tasks without being tied to the wheel.

Thanks to the GoFree open protocol system, users can choose from a potentially unlimited number of apps to use with the Zeus Touch and tablets or smartphones. Those interested in creating their own apps for use with Zeus Touch and a wireless device can also apply to become developers with the GoFree Developer Toolkit.

Leif Ottosson, CEO of B&G said: “Zeus Touch provides sailors with truly tailored sailing navigation, from the SailSteer screen to having the freedom of the entire yacht when using GoFree.

Easy integration with the addition of modules such as Broadband Radar, sensors and AIS means that never before have sailors had such easy access to specific features and functions to help them make the most out of every race, regatta or weekend cruise.”

The Zeus Touch Multifunction Display range is available in 6.4” Zeus Touch 7, 8” Zeus Touch 8 and 12.1” Zeus Touch 12. Available in January 2013 and perfect for a winter installation, Zeus Touch 7 is priced from just €1330 (ex VAT). To receive information on GoFree application development contact [email protected], or more information on the entire range of B&G marine electronics visit www.bandg.com.


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B&G Electronics Chosen For New Dehler 38’ Range

B&G, leader in marine electronics navigation and instruments for sailing, is pleased to announce that its award-winning range of marine electronics are set to be standard fit on the beautiful new Dehler 38’.

The brand new Dehler 38’, the latest addition to the highly sought after Dehler range which is known for its elegance, performance and high quality, has been equipped with a range of B&G instruments.

The Dehler 38’ ‘Competition plus upgrade package’ for more performance includes the race-winning H3000 system, the most accurate instrument system and computer processing network outside of grand prix racing, which helps racers get the best data from their sensors. While the Dehler 38’ standard edition makes the most of the easy to use Triton Instrument Display, with its super bright screen and bonded glass display for zero condensation. It also welcomes on board a sailing-specific chartplotter/navigation device from the popular Zeus range, which offers features such as layline chart overlay, wind histograms, GRIB Weather overlay and much more.

Ralf Tapken, Sales Manager for Dehler said: “From the B&G Triton, which is packed full of sailing-specific features, to the B&G race H3000 components for our Dehler 38’ ‘competition’, B&G offers the perfect solution for these dynamic and elegant yachts.

 “Whether our customers are racing in a regatta or just out to cruise for the day with the whole family, we’re confident that their B&G electronics will help them make the most out of the beautifully crafted and intelligently designed Dehler 38’.”

 Alan Davis, Product Line Director for B&G said: “B&G is a brand with more history in sailing and racing than practically any other, we’ve learned from over fifty years of creating marine electronics that boat owners want accurate data, responsive systems and easy to use products.

 “Which is why we’re proud to be standard fit on Dehler 38’ boats, as we know that their customers always demand the best and highest quality from every element of their boats – right down to proven, race-winning electronics.”


For more information on the B&G range of marine electronics, please visit www.bandg.com. For more information on all Dehler models and your local dealers please visit www.dehler.com


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About B&G: The B&G brand is wholly owned by Navico, Inc., a privately held, international marine electronics company. Navico is currently the world’s largest marine electronics company and is producing products under leading marine electronics brands: Lowrance, Simrad and B&G. Navico has approximately 1,500 employees globally and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide. www.navico.com

01 November 2012

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‘Shop-in-Shop’ Wins Prestigious Award

Key marine electronics brands scoop prize for unique buying experience 

Romsey, UK – Leading marine electronics brands Lowrance, Simrad and B&G have set the standard for the marine retail market by winning both Gold and bronze accolades in the prestigious UK & Ireland POPAI (Point of Purchase) Awards, for their bespoke ‘shop-in-shop’ installations.

The UK & Ireland POPAI awards are the benchmark for the point of sale industry and the offering from Lowrance, Simrad and B&G took the prize in a category that also included technology brands such as Samsung, Phones4U and Asus. The brands also scooped the bronze position in the overall Display of the Year award, beating 218 other nominated companies.

President and Chief Executive Officer for Navico, Leif Ottosson said: “We are delighted to have been recognised for the new shop-in-shop installations, our aim was to ensure customers experience the look, feel and use of a product without having to leave the store or set foot on the water.

“Winning the POPAI accolades just shows that what is ground-breaking within the marine industry is also setting a benchmark for the consumer retail market. As the global leader in marine electronic innovations, it is important to us to be able to demonstrate to our retailers that we can offer hands on experience in a very successful format.”

The shop-in-shop is funded as a joint venture between Lowrance, Simrad and B&G and their retailers, there are currently in the region of 20 modules installed throughout Europe, with a further 50 stores lined up for fit out in the coming months. The shop-in-shop sets itself apart from existing marine in store displays, having been designed by European retail specialists Alrec in conjunction with the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G teams and retailers.

Alrec, who create in store experiences globally for companies such as HP, Sony and Diesel clothing, worked with Lowrance, Simrad and B&G’s marketing experts to create in store solutions that would fit exactly with the needs of both the marine consumer and marine stores.


 

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31 October 2012

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Arcona Yachts Choose B&G

Leading Swedish Yacht Company Choose B&G

Global leader in marine electronics for the sailing market, B&G is pleased to announce, that luxury sailing yacht manufacturers Arcona have chosen to fit B&G electronics as standard on their entire range of performance cruising yachts. Arcona Yachts, known for steel framed construction of its yachts and resulting fast pace in races right across Europe, provide a range of six beautifully crafted models, which vary in size between 34-46ft.

These award-winning boats will be complete with B&G Triton instrument displays for speed, depth, wind and much more. Triton is the best in class sailing instrument display with an LCD bonded glass screen for the ultimate in clarity, zero condensation and a massive 170 degree viewing angle.

All yachts will also utilise the award-winning Zeus-8 sailing navigation system, which provides sailing specific functions from chart layline overlay and GRIB weather via USB download, to Broadband 4G™ Radar compatibility for uncompromised on water safety.

Arcona Twin Wheel yachts will feature a DI10 on the second wheel as a complementary display to the Zeus chartplotter. Arcona will also be offering purchases the option to fit their new yachts with Broadband 3G™ Radar, Broadband 4G™ Radar and the race-winning H3000 system.

Alan Davis, Product Line Director for B&G said: “B&G marine electronics are designed for the most demanding and uncompromising sailors in the world. Whether offshore racing or bluewater cruising, products such as Triton instrument displays and Zeus sailing navigation provide Arcona owners with the best equipment possible, as standard.”

Torgny Jansson, Managing Director of Arcona Yachts said: “Arcona is proud to offer outstanding yachts for people who enjoy being on the water, from racing to luxury cruising. B&G complements our range of wonderfully designed prestige yachts with the best marine electronics and support services available.”

Christian Olsson, Managing Director of B&G’s Swedish Distribution partner, Sportmanship Marin said: “It is a true pleasure for us to strengthen our relationship with Arcona, one of Sweden´s most famous brands. B&G and Arcona are a very good combination, aiding everyone from performance cruisers, to those on racecourses across Europe. Adding local support from Sportmanship Marin, ensures that customers will enjoy a flawless experience, allowing them to be ahead of all others at sea.”

For more information on Arcona Yachts visit www.arconayachts.se, to find out why B&G is the only choice for race winners and leisure cruisers visit www.bandg.com

02 August 2012

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