Marine Electronics Leader Introduces a Variety of New, Innovative Products in Conjunction with the 2013 Miami International Boat Show
Tulsa, Okla. – Lowrance, a world-leading brand in marine electronics since 1957 and GPS navigational systems since 1992 — announced today, in conjunction with the 2013 Miami International Boat Show, the latest addition to its VHF product Line, the Link-2 DSC VHF/GPS handheld marine radio and the new high-precision Point-1 GPS antenna with a built-in compass.
The Lowrance Link-2 is a feature-rich, free-floating, handheld Class D digital selective calling (DSC) compliant VHF radio that offers Man Over Board (MOB) functionality and storage for up to 300 waypoints. Ideal for everyday use or convenient storage in an emergency kit, the Link-2 features a built-in GPS receiver and the added convenience of a simple plotter with Great Circle waypoint navigation. Rugged and reliable, the radio is equipped with a large 128x128 pixel LCD with adjustable contrast settings and backlighting, enhanced 700mW speaker, and prominent channel display that is easy to view in both bright sunlight and at night. Offering Lowrance's exclusive "Track-Your-Buddy" feature, users can pinpoint and display the exact location of other vessels using position polling techniques. The handheld's "Get Buddy" feature transmits the radio's position with a simple push of a button, allowing buddies to receive bearing and distance data from the radio on other Link-2 units. The feature-packed Link-2 VHF/GPS marine radio also includes a choice of high or low (5W to 1W) transmission power; latitude, longitude and time display; a distress call button with hinged door; the ability to select and program up to three favorite channels on a dedicated key; flexible dual- and tri-watch for greater channel monitoring; weather alerts; plus an easily accessible buddy list of up to 20 people. The unit comes with a belt clip, wristband, rubber duck antenna, desktop charger with 120V AC wall adapter and a 7.4V 1400mAh Li-ion battery pack. Providing additional convenience, the handheld's power-saving circuitry allows the radio to hold a battery charge for up to 11 hours while under GPS function and is NMEA 0183 compatible when in the charger dock.
Lowrance Point-1 GPS Antenna
Offering unparalleled accuracy around the world, the Lowrance Point-1 GPS/GLONASS antenna with integrated e-Compass/Gyro is a rugged precision positioning and heading sensor that ensures access to stable and smooth vessel orientation. In addition to reliable location information, when used with a compatible Lowrance HDS Gen2, HDS Gen2 Touch or Elite-7 series display, the Point-1 greatly enhances navigational information by providing accurate, precise course over ground (COG) data at any speed and enabling radar overlay on charts. Delivering a configurable update rate — 1Hz, 5Hz or 10Hz — for smooth and precise location updates, the GPS features an advanced chipset that offers enhanced time-to-first-fix and supports multiple Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). The high-precision antenna will also communicate with GPS, GLONASS and WAAS/EGNOS/MSAS. The Lowrance Point-1's compact size and NMEA 2000® compatibility enable ease of installation anywhere on a vessel, allowing boaters to select the ideal mounting site for optimal positioning and performance.
"The Lowrance Link-2 VHF and Point-1 GPS/Compass represent the innovative technologies boaters expect from Lowrance," said Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico. "Our Link-2's combination of location-awareness, advanced features and high-performance VHF functionality increases safety and allows boaters to make the most of their time on the water, while Point-1 provides our top-selling Lowrance multifunction displays with reliable and spot-on positioning for truly smooth performance."
Available April 2013, the Lowrance Link-2 VHF radio and Point-1 GPS antenna can be purchased from authorized dealers and distributors throughout the United States and Canada for US $199 each. Both products are protected by a 2-year limited warranty, and are supported for an additional three years by the Lowrance 5-Year Advantage Program. For more information on the Lowrance Link-2, Point-1, the entire line of Lowrance marine electronics or to locate an authorized Lowrance dealer, please visit www.lowrance.com.
About Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G: The Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G brands are wholly owned by Navico, Inc. 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