by Steve Lague

We are in the middle of a technology revolution in the marine industry. Over the past two years we have seen fishfinder/GPS combos develop into command centres that can run everything from the boats electronics to lights and entertainment. Even engine gauges and autopilot systems can be monitored through the latest multifunction display systems. We are even starting to see the introduction of watches and other gadgets that can be used to monitor or control all of these functions remotely.
One of the coolest of these new “gadgets” is the Garmin Nautix, an innovative head-mounted display technology that you clip onto your glasses and read like a heads-up display on a car.
We first told you about the Nautix, which is compatible with the Garmin GPSMap Series, when it was launched last month. Yesterday, at the Sydney International Boat Show we were provided with our first chance to experience the technology first hand.

The Garmin Nautix can be used in a number of different scenarios including cruising, fishing and sailing. For the latter it means the skipper can have vital information like the countdown clock, time to burn and distance the start line right in front of them all the time during the pre-start manoeuvres. With the swipe of a finger on the side of the Garmin Nautix that information can be changed so you have wind direction, sailing angle or any other information that is going to help. There are 13 windows available so virtually any information you have on your Garmin electronics can be displayed on the Nautix.
After wearing the device for a short time it was easy to imagine that you would quickly become used to having the display right in front of your eye. Only weighing 30g means the extra weight is not going to be an issue, it is completely waterproof and the battery will last eight hours before needing charging.
For the serious fisherman it means you could constantly monitor water depth, or temperature, without having to turn away and check the sounder. The same functions could be used when navigating shallow or difficult waters.
One thing I would do is ensure the glasses were well secured, losing them overboard would be very expensive.