by Steve Lague

It may be way too early in the year to start thinking about Christmas presents but Garmin has just released the perfect gift for any boatie, its new generation quatix 3 GPS watch. But is far more than just a watch with a full navigational and marine toolset for fishing, cruising and sailing. It can also be used to stream NMEA 2000 data from compatible onboard Garmin marine electronics as well as provide the user with the ability to control Garmin VIRB action cameras and Fusion stereo systems remotely.
Built to withstand the harsh marine environment, the quatix 3 features a 3-axis electronic compass, barometer, and auto-calibrating altimeter, and is pre-loaded with marine-specific feature sets. You can also download features specific to your local region giving you up to date information on things like tides.
For fisherman it comes with some very handy features like a competition timer and fish catch log so you can keep track of what they have caught and how long they have before they have to get back for the weigh-in. For sailors, it has a race countdown timer, distance to start line, and time to burn feature.
The watches come standard with a sunlight-readable colour display with LED backlight, making it easy to read in any light. As you would expect it is water resistant to 100m, has a scratch-resistant domed sapphire lens with glass-fibre reinforced housing to ensure it is tough enough to withstand the many knocks and bumps it is likely to receive out on the water.
The battery will last for up to 20 hours when the watch is being used in GPS mode, 50 hours in UltraTrac mode and six weeks in watch mode (depending on settings).
The Garmin quatix 3 is also Connect IQ compatible, so users can customise their watch with a variety of watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps.
It has a recommended retail price of $899.