by Dom Wiseman

If you haven’t heard of Lowrance, Simrad or B&G we’d suggest you’ve been living under a rock such is the awareness of these brands among boaters and anglers. What you may not know is that they are all owned by parent company Navico, the largest manufacturer of marine electronics in the world.
Following on from a number of new releases in the early part of 2016 across the various brands they have just announced the arrival of the new Precision-9 Compass. It will be compatible with all Simrad, Lowrance and B&G autopilots, radars and navigation systems that are NMEA 2000 compatible. The device provides both heading and rate of turn data with improved accuracy.
Internally the Precision-9 Compass operates on a solid state sensor array measuring motion across nine separate axes with data from all nine being used to calculate an incredibly accurate reading. The accuracy, once calibrated, is effective down to plus or minus two degrees on headings and a pitch and roll angle of forty-five degrees.
The compact housing measures just shy of 4.7 inches (120mm) across and is 1.5 inches (38mm) tall making it ideal for tight installations. It is also comes with an adjustable mounting bracket making installation on any flat surface or external position such as on the mast, which helps to avoid interference on steel hulls, an easy operation. A single cable supplies power and data via the NMEA 2000 connectivity.
“Navigational accuracy is critical to our core values of enhancing anglers’ enjoyment on the water, and helping to keep them safe,” said Navico CEO, Leif Ottosson. “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 Precision-9 compass releases is available from all authorised dealers at a recommended retail price of $939.