by Dom Wiseman

Simrad have added the new Simrad® GO12 XSE and GO7 XSR to their top selling GO standalone chartplotter series. Both units are multi-touch chartplotters and perfect for power boat owners looking for a stand alone navigation product. Often boat owners will opt to have a plotter on one screen and sonar on the other and these stand alone units offer affordable quality images with the GO12 XSE a new 12 inch display while the GO7 XSR has a restyled glass helm mount design and now includes radar compatability.

Both units have bright displays linked to an easy to use interface. This is coupled with intuitive multi-touch controls similar to those used on modern smartphones. You can tap the screen to create or select waypoints, pinch to zoom or expand and tap and drag across charts. Both have split-screen views that can be adjusted while customizable panel layouts add a dimension of customisation making use simple for new or the uninitiated.

Existing users will find both units compatible with Simrad Broadband 3G/4G™ and Halo Radar systems (with both units’ internal GPS receiver offering accurate location), StructureScan® HD and CHIRP Sonar, autopilot integration for precision control, engine data monitoring, full audio entertainment connectivity with SonicHub®2, built-in wireless connectivity and the powerful Simrad TripIntelTM trip computer.

The Simrad GO12 XSE and GO7 XSR also connect to NMEA 2000® compatible sensors to display engine data, fuel flow, fluid level, speed, heading and water temperature.

“Our continued focus is to increase value for boaters, while delivering more enjoyment on the water,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico. “We want to make it easier for boaters to have more fun, and the new GO12 XSE and GO7 XSR standalone chartplotters are the perfect combination of loaded features at an incredible price. The new displays offer boaters better visibility and more useful navigation technology tools than comparable units from other manufacturers. Most of all, they’re incredibly easy to learn and use.”

The GO7, GO9 and GO12 standalone chartplotters now feature an unlockable add-on feature, VelocityTrack for Halo Pulse Compression Radar Systems. It uses the Doppler effect or the change in frequency or wavelength of an object relative the observer to to determine whether a target is closing, diverging or stationary relative to your position. It highlights closing or approaching targets and allows users to determine relevant targets to track and ignore targets that are not a collision risk.

GO12 XSE and GO7 XSR displays will be available in late 2017 and can display sonar when coupled with a suitable transducer.