Navico, the parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands, has announced the release of the Precision-9 compass which delivers heading and rate-of-turn information with an enhanced level of accuracy to Simrad, Lowrance and B&G autopilots, radars and navigational systems over an NMEA 2000® connection.
Navico says the compass incorporates 'a sophisticated solid-state sensor array measuring motion on nine separate axes'. Data from all nine axes is used to calculate the most accurate heading and rate-of-turn information possible, which Navico says avoids common limitations of conventional fluxgate electronic compasses. Once the compass is calibrated, it delivers heading accuracy of ±2 degrees, with a pitch and roll range of ±45 degrees.
Measuring 4.69-inches across and 1.42-inches tall, the compact compass housing on an easily-adjustable mounting bracket allows the unit to be installed on any vessel, in almost any location. It also may be mounted directly to any flat surface, and external up-mast installations are possible to avoid magnetic interference from steel hulls. Installation is further simplified by NMEA 2000 connectivity, with a single cable carrying both power and data.
The new Precision-9 Compass is scheduled for February 2016 availability from authorised distributors throughout the APAC region at $939 RRP AUD and $1089 RRP NZD. For more information on the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G Precision-9 Compass or to find an authorised dealer, please visit: