Garmin AIS 300, first NMEA 2000 receiver

Today Garmin announced the $500 AIS 300, the first receiver to output NMEA 2000 as well as 0183.  Which means that if you're in Miami like I am, you can not only check out Garmin's new GPSMap 700 series, and the new top-of-line 6- and 7000 series, but what's also becoming quite the line-up of VHF and AIS choices.  Oh, plus HomePort and N2K/analog adaptors; is Garmin on a roll or what?  Actually the show doors open tomorrow, but today there are demo cruises ...

10th February 2010.
By Ben Ellison

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Today Garmin announced the $500 AIS 300, the first receiver to output NMEA 2000 as well as 0183.  Which means that if you’re in Miami like I am, you can not only check out Garmin’s new GPSMap 700 series, and the new top-of-line 6- and 7000 series, but what’s also becoming quite the line-up of VHF and AIS choices.  Oh, plus HomePort and N2K/analog adaptors; is Garmin on a roll or what?  Actually the show doors open tomorrow, but today there are demo cruises with Sirius/XM Satellite Weather (most of the companies who use their receivers will be aboard) and with FLIR (which is getting to be a tradition).  I also mooched onto a small Humminbird demo with my Bonnier colleagues Chris Woodward and Glenn Law.  Hell of day!  I may not even be able to Twitter much due to those trips and other reasons, but weren’t you planning to do the Panbo marine electronics poll anyway?


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Ben Ellison is electronics editor for Bonnier Marine Group, specifically Yachting and Cruising World. He previously was electronics editor for Power & Motoryacht and SAIL, as well as a writer for Ocean Navigator. His blog posts appear courtesy of his website www.Panbo.com, which has 80,000 monthly readers worldwide.
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