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Old 10-02-2006, 01:37 PM
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Does Lowrance have any plans for 2007 to weather available on their units?
Old 10-03-2006, 09:22 PM
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Yes, The first unit to have weather will be the Lowrance 113-HD. The 2 biggest changes to the Lowrance line will be the NMEA RED connectors and a TRUE RJ45 CAT 5 networking systems. The system will be the XM WX weather service. Also look for XM to release a cheaper weather service next year. As for right now the 111HD, LCX-26HD and LMS-332 are gone forever!!!
Old 10-04-2006, 09:42 AM
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If they would update the units to hold more than 1000 numbers (5000 would be great) I would buy 2.
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I think over the next year you will see the weather subscription costs go down 20 -30 %.This is based on the fact thatnow there is competion (XM vs Sirius) plus more and more boaters on buying vendors units with this capability. Right now Garmin & Raymarine have the market corned (in particular Garmin)..

You'll also seemore marine electronincs vendors integrating this feature into their systemsover the next couple of years because the market is drivingit (I think alot of maunfacturers failed to realize the true potentialof this service). This feature gives existing boaters a big leg up on those that don't have real time weather displays at their boat helm consoles. It significantlyenhances boating operation andsafety especially for those that fish offshore.

Another feature you want to lookfor in a chart plotter is high speedNMEA & NMEA 2000connections (I know thecurrent Garmins have it). This will give you functionality into the AIS System. I've heard that ACR will release a Class B unit that will be substantailly less costly than the current Class A terminal. ($1200 - $1400). It will be interesting to see where this all will lead. Right know only large ships are required to install this functionality. Here's the USCG Site that gives a good overview of AIS functionality.

The marine electronics market is movinginto new areasin regards to integration new technologies and equipment fucntionality.

http://www.rdc.uscg.gov/iws/default.asp?PID=1
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Let me clarify my abovestatement in regards to NMEA 0183 High Speed Data Exchange & NMEA 2000.

Garmin supports NMEA 0183 High Speed Data exchange but does not support NMEA 2000 in their current CP Models. Lowrance supports NMEA 2000 /0183 but not sure about NMEA 0183 High Speed. There you go.

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